{What do you think of this look?} Seventies chic…or stuck in a time warp?

Spotted at Fashion Week….When this FOF got dressed she was clearly thinking 70s glam–with her shaggy vest, round shades and wide-legged trousers. But, did she ace this retro redux or should we send her back to Studio 54?


Sherrie Mathieson: “It takes a very pretty, well-proportioned, slim woman to pull off this demanding look–the bulk, the color, the high waist. She succeeds. I love the snakeskin accessory choices and 70s inspired necklace.”

Sherrie Mathieson is a leading style expert and Random House author of Steal this Style and Forever Cool.

Lovey Dash: “She is not stuck in a time warp, she’s stuck in fashionista land. She has the whole thing going, from snake accessories to winter white, big glasses, a ratty fur vest and the high-waisted pant which made a comeback this year. I would have preferred a more simple top, perhaps a tonal cashmere tee from Kors, but hey, what do I know?”

Lovey Dash is a Beverly Hills-based stylist. She was formerly in VIP sales for Louis Vuitton on Rodeo Drive.

Glenyse Thompson: “Love everything! This is what monochromatic magic looks like. Her Mongolian vest is warm and luxurious–great for running to and from New York Fashion Week shows. The snakeskin clutch, textured shoes and statement necklace bring warmth to her neutral palette. Best of all, she looks confident, comfortable and chic.”

Glenyse Thompson is a personal home and wardrobe stylist and the creator of Styleosophy.

Susan Hersh: “Her fur vest is very chic this season, but the monochromatic look is very old. The shirt tucked into the trouser is not flattering for her figure–it makes her appear wide in the hip area. I would swap it for a slim trouser and untuck the shirt in a more fluid way. The sandal should be updated to a bootie. However, the python clutch is fashionable and the necklace makes a strong statement with the vest.”

Susan Hersh is a Ford model and the host and executive producer of Meet The Experts.

Sandra Soich: “This woman is definitely in a time warp. However, the blouse looks great, as well as her necklace. The glasses and bag work well with the other elements. And, of course, the hair is perfectly ‘70s. Not only is she in a time warp but she’s also in a city warp…I could swear she was in LA!”

Sandra Soich is wardrobe stylist to the stars and founder of YourFashionTherapist.com.

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  28. Cordia Bourque says:

    Oooh, I love both of those. Which would you be more comfortable in? I know that you really like wearing tights and those types of tops, but the maxi would be incredibly summery!

  29. Mamavalveeta03 says:

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  30. Felicia says:

    The pants are a little high on the waist, but other than that she looks great.
    She looks happy and comfortable that is what matters the most.

  31. CarolineZ says:

    Do you really think this looks good? Her pants are hideous! The shirt looks sloppy. The vest is very cool. She would have done better to update the shirt and pants.

  32. stella111 says:

    She looks terrific. Not crazy about the blouse but otherwise she’s fine. And she looks happy in her outfit.
    I just turned 65 and my best birthday present to myself was bell-bottom high-waist jeans that look fabulous on me.
    Wear what you like, wear what looks good on you. If somebody else doesn’t like it, that’s their problem!

  33. tarheel4ever says:

    If she’s happy, I’m happy. I really hate to judge someone based on their clothing. She isn’t indecent or gross so … live and let live. 🙂

  34. Ladyhealer49@hotmail.com says:

    Her look is “70’s -ish”, all right, and while it wouldn’t work for me at all, she is pulling it off very well. I especially like the reptile look bag & shoes. 🙂

  35. Barbara says:

    I am exhuasted by the petty comments—Do any of you critical ladies look half that good on a good day?!?!?!

  36. JoAnn says:

    The 70’s was my favorite decade, and yes she wears it well, I love it all.

  37. Casey04 says:

    She looks very stylish and hot!

  38. Shirlee P. says:

    I love the look of the entire outfit, however the pants do not fit her
    well. The waist is too tight and wrinkled in the crotch…..not good.
    Outside of that, she looks lovely.

  39. susan grant says:

    I’m with Susan and Sandra on this one. LA, yes, Manhattan, no.
    The shirt outside of slimmer slacks would be much more casual and flattering, as the high and slightly too tight waist accentuate this woman’s stomach.

  40. Mick says:

    She looks chic. The tucked in blouse would have worked better if it was more fluid – a jersey turtleneck or cashmere sweater untucked comes to mind, and would have showcased the necklace more. The rest: fab! She rocks the look.

  41. Robin says:

    I think she looks great! Yes it is very retro, but she can pull it off with class. Why should we all have to try to fit into a certain look? If she is happy with her look leave it alone.

  42. JeanW says:

    She pulls this look off very well and as they say everything old looks new again.

  43. Norma Byrd says:

    I’m not at all up on current clothing fashion or hair styles. Where I live has actually been voted “worst dressed people on the planet” so I can’t evaluate based on those elements. I just know that I probably would not wear this outfit unless it’s all I could find in the closet. I guess I’m not into the “LOOK AT ME!!!” syndrome. Also, I have never liked the high-waste pants and would never wear them. They divide the figure disproportionately and are not flattering to anyone, fashionable or not.

  44. Ctgal says:

    And wasn’t the fur vest popular this winter? It was everywhere. So she’s not totally 70’s, just current with a 70’s twist.

