The 1970s are back—at least on the sales floors of many area stores. Flowy bohemian-style skirts, platform sandals, disco-era silk dresses and jumpsuits, and colorful accessories add up to a nostalgic fashion moment.
The revamped ’70s styles are good news for customers who appreciate the looser fit of wide-leg pants, peasant dresses, and ankle-length skirts, says Nancy Pearlstein, owner of Relish, a Georgetown boutique that features designs straight off the runways of Paris, Milan, and New York. “A lot of women can wear these clothes and be sexy in a subtle, more appropriate way than in years past. Let’s face it—more fabric hides flaws, and clothes that have lots of strong color give you a kind of ‘I am woman’ confidence.”
Retailers hope women will be drawn to the color, patterns, soft fabrics, and feminine styling. “The ’70s trend is back probably because it’s a lot of look without a lot of effort,” says Marlene Hu Aldaba of Hu’s Wear and Hu’s Shoes in Georgetown. “It’s not too retro-looking, and woman can feel modern because they stand out from the power-suit types.”