Vintage clothing: Basic fashions for women from the spring of ’73
If the mixture of checks and stripes and prints and plaids has been driving you dotty, stop worrying. Fashion’s on solid ground for spring. The look is even more basic than last season.
As a natural extension of the classic look in vogue right now, plan to stick to the well-cut casual clothes that fit your lifestyle. Cuffed pants, sweater sets and shirtdresses could be all you need, but this time around, try them in a solid color.
Skirt lengths hover at the knee or above for day, unless you have really super legs — then show them off with a really short skirt and color-coordinated pantyhose.
Ankle-length skirts continue to be good for everything. Try one in pastel pleated crepe with matching shirt for the most glamorous occasions. In the right color for your own coloring, this look is simply unbeatable.
– Vintage dresses & womenswear article from the Longview News-Journal (Longview, Texas) – March 18, 1973
What did women wear? Vintage ’70s dresses from the 1973 JC Penney catalog
This set of pages from the Penney’s catalog is more than just vintage dresses — it also includes vintage jackets, sweaters, pants and pantsuits (and even a few wedding dresses). Fun fact: Several of the ads feature young model/actresses Kim Basinger and Erin Gray.
Vintage clothing & ’70s style advice: Choose your color
Pick a favorite and flattering shade as your color for Spring ’73. Around it, assemble a wardrobe of simple separates in variations of that tone.
Suppose, for example, that you always feel and look good when wearing blue. Put together several ensembles in different shades of blue — such as a denim blue skirt with a pale sky blue shirt, slate suede shoes and a navy patent bag.
Accessories, too, should stay within the same color family, although the perfectly-matched handbag and shoes do look a bit dated.
It’s easy to ace the advantages of solid color dressing, but there’s one aspect you should be cautioned about: Nothing shows on the wearer like a solid color. This spring, with few jazzy prints to distract the eye, it’s you yourself that will take the stage.
For vintage ’70s dresses: Pretty clothes forecast for spring (1972)
Color your world pastel this spring with pinks and blues and yellows. No more drabs and no more dayglos, winter’s new baby colors look as though they’ll be staying on for spring.
Gentle, charming and completely feminine, Easter-egg shades will color warm-weather pants, tops, skirts, and dresses.
Pretty colors need pretty clothes, and designers are complying with collections of the prettiest styles seen in years.
New York’s Oscar de la Renta has done a whole line of feminine clothes in angoras, mohairs, jerseys, crepes, and organzas, nearly all tinted pastel for extra prettiness.
Pretty looks from Paris include Emanuel Ungaro’s classically styled slim dresses with soft neckline bows or shirred waists with drawstrings.
Yves St. Laurent likes the pretty peasant wrapped in Matisse-inspired prints. His peasant blouses and dresses feature squared-off necklines and full, easy elbow-length sleeves.
A spring harvest of pears highlights the new collection by Italian designer, Valentino. The pear print is splashed all over his shirt jackets, evening dresses, and skirts.
An alternative to the pretty-girl look is the casual sophistication of the Great Gatsby fashions. French designer, Kenzo Takada has a splendid collection of “Tennis anyone?” sweaters in white navy and burgundy or white with clay. His “stretched-out” sweaters with border-striped sleeves are worn with flared or pleated skirts, high-waisted pleated pants and head-hugging knit caps.
Vintage ’70s dresses & skirts: City styles swing
New York designers like to keep city ee in the swing of things with fashions that go from place to place in style.
Pauline Trigere remembers the traveling woman with her short, chic dinner dresses in luxurious silks and chiffons.
The versatile cardigan is making a comeback in both long and short lengths for casual and dress wear. Adele Simpson’s spring line features a variety of cardigan pant and skirt suits.
Chester Weinberg loves the blouson look, and features blouson tops on his shirts, halter dresses, and two-piece skirt ensembles.
Lively color dominates Bonnie Cashin’s line of Japanese Noh coats, Toreador pants, sling pants, and blouson tweed suits, Laurel pink, Shannon green, daffodil and persimmon are the most popular hues in the collection.
All over the world, designers have forsaken the standard red-white-and-blue spring fashions for pretty classics in a rainbow of pastel colors.
– Retro fashion article from The News (Paterson, New Jersey) November 15, 1972