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Fashion flashbacks – 1970s cable knits

10 October 2010 3 Comments

Take a look at these chaps – members of the Manson Family or fashion icons? While I’d have had my concerns about the double bass player, at the moment this look is pretty damn hot. The fashion press have said so themselves.

1970s fashion at Pike Place Market, Seattle

Oversized chunky knit scarves were featured in Vogue’s September issue, and while denim jackets may be a little last season, Marc Jacobs, Asish, Prada, Chanel, Michael Kors and Diane Von Furstenburg were among the top designers to wrap their waifs up in cable knitted jumpers, cardigans and dresses your grandma would be proud of at London Fashion Week.

In particular, the cream cable knit sweater has truly stood the test of time. Pick up ones worn by men such as these – your dad even – from vintage boutiques, charity shops and car boot sales. Or your mum may have an original stashed away from the first time round – perhaps you could “look after it” for a while.

The 1970s supermarket mum below would be a street style celebration if she stepped out of her local Tesco dressed like this now – or at least she would deserve to be. Cream cable knit sweater, high-waisted flared trousers – as championed by Chloe and Emilio Pucci – and fabulous tan platforms – the chunkier the better this season. The natural, bouncy hair is pretty catwalk-ready too.

1970s supermarket fashion - cable knit jumper

In a nautical dress, white tights and Mary Janes, the little girl could be a young Alexa Chung, and check out the camel coats in the background.

True fashion inspiration. And 16p soup – those really were the days.

Words: Jo-ann Fortune

Images: By Flickr users Seattle Municipal Archives and LittleMissSilly