How To Wear These Timeless Looks From The ’70s

Sing praises to the ‘70s – a decade when colours were earthy, texture was king, and the fits were flattering. Here are some timeless looks from the golden era of swagger.

Wear Shearling

Jacket: Levis Sherpa Trucker, R2499. Inner Jacket: Soviet, R549. Henley T-Shirt: H&M, R179

A fur- or shearling-lined collar is the new frontier for denim or leather jackets this season, and it’s a nod to the ’70s. Wear over anything from Henley T-shirts to a thin turtleneck. Remember your earthy tones – brown is a fail-proof option, and looks rich against shearling. That applies to layering pieces, pants, and even shoes.

Double Up On Denim

Sunglasses: Guess, R1800. Jacket: Levis, R1199. Jeans: Diesel, R3599.

If we think back to one fabric that has outlasted them all, denim would undoubtedly be up there. You could try a light washed denim jacket, and team it with a darker pair of jeans. Or keep your look streamlined and clean, and wear both items with the same kind of wash. 

Amp It Up With Corduroy

Check Coat: Ted Baker, R7580. Vest: H&M, R99. Corduroy Pants: H&M, R429. Sneakers: Le Coq Sportif, R2199. Jewellery: American Swiss – Necklace, R599; Ring (Right), R2299; Ring (Left), R299.

These subtly ribbed pants are a look that’s been dormant for years, but the simple texture offers a casual alternative to your everyday look. A bright crew-neck jersey, rather than a shirt, looks best with corduroy pants. Add a modern edge with a pair of suede chukka boots and funky socks. Just skip the suede elbow patches and tweed blazer – that’s reserved for the countryside.

Be Swayed By Suede

Suede Jacket: Polo, R4999. Golfer: H&M, R629. Necklace: Sterns, R3499. Ring: American Swiss, R299. Belt: Kurt Geiger, R925. Jeans: R2999, G-Star Raw. Leather Sneakers: Le Coq Sportif, R1899.

The suede jacket was a cornerstone of Steve McQueen’s wardrobe in the 1970s, and for good reason – this rich, textured jacket upgrades everything you wear with it. Make it a versatile investment by opting for a tan shade. Layering it over a knitted golfer in autumn (or a printed shirt in spring) with a pair of jeans offers the ultimate in casual greatness. And for your footwear? Think brown, tan or leather boots or sneakers. This look is strong enough to be worn smartly to work, or to post-work drinks. Suede isn’t cheap, but invest wisely and your suede jacket could last a lifetime. Just make sure it doesn’t get wet.

Pull On A Turtleneck

Leather Jacket: Issa Leo, R3850. Poloneck: Ramsey, R1399.

It doesn’t only keep your neck warm. A turtleneck can also be very versatile, depending on the style and colour. You can play it safe with black, navy and charcoal; or ramp it up with tan, light grey and burgundy. In the ‘70s, turtlenecks were often layered underneath a shirt; but if that sounds a little intense for you, adding leather layers on top of your knitwear is a safe style bet. One combo we like: tailored trousers, turtleneck and leather jacket.

Embrace A Pattern

Aviator Sunglasses: Super, R4299. Eisenhower Jacket: Dickies, R599. Jersey: Ted Baker, R1980. Debonair Check Pants: Ted Baker, R3380. Sneakers: Adidas, R1499.

Vintage checks are now appearing on everything from men’s trousers to jackets and even caps. To rock this look, confidence is key – every guy needs a little colour in his wardrobe. Brighten up any grey day with this colourful crewneck jersey, and grab a pair of translucent sunglasses if you’re heading into winter sun.

The post How To Wear These Timeless Looks From The ’70s appeared first on Men's Health.