How to Channel Your Inner '70s-Style Goddess for Your Big Day

Showers & Parties, Wedding Dresses
70s wedding style

Photo: John Aquino

Trends come and go with each season, but for some reason, we just can't shake our love of the '70s. The fashionable era was omnipresent in all of the recent Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 collections, and left many craving free-spirited looks for all of their wedding events. To help channel this boho decade, we tapped the expert advice of celebrity stylist Hayley Atkin (Mindy Kaling, Kacey Musgraves, Beth Behrs, and Ellie Kemper are all her clients), for ways you can embrace this period's effortlessness at all of your pre-wedding festivities.

To capture the freedom of the '70s, choose a look that perfectly complements your style.
This decade was all about self-expression, so naturally, Atkin suggests shirking all rules and going for a completely personal look. "I don't believe in rules for brides," she says. Atkin continues, "This is your day to shine and feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. Freedom is the only 'rule' that applies which is why embracing the Seventies trend is so important and liberating. You should feel sexy and feminine — not constrained by a gown that does not move or flow with you. Trust me your soon-to-be spouse will embrace this trend too."

Choose subtle touches from the era to avoid looking like you're going to a costume party.
"For an outdoor summer wedding, embrace your deluxe hippie and opt for long, light and flowing dresses that billow in the wind," recommends Atkin. "Alberta Ferretti sent some beautiful numbers down the runway. For an evening affair, choose something a little more Amy Adams in American Hustle and capture your sexy side with halter plunging necklines and a silhouette that shows off your figure."

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Don't be afraid to go for a plunging neckline.
Some might think that a plunging neckline is too risqué for the ceremony and would be better suited for the bachelorette party, but Atkin begs to differ. "You have to look at your figure and body type and know what is best for you. For dresses that cover up the majority of your body, then it showing some skin is perfect, but if the gown is sultry in other areas then it is best to not have a plunging neckline. Balance is important."

A wrap dress is one of the decade's most famous and most flattering silhouettes.
"A woman can never fail with a wrap dress as it's flattering for all shapes and sizes," states Atkin. "Diane von Furstenberg always does a beautiful wrap dress as does Roberto Cavalli. Versace has some beautiful ones in their collection, such as Angelina Jolie's dress at the 2015 Critics Choice Awards."

Find a heel that gives you height but is still comfortable.
There is such a thing as a platform pump or sandal that is too high for the moments leading up to your big day and the day itself! "A pump or sandal is too high if you can't walk in it," says Atkin. "When you are in the store trying them on, walk around. If you are uncomfortable or hesitant to walk at all, you are going to regret it. A bride who cannot walk down the aisle with ease and grace will ruin her entire look. It will be too distracting. Besides your gown should be floor length so we won't even see the shoes."

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