The Line Between Retro and Costume

January's W may center around a cold interview with Hilary Swank, but it also boasts a very warm, very striking 1970's inspired editorial. We read it
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January's W may center around a cold interview with Hilary Swank, but it also boasts a very warm, very striking 1970's inspired editorial. We read it
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January's W may center around a cold interview with Hilary Swank, but it also boasts a very warm, very striking 1970's inspired editorial. We read it on our flight back to New York from California, and we almost screamed for the pilot to turn the plane around so we could dress like this every single day. The clothes, the hair, the bags, the sunshine! We've always been the first and most enthusiastic to embrace retro glamour - we're the only one in the office obsessed with Dita Von Teese and we were Bettie Page for Halloween to everyone's confusion - but when it comes to actually getting dressed in the morning, we acknowledge the possibility of going too far. We're just not sure where the line is - A blousy silk top with flares and wedges might be a costume to some, but for us it's just toeing the line between Spring '73 and Spring '08. Is the addition of a denim vest too much? What about a floral headscarf? It's standard to mix and match something vintage with something modern, but sometimes we have fun creating an entirely retro look. We just wish people wouldn't ask us if it's Halloween when we do. Since the look of the 1970's has always been our favorite, we're loving the return of wedges and can't wait to see the Halston revival. Is there an era of clothing that designers have not yet revived that you emulate? Or do you stay away from retro, afraid that you might look, well, tired?

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