Inspired By: The Hard Rock Cafe in 1971


As someone who does a lot (or perhaps far too much) thrifting, I’m always looking for new ways to put together outfits with my finds from the ’60s and ’70s. It’s pretty easily to just figure out what works, and go back to that same sort of look time and again. But lately, I’ve been considering new ways to stretch my wardrobe- especially since I’m getting ready to downgrade my closet space.

Well, imagine my surprise when I stumbled on these images from 1971’s Petticoat magazine, full of primary(ish) colors… and actually thought, Woah! What fun! I’d love to try some of these combinations! Primary colors! Who knew.  This ’70s editorial features some punk does prep styles, with a little class, and a touch of tacky. It’s rare to see that combination expertly executed, and definitely inspiring!

What are your favorite looks here? I’m loving the athletic socks over tights (image 2) and the jumper dress over wide-leg trousers (image 4).

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images: 1 2 3 4 5 all from emmapeelpants on Flickr

7 Responses

  1. I love these pictures – especially the multi-coloured buttons down the back of the dress in the last one. Time to put my button collection to use I think…. :)

  2. I love this era the most…! I have to say though my favorite element is the bright colors… I love a pop of color!!! Super fun! I am also a thrift-aholic…but Im not mad about it! Thrifting is where its at.

  3. Kyla says:

    These photos are so fun! It makes me want to go out and get some brightly colored vintage dresses :)

  4. I love that third to last outfit the most! It’s so gorgeous and I’d totally wear it. I was sad the other day because I’ve been wearing 70s vintage since I was 10. Just last month my husband told me that it is his least favorite of my vintage style I have worn and I was sad because 70s prairie dresses especially are my favorites to wear. I mean. . I was dressed in 70s clothes the day I met him 12 years ago, you’d think he’d have told me this by now. Maybe one day he’ll adjust. bwahaha.

  5. Robin says:

    I love styles from the 70

  6. Laura says:

    For some reason I now immediately want zebra gum.

  7. Alexandra says:

    I love the far right outfit from the last pic, the 3color skirt, cosy sweater with punch of color and the necklace, I would wear that in a heartbeat!!
    Thanks for the inspiration!