Sexy Retro Glam Looks for Every Body Type
Do a time warp with these retro finds for spring.
Paging Marty McFly… The Spring 2011 collections have given us a taste of time travel with their ‘70s-influenced pieces—think flared pants, turbans, bow-tie blouses, “Partridge Family” prints, and maxi skirts like Jennifer Aniston’s dress—and now comes word that H&M is collaborating with Swedish Hasbeens on a line of wooden-soled wedges. Is it just a matter of time before we start doing the Hustle? You could just hit the local vintage store and rifle through some $80 moth-ridden garments, but we think you’ll find these brand-new, “old” options much more tempting.
Petite girls will unfortunately have to rule out some ‘70s style signatures. Flared bottoms tend to cut off short legs, and caftans can be overwhelming. Instead, look for prints that are small like the one that Nicole Richie has on and make sure they’re proportional to your frame; vertical prints will help create the illusion of length. Wrap dresses are universally flattering, or you can channel your inner disco diva with a halter-neck or one-sleeved party dress. Don’t forget to break out those height-boosting platforms (or “flatforms,” as they’re called now) and wedges.
Crazy for retro prints? Avoid drowning yourself in a Mrs. Roper-style maxi and opt for this empire-waisted mini dress. The short hem and plunging V-neck provide a sultry flash of skin while the bold embroidered detail is balanced out by the solid black material. Forever 21 embroidered surplice dress ($29.80, forever21.com)
Available in black or nude, the hanging cowl neckline of this sexy top draws the eye up and down, making short bodies appear longer. Pair with sleek, form-fitting bottoms to let the blouse’s draping stand out. Maggie Ward chiffon blouse ($168, nordstrom.com).
We’d pair this floaty number with black velvet peep-toe platforms and a Farrah-style flip. This baby was made for twirling on the dance floor. Topshop petite black paisley one-shoulder dress ($100, topshop.com)
Two words: wrap dress. This ‘70s signature has a timeless appeal and flatters your curves with its cinched waist and hint of cleavage. Curvy girls like Jessica Simpson, should look for draping, blouses with batwing sleeves, bigger prints that are proportionate to their frame and trousers with just a little bit of flare—avoid the urge to go whole hog with a bellbottom, which shortens the legs and makes them look wider. Tie-neck blouses tend to add volume to the chest area, so busty babes should steer clear. Also, watch out for shapeless caftans that do nothing for your figure.
Nail Studio 54 style in this ultra-glam sequined party dress, which boasts ‘70s-inspired draping and dolman sleeves. Proof that looking sexy doesn’t require showing off tons of skin. David Meister sequined draped short dress ($390, bloomingdales.com)
Also available in black, this retro wrap dress is flirty, fun, and fab for hiding “bingo wings” under its loose sleeves. Add a fitted blazer and a belt for the office, or throw on some strappy heels and a stack of bangles for your next party. Rachel Pally Alma knit dress ($238, nordstrom.com)
Highlight the embroidered and batwing sleeve trends with this sexy sheer black top. For a modern edge, pair it with slim-fit black jeans and heels or studded boots. INC International Concepts plus size top, batwing sleeve embroidered ($89, macys.com)
Styles for leggy ladies like Heidi Klum and Jen Aniston, next!