If the sixties was swinging, then the seventies was a veritable orgy of colour, pattern and texture. When considering its revival, it doesn’t do well to remember things like bell-bottom jeans, shiny nylon shirts and pornographic facial hair. Rather, think of the seventies as a time when men dressed with flair, flamboyance and above all else, fun. There was a rebelliousness to the decade that rings true with the changing times that we find ourselves in, a spirit which has clearly resonated with a host of today’s most ebullient designers. The plush fabrics, expressive lines and borderline-garish prints of the decade have returned to the forefront of menswear, albeit with a modicum of restraint absent from the last time around. Here, we revisit some of the most supreme seventies stylings, updated for the modern man.
Consider corduroy the Trojan Horse that ended the seventies moratorium. Having shaken off its retired geography teacher image, this softly ribbed fabric (known in some parts of the world as Manchester Cloth, after the city where it was historically made) has reclaimed its rightful place in our wardrobes. A pair of tobacco brown cord trousers is a subtle way of breaking the textural monotony, and feels preppy when worn with a chunky cable knit sweater. Similarly, a soft-shouldered blazer shrugs off any unwanted comparisons when worn with rugged selvedge denim. The key to keeping the look contemporary is to keep it unstructured and slim-fitting, avoiding any bulky layering. This is especially true if wearing it as a two-piece suit, which should always be teamed with a simple roll-neck and leather boots or shoes.