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Fermanagh goes back to the 70s

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By Sharon Irvine

As I am sure you all know by now I am a big fan of vintage clothing and am always delighted when old trends come back in style again.

It must seem funny for those who lived through those decades to see what they wore in their youth coming back into fashion again decades later. It always makes me laugh how a whole decade can be classed as a ‘trend’ considering the fact that it should be impossible to cram ten years of fashion into one trend.

When vintage fashions come back into style again I often wonder how those who wore it the first time around feel about it.

I have often heard it said that if you remember it the first time around you shouldn’t try it a second time but I feel this is unfair.

Items of clothing often bring back memories and if you look in your wardrobe I am sure many of the items hanging there will make you think of nights out, time spent with loved ones and perhaps of certain people.

The 1970s are back with a vengeance for spring summer 2015 and this decade will mean different things to everyone.

For me I have a romantic whimsical view of the 70s. I wasn’t around back then so my thoughts of the 70s are bohemian styles, folk rock music, festivals, maxi dresses, floppy hats, tasselled waistcoats and lots of suede. For those who lived the 70s Fermanagh style I am sure the reality was very different.

The true Fermanagh of the seventies wasn’t exactly the romantic whimsical daydream I have in my head but rather a troubled divided place.

I am sure the styles of the seventies bring back bad and good memories for many who lived in Fermanagh back then and I am sure the good memories involve the dance halls, the ceili bands, the show bands and great nights out.

When you think about it, although we have come a long way from those days, it is interesting to see that as well as the fashion of the time coming back around again the whole show band, dance hall craze has also come back round again.

The modern day take on the 1970s is a lot more up to date and it won’t look as though you are doing fancy dress or that you have just stepped out of a time machine.

Suede will be one of the key items so whether it’s a skirt, shirt, jacket or, on the less expensive end of the scale, a suede floppy hat or fringed waistcoat to have one item will transport you back to the decade.

The must have trouser of the season also happens to be a seventies staple; the flare. This doesn’t mean you have to kiss goodbye to your skinny jeans but if you want to be fashion forward flares are a must. If you are worried about looking chunky in them go for a pair with a slim line leg and with a wide kick these are universally flattering. If going for denim a heel is a must, why not embrace the era and go for a stacked platform after all this is what they were created to go with.

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