  45. Ctgal says:

    I thought the 70’s are back again. Fall ’12 showed lots of wide pants. And I like the monochromatic look. If she can pull off white, more power to her. I could never at 5’4″! Everything is perfect! You guys are picky. 🙂

  46. barbara says:

    She looks terrific and the she is obviously out for the a social occasion and could go to many venues and fit right in!! I expereinced the 70s and her look is much more chic and deserving of praise than some of the comments — her hair is great also!?

  47. Cynthia says:

    I love this look, with the exception of the blouse that strikes the only jarring note. It should be untucked to cover the unflattering zipper curve in the pants that highlight the tummy curve. And it might be just me, but those cuffs remind me of the cheap polyester blouses from the 70s.

  48. Joanne Van Genderen says:

    While the look wouldn’t work on every woman, it certainly
    works for this woman. Who cares about a decade style when what really matters is the overall picture. This woman wears it with confidence. I think she looks great.

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  49. Diana Tenes says:

    This this perfect ensemble for a 70’s movies.
    She is beautiful, elegant and thin she can wear anything.
    Using a piece of vintage here or there is fine, but not the whole outfit, unless it is for a costume party.
    It is over done for my taste. She simply needs to lighten up.

    The matching shoes and bag too much; A shoe to match the pant or a lighter shoe.
    The necklace is too heavy, a layered chain around the neck.
    A thin simple pullover sweater instead of a blouse.

  50. Marcia says:

    I like the look — it’s fun. And I think she pulled everything together well. So many of today’s styles are pulled from “yesterday,” why NOT have a 70’s look? I don’t think she’s in a time warp at all.

  51. Trisha says:

    I like this look. a nice top, over the pants, would look better, but I disagree with the untucked shirt comment. That would make it look sloppy. At least she is not trying to look 20 years younger with tight pants or leggings.

  52. mlh125 says:

    yikes! too much white and I would never take someone seriously that wore a vest like that..the term “rich bitch” comes to mind immediately!

  53. bclaxton says:

    I love the look!

  54. dscandone says:

    She looks great – what struck me is how the experts don’t agree! How are we to “know” what to wear – Aha just wear what you love – and this woman did it well she looks happy and confident.

  55. LydiaAlice says:

    This is a look that 1) would be clownish on me and 2) in any place other than an enormous city would jump out like an Abominable Snowman loping down the street.

    HOWEVER, I do think she looks great in it. If she’s happy and confident in this outfit (and that is my crucible), then she should go for it.

  56. Mary E says:

    Don’t like the way the pants button at the waist either.

  57. Mary E says:

    Not a fan of anything fur.

  58. NJCathi says:

    She looks like a Rachel Zoe wannabe. I would rather see her own style rather than an exact copy of someone else’s.

  59. Mara says:

    I think that if you did the 70’s once, you shouldn’t revisit it.

  60. elisse says:

    Love it! I didn’t even see the “70s thing”! For me, who came of age in the 70’s, “style” was drag-on-the-floor elephant bell bottoms, high platform heels (still VERY much in style), leopard print (still VERY much in style), 20 necklaces on a giant overshirt a la Annie Hall, Bette Midler in Clams on the Halfshell & Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and disco, a la Sat. Night Fever…

  61. marla_j98 says:

    I think everything put together in this outfit is fantastic, except the fur jacket. It’s a little to much monochromatic and distracts from the rest of the outfit. Love the animal skin accessories, glasses and the great necklace. Maybe a simpler jacket of another color would make the rest of the outfit pop. I like her hairstyle with the cream pallete choices. :o)

  62. panda2646 says:

    Wouldn’t this be great… some of my gray barely covers when I color my hair!

  63. starsmom says:

    too much together!!…..it overwhelms her.

  64. czechchick says:

    looks good on her … dont think this would work on 5’2″ person

  65. beachwoman says:

    She certainly makes it work, especially with snakeskin accessories. I do agree about finding a new fluid top … untucked. Everything else is … WOW!

  66. Diane says:

    Even your experts all had differing opinions. I always think what a sad world it would be if we all wore just what that particular year’s fashions dictated. We would all look alike. Women are slaves to so many things, one being these horrendous, almost dangerous shoes that make one 3-4 inches taller, plus the high heels. And make feet look like boxes rather than attractive. I would imagine that orthopedic surgeons have had a field day the last few years with broken ankles, etc. There has been a rash of models falling on runways. This woman looks nice, neat and well groomed. You go, Girl!

  67. Dawn says:

    Love the look from top to bottom! She is rocking the updated 70s style!

  68. pkw says:

    She does this well. She looks great. I couldn’t pull off this look, but she looks stunning.

  69. Hawklady says:

    She looks well in white but… The pants and shirt look dated. The vest is great and so is the bag. An untucked long sleeved tee and straight legged pants would have balanced the vest. Got to say, she is lovely and pulls this off better than most.

  70. donna s kopenhaver says:

    I think the look is very “on” trend right now I love it on her. She has the clutch, heels, necklace with texture and pattern, even the sunglasses has a subtle hint of pattern. The pants are perfect not too tight ,not too baggy. Sleek looking. This outfit can hide many mistakes lol

  71. VJ says:

    I don’t like the pants. I think she has a better figure than they show. And I don’t like the top either. Other than that I think she looks great. Such a beautiful face!

  72. WLONGMAN says:

    I’m with Sherrie. This woman wears the 70s well!


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