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Denim goes retro with 70s fashion back on ramps

Influences from the '70s are coming back in fashion in denim wear, flares, jumpsuits, patches and embroidery are back in trend. Classic designs from the era are being combined with playful elements. Garments like cropped jackets feature distinct wide collars and utility pockets, along with embroidered and beaded patches and contrasting denim washes.

The mid-rise bell-bottom is available with all-over crochet detail, denim appliqué patches or hand-painted drawings. Flirty silhouettes and pastel colors come with the wide-leg, high-waisted flares.

One collection has a two-piece set with denim crop top and high-waist shorts, detailed with layers of pink, lavender and brown piping. The collection features a window motif that appears on chest pockets, pants and as cutouts on dresses. A pair of wide-leg overalls has a series of embroidered windows on the bib.

As designers look to the ’70s, many find inspiration in vintage materials. Denim patchwork pieces are used to create looks based on designs from existing styles. Some brands update a simple pant with a wider leg and design it in denim. Other notable styles are a reinterpreted denim shift dress that is currently in store in a wool fabrication. Details like oversized rivets and frayed edges are an additional nod to the decade.