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What I Wore: 70s Dress Up

KIMONO: Target Australia via Anglicare Op Shop {similar here} | TEE: Cotton On {exact match} | JEANS: Kmart Australia | HAT: Oh Henry Vintage | NECKLACE: Gifted | SUNGLASSES: Cambodia market | BAG: Kmart Australia {available in store} | LIPSTICK: Bourjois “Rouge Edition” Velvet 06 in Pink Pong | SHOES: Kmart Australia {similar here}

It’s well and truly event season! I don’t know if I could count the number of bloggy events I’ve been to lately, but one that really stood out was Karrinyup Shopping Centre‘s S/S15 launch a few weeks back now. I was kindly invited along and it was so great to get a taste of what is to come for the future in fashion this season. Or more so a throw back to years gone by! As you may know fashion moves in cycles, and one of the latest looks all over the scene right now is a roll back to the 1970s. I know right? Think suede, flares and floaty bohemian blouses and dresses. I’m not a seventies kid, so when I saw such looks stomping on the catwalk I was a little bit flabbergasted! My Mum wore this kind of thing when she was a teen! Give me a fifties silhouette any day! As much as I couldn’t see myself rocking the trend, I had to give the look a go though, because nothing is more fun than dress ups!


This look is as seventies as it’ll get on The Illusive Femme! I didn’t go out and purchase anything for the look either, I simply “shopped” in my own wardrobe with the era in mind, and I will say I’ll probably wear this outfit again. This was actually another look I took out house hunting with E. We found our “forever home” when I was wearing this one, so I think its got a good omen about it. 

Kimono’s are such a gorgeous statement piece and I really think everyone should invest in at least one! The floaty material is perfect for covering up any unwanted lumps and bumps and they come in the most beautiful prints and patterns out. I love the floral femininity of my kimono, and guess where I got it? At an op shop! This lady-like piece was under five dollars, and I’ve had so much wear out of it over the last few sunshine seasons. E isn’t a huge fan, but she doesn’t have to wear it! Hehe. Originally from Target, you can find a great selection currently in store and online featuring beautiful detail including fringe and crochet.

With a kimono so bright and eye catching I kept it simple with a plain white tee, so not to take away from the floral print. One must always have a go to white tee, and even though this baby was under a $20 note at Cotton On, it has lasted me years! I love the slight v-neck and looser fit. And although the seventies was all about flared jeans, you won’t see me in them. They remind me of my youth and they really do not suit this lass! I kept it Em with my staple skinnies, and although they are not as hot as a flare right now they work well to balance the floatiness of the kimono and tee.


Now I’m pretty sure I’ve discussed my love of nude shoes before (yes I did, you can read more here) and a nude flat is another wardrobe staple, especially coming into Spring when you’ve had enough of black. I love that nude goes with anything and balanced the outfit. Topped off with an op shopped hat (a different way to wear a floppy felt hat here), bug eyed sunnies and a long necklace and the outfit certainly has somewhat of a seventies (almost hippy vibe)! If you want to keep up with the trends but don’t know how then just make them your own!

Now back to the event we were discussing earlier. As well as checking out the hottest looks for the season, the special guest at Karrinyup’s event was the inspiring and humble Amanda Shadforth of Oracle Fox blog. If you’ve ever watched Fashion Bloggers TV on Foxtel you will know why I was so excited to meet Mandy in the flesh! She is as kind and sweet in real life as she is on TV and I may have had a bit of a fangirl moment in her presence. Her advice for bloggers included keeping it real. Such a babe! Huge thanks to KSC for the amazing event (as usual) and inspiring me to try my own seventies look!

How do you feel about seventies fashion?

E x

PS – Here’s a few snaps from the event (before my camera died, blogger fail)! Can you tell how excited I was to meet Mandy?



  1. twenty says

    Well, the seventies, cheesecloth, flares, jeans with coloured stitching that looked like tattoo art, bubble tops, those fluff ball sheep looking jackets, granny knit skivvy’s etc etc. Oh, and kaftans and skoll’s even and indian toe thongs,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,oh dear, the list goes on.

  2. vanessajrowse says

    You look gorgeous! I don’t mind aspects of 70s fashion – like suede, fringing and the odd platform but not all at once. x

  3. I am so with you Em, as a child of the 70s who did the 90s revival, I can’t even. Flares, defs no. 50s silhouettes all the way!! That being said, you have executed a classy look with a 70s flavour without being kitsch or cray! I am looking forward to getting my kimono out this spring.

    • So glad I don’t look cray ! HAHaha! Repeating the seventies in the 90s was enough for me. Thankfully this time I’m old enough that my mum is no longer buying my clothes ha!

  4. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid says

    I am a child of the seventies and I have some ace photos from way back then. My mum was quite the fashionista and seventies fashion makes me feel all nostalgic. I draw the line at the flares and platform boots though. Love this outfit, especially the hat, my mum used to wear those all the time. Congrats on finding your forever home, that’s a lucky outfit indeed!

    • I love flash back photos! Nostalgia is totally important. Thanks for the well wishes on the house, I just can’t wait to get moving next weekend!

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