Isn't a bit like the summer in the 70s?

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Ok so this only works if you're a child of the '70s.  When the Summers were a billionty years long.  They were warm, check, we had pretty much not a lot to do, check and had to get permission from our parents (now read government) to do anything.  Oh and parents cut their childrens' hair (see Insta Stories for a holy show of '70s hair cuts.  It's genius and thank you thank you to everyone who has contributed. 

And in the spirit of all things '70s, I'm bringing back the fashion.  So I have the wide leg jeans in the research pit but in the meantime, I was stunned by all the incredible frocks on the pics. 

So let's go a dress hunting. 

It was this one which first gave me the idea - found at Mango.

Printed long dress from Mango £49.99

Pitching in with my favourite second time round.  I LOVE this one.  Seriously seriously love it.  You could wear it for just bombing around the house at home, it will be perfect for a party (and BOY will you be wanting a dress for a party when this is all over...), plus you'll have it for years to come. 

Free People Getaway floral cotton midi dress £150

Smock style again at Max Studio exclusively at John Lewis. 

Max Studio Floral Square Neck Smocked Maxi Dress £80

Sticking with the florals and everything Laura Ashley inspired... 

YAS Florals Original Cotton Maxi Dress in Floral Print £80

Pretty much anything with shirring is position A when it comes to the '70s.  Stat.

Shirred waist check, multicoloured embroidery, check. 

ASOS DESIGN embroidered dress £55

Ashleigh Daisy Print Shirred Dress from Monsoon was £60 now £42

Wasn't everything bright orange in the 70s? Ok it was mostly furniture by my reckoning but I'm good for tangerine wallpaper or cushions right now so let's bring back the feeling in a dress. 

Midi Shirt Dress from Mango £69.99

Is gingham 70s?  It seems to me if it isn't it should be... 

Checked Cotton Dress from Mango £49.99

Another in the sale at Topshop at Selfridges (free delivery...!). 

Topshop Gingham Dress now £20

This one most definitely - check and shirring - CHECK!

Red Check Shirred Midi Dress from Topshop £45

And the blue version which is in the sale again at Topshop now £20

Ok I'm running with this check theme.

Check Ankle Dress by YAS at Topshop £75

Staying with the 70s style tie shoulders.  

Max Studio Tie Shoulders £75

Smocked again at Me+Em 

Smocked Summer dress in black £95 25% off with THANKYOU25

And in the white again £95 from Me+Em pre 25% discount.

And a blow the budget one at Ganni.

Checked shirred smock dress from Ganni at Selfridges £215

Tie shoulder maxi in the sale at Free People.

Free People Tangier Dress in Rose was £148 now £95

And then some big prints.  Big, bold and if it's a kaftan as well?  Yup, that fits the bill.  Ok so I don't know why I think kaftans are 70s esque, are they?  I think they are... and what the hell, it's a cool frock anyway.

John Lewis & Partners Martinique Tiered Maxi Dress £69

And I don't even have a photo of me in a 70s style dress this week.  Can you believe it?  But I do have a skirt - a seersucker skirt - actual vintage.  We WILL be able to trawl vintage shops again once this is all over... 

Skirt - Vintage 
Tee - H&M (Current)
Jacket - Maje (ss19)
Trainers - Golden Goose from Black White Denim

What this blog post has got me to thinking about are LockDown Dresses.  Smocks.  Inspired by the orange tent above and a dress I'm wearing as I'm typing this - a full on no shape, deliciously comfortable, fabulously cool (as in not hot not as in trendy...), midi dress.  Throw on.  Done.  I will be back...

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