As much I as I try and shake it, there’s a nerdy seventies vibe that is intrinsic to my style. My closet has had brief moments with the nineties (grunge baby doll, club kid), a random flirtation with eighties power dressing, but my default setting almost always boils down to high-waisted wide leg jeans, a little shrunken knit tank, and a chunky low-heeled platform sandal. Think more Freaky Friday than Saturday Night Fever, and Jane Fonda in Klute on my chicest days.
Of all the period gems in my closet though, my butterfly collar pieces are the things I cherish the most, and arguably the hardest look of the era to pull off, after the polyester leisure suit. Thrifting for them is a piece of cake, mostly because the only other shoppers I’m usually competing with are looking for clothes to wear with a disco wig on Halloween. I guess I’m just a sucker for fashion that teeters on the edge of the ridiculous, in that so-bad-it’s-groovy kind of way.
From left to right: Proenza Schouler pre-fall 2014, Miu Miu spring 2014 photos coutersy of Vogue
Now let’s just imagine that our starchy little button-down shirts spread their wings. Take a look at the spring collections, and that idea isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds. At Prada, almost every look was finished with a tidy butterfly collar and my heart almost skipped a beat when I saw them the appliquéd ultra suede coats at Miu Miu. Proenza Schouler continued the seventies mood of spring (remember those hip-swiveling Lurex dresses? Very American Hustle, come to think of it,) with pre-fall, and I can see myself swanning around in one of their fuzzy butterfly collar jackets and a pair of leather culottes in the not-too-distant future.
In the meantime this sparkly bundle of joy (pictured below) from the Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop collection has been keeping me company, and I’ve been wearing it with and without a beret since it arrived in the mail last week. In fact I would have bought the whole collection if I could. Star-shaped buttons! Tomato-red Lurex! Call it a flying start.
Photo: Ian Reid