Flower Power Turns 40 and Fashion Comes Full Circle

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You can almost hear The Beach Boys singing Surfer Girl and feel the sand caught in between the stitches looking at this beachside moment. 
The stunning jewelry set from Mayas Vintage Style Studio sums up what the 70s were all about: wild over-the top kitsch combined with incredibly daring design.
All I can say is Please bring back the crochet jumpsuit!!! 
Little House on the Prairie chic vintage bed linens and a Laura Ingalls quilt are made from those scratchy 70s polyester prints, styled by Jek in The Box.
Check out the detail in this vintage emboidery design from the collection of Lin Moon at Flickrz.
This dress is an excellent example of 70s fashion at its finest. 
You can almost hear The Beach Boys singing Surfer Girl and feel the sand caught in between the stitches looking at this beachside moment. 
You can almost hear The Beach Boys singing "Surfer Girl" and feel the sand caught in between the stitches looking at this beachside moment. 
Photo: Courtesy of Phunktified/Flickrz

Who would have thought that bell-bottoms would ever make a comeback (can you imagine shoulder pads ever being the must-have again?) Or that macrame had its virtues? The Leisure suit its charms? It is astounding to think that what made us cringe and hide pictures of ourselves 10 years ago is the thrift store "eureka" find of today. One striking feature of the hippie fashion scene is the abundance of DIY: hipsters on all coasts were tie-dyeing, crocheting, knitting, sewing, and stringing "lovebeads" as proud and personal expressions of "letting it all hang out." Here's a backward glance at the "boss" fashions of the early '70s. If you squint at the date you'll swear you were looking at a style guide for 2008.

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