Summer of Love

by Amelia Diamond
July 21, 2014

Ending July a la 1960-something to 70’s high-waisted happiness

Personally I don’t think it’s too much to ask that we go back to the days of lying on our backs while a friend or a disassembled hanger assists us in the zipping of our jeans. Modern low-slung and stretch-fabric denim were a gift to guts for sure, but suddenly pants just don’t seem to feel right unless they’re suffocating belly buttons and slicing the toe of that proverbial-crotched camel.

Part of it has to do with the rise and rise of crop tops. When the question of bra-or-shirt? started to become a regular game while getting dressed, pants had to up the ante in inches to counter balance all of this skin. And then, because when you give a mouse a cookie he almost always demands for almond milk, the height of said waistline needed to be counterbalanced by a wide leg which — when you’re 5’3″ and fancy free — means you need a gigantic clodhopper of a shoe to kick the whole thing into motion.

And then suddenly you’re in an outfit. Suddenly you’re in an outfit in a high school bathroom discussing the supposed male fantasy that is Gilligan’s Island…

when this whole time you were thinking to yourself, whoa dude, I was just trying to watch some wholesome Nick at Nite while simultaneously figuring out where to purchase Gilligan’s cropped flares. 

Or perhaps you, like me, were simply trying to find balance in the sartorial dichotomy that is deciding on a favorite fashion year from the mid 1960s to the just-pre-disco-70s. Is the look about the true blue 1967 summer of love — that Haight-Ashbury-hippie as seen through romanticized rose-colored lenses (and less of a LSD-laden reality per Joan Didion)?

Or is it more about that sweet spot of 1976 when all outfits were androgynous, not because the women wore “borrowing from the boys” but more so because the guys were possibly borrowing from their sisters, and everyone — bless their ability to suck it in or suck it up — wore those aforementioned, perfect, high waisted jeans?

What about all of those pleasant blouses that seemed to permeate the market? Can a girl holler at a funky floaty top with at least one layer of frill?

She sure can.

Besides, it’s not like someone’s going to question you on the exact year your look-of-the-day was inspired by. Should someone point out that, “actually, your strange and colorful vest’s self-described homage to the Beatles is far more Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band than it is Abbey Road,” throw glitter in their eyes and ask them who went and made them the circa-officers. 

Or you could, by the way, simply say (while verbally omitting a year altogether) that your look of the moment was inspired by the one and only “Gloria”…meaning both the 1964 Van Morrison song and also, of course, this:


Life’s too short to argue, anyway. And to not wear high waisted pants.

  • Emma Hager

    If I could have been, like, 20 in 1974!!! That would be a dream. I have a few pairs of 70s pants that are quite camel-toe-y. There’s one pair that is most certainly harmful to my nether region circulation.

    But I really do think the 70s were the prime decade for fashion. The hippie-dippie stuff, that’s good too, but nothing beats the Halston-y rayon and eyelet cotton outfits. Dewey, lil 70s lambs.

    • Sally Waits

      Yes please, you get the DeLorean, I get the snacks, let’s road trip back to the 70s!

      Also, camel toes are one thing but my beloved vintage Levis 501 always make me look like… I don’t know how to put this… well hung? Hahaha either way, these pants seem to be the most man-repelling thing that’s out there right now and I love it!

  • maud.schellekens

    Love it!

    XOXO Maud


  • GapToothedGirl

    High waisted are great if you don’t care to lay down just for put a pairs on Personally I don’t care so I definitely love them! My mom left me tons…lucky me!!
    Thaks mommy!
    XOX, Gap.

  • Dominique

    love this post.


  • Paulina Villalpando

    I love the photos!

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  • Leandra Medine

    It’s like Queen sang: I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now!

  • HotNursingScrubs

    Not even fashion groundbreaking. It’s fashion at its best if this picture is taken in the 70’s. I really like the style; kind of “YeYe dans le vent”

  • diane

    Gloria Steinhem proved you could be political and also care about fashion. She may have been the original man repeller. Because she looked so good (and wore great clothes), she made feminism more palatable for the masses.

  • The Crushworthy

    Word to the high waisted pants. I can’t deal with the low slung jeans of the Britney era. You can’t bend over without flashing everyone. I’ll take the high or mid waisted any day ;)

  • Gigi Gastevich

    I actually love the way high waisted pants suck everything in…I feel much better about my stomach in them then I do in hip huggers. I even buy my yoga pants with a control top-like high waist. There’s always a risk, though, when I eat a big breakfast and then go to get dressed and oops, none of my pants fit!

    Love, Gigi
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  • Tracy

    Love the 60’s effortless-chic style!

  • coffeetoo

    Love the Gloria Steinem look in the white jeans but dang, can’t take my eyes off of Maya Angelou’s skirt.

  • heather gilmour

    Love that retro vision! 70’s sound to be a great time!
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  • Shannon Kearns

    You know, I really love reading your posts, but this one really stood out to me because of the perfect compilation of “hippie-dippie stuff,” to snag a term from Emma :-) I have a few high-waisted pants, but one can never have too many. I think ?

    -Shannon at

  • Clare Bren

    Love high-waisted flares! Im usually all about comfort, but these are one of the only pieces in my wardrobe worth enduring pain to wear. Ive found cute high-waisted jeans on Free People, Zara, and Top Shop but if anyone knows of a good vintage site let me know!

  • andreas georgiou

    Εδώ θα βρειτε καταπληκτικά ρούχα σε μεγάλα μεγέθη

  • Jordan Wester

    As someone who is a slim pear shape, high waisted pants are perfect. They sit at my waist, & with the right top make me look like an hourglass. Love them!

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