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Style inspiration: Denim and 1970s fashion

March 23, 2011

Erin L. HubbsThere isn’t much about 1970s fashion that doesn’t make me exceedingly happy: Wide leg pants, platform shoes, longer hemlines — I love it all.

People Style Watch, April 2011 issue

The single item (well, besides flatforms) that I am most excited about this spring? The denim skirt.

And, as luck would have it, Goodwill is an excellent resource for denim skirts in a variety of styles.

All of the skirts above were spotted recently at the Cornelius Goodwill, and will set you back only $3.79 each (the skirt on the far right is Ralph Lauren)! The pink skirt isn’t denim, but I couldn’t stop myself from snapping a pic because the color is so on-trend and the length and style is straight out of the 1970s.

Depending on how you style it, your Goodwill denim skirt can be boho, Earthy, edgy, Mom-ish and chic all at the same time. Take a cue from Stella McCartney’s Spring 2011 runway, and go minimalist/clean by adding a simple pair of sandals and few (if any) other accessories. Feeling especially daring? Try denim on denim.

Denim skirts and buttoned tops can be a preppy match made in heaven. Going the preppy route? Stick to ballet flats or Jack Rogers-esque sandals. Wearing a loose and belted top with a denim skirt? Break out the flatforms for maximum 1970s.

If you opt for the shorter, button-front version and pair with a flowy peasant top (like Helena Christensen is wearing in People Style Watch) and ropey, flat sandals.

-Rachel Sutherland

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