Retro Remix: 10 Fashion Throwbacks

By Sharon Mosley

September 23, 2014 4 min read

Bell-bottoms have not bottomed out. Tie-dye is not dead. And the fringe is still flying. Fashion designers have always been inspired by their favorites from the past, and this year, they're rockin' the 1960s and '70s — and yes, even the '80s. What's old is new again, but with a new modern edge that is anything but old-fashioned. And you can drink to that!

Check off a few of these trends to add a retro flair to your wardrobe this fall:

—Patterned shift dresses. A '60s classic, this straight and narrow sleeveless dress has been a staple in our closets for years. But designers take it up a notch this year with paisley prints, geometric graphics, digitized stripes and psychedelic tie-dyed patterns. Team it with knee-high boots and you've got the vibe.

—Fringed anything. From fringed skirts to fringed jackets to even fringed hobo bags, the fringe is flying off the racks this fall. Mix it with suede and you will add a ton of spirit to your wardrobe with just this one fun touch.

—Chubby furs. Cozy and fuzzy, these short jackets are going to be turning up on the coldest days ahead. They really make a statement in colorful icy pastels. A great way to top off those bell-bottom jeans.

—Jean jackets. In the '70s, they were staples; now they are once again a classic basic that is reworked in new washes and designs. You know they're a fashion all-star when models strut the runways at Chanel in them.

—Printed pants. These are meant to be seen! In florals, patchworks and checkerboard squares, the printed pant is once again making the rounds with the fashion crowd, which loves to show off these bottoms with swingy coats and jackets.

—The culottes. Wide legs are back! And the newest way to update your pants wardrobe is with a pair of shorter culottes. Team them with tights and boots, and give your skinny jeans a break.

—Velvet blazers. Think Marianne Faithfull and her velvet blazers in rich jewel tones. Pair them with matching pants for a luxe pantsuit. Invest in these pieces now for the holiday season ahead.

—Sweater coats. One of my favorite fashion throwbacks, the sweater coat is the perfect transition cover-up between fall and winter. This fall, it's also trimmed with leather and fur for even more of a chic twist.

—White boots. Nancy Sinatra made these boots front-page fashion news in the '60s, and they're once again walking all over the style pages in dressed-up python skins and even lace. Let's go-go!

—Logo handbags. So '80s — the name's the game in handbags once again. Status bags are back, and not the ones from Canal Street. So if you've got the extra cash and the dash, go for it. As for me, I'm digging out my old Louis Vuitton from 1986.

 The shift dress gets retro flair this fall with graphic stripes. From Worthington at J.C. Penney.
The shift dress gets retro flair this fall with graphic stripes. From Worthington at J.C. Penney.

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