*All photos from Tumblr*
:I tend to avoid mentioning anything personal about myself on my blog, but for the purpose of this post I will say I am a 90's child and yes I have graduated college.
Early this morning I stumbled upon a post from All That is Interesting.com about hippie communes in the 70s. The focus of the post was "48 eye-opening photographs of life on Hippie Communes" but the written introduction is what caught my eye. In it, author Julia De Guzman states:
"The country was filled with college graduates lacking any job prospects, young women who refused to lead their mothers' lives, and the myth of an 'equal' society that couldn't seem to shake its nasty history of segregation and inequality."
I had to reread her statement a few times to let it fully sink in. Guzman was writing this about young adults in the late 60's early 70's, but it hit to close to home. In high school my fiends and I were promised that a solid college degree would land us the job we've always wanted (with the home and financial security to match). Instead we were cast onto the spinning wheel of death known as "unpaid internships". Our degrees meant nothing without experience, but we still had to feed ourselves and pay off our student loans.
And while I adore my mother and would love to have a similar life, the females in my generation have demanded change once again. Social Media has given us a safe place to vocalize our complaints and work together to solve them. I would argue that our generation is the first one to talk about topics like rape so freely. The 60's and 70's broke the silence on birth control, but we're breaking the silence on being harassed in public, in schools, and at work. After years of screaming out why we need feminism we're now comfortable fighting back in everyday situations.
Guzman goes on to explain that because of those situations, people turned to the organic life found at a Hippie Commune. While every commune was different, each was created because people were fed up with society.
I truly believe that my generation has found it's way back to not only 70's style, but a 70's way of life. Organic sustainable gardening is in. Road trips and camping (from hammocks to airstreams) are the focus of 80% of social media posts. Caring about the environment and questioning the government is cool again (Missile? Aliens?). We lack the day dreams of owning a big business and dream instead of going off the grid. Mosaic bell bottoms and fringe are back, but so are the spirit and energy of the 70's.
For this reason I believe 70's trends are here to stay. Or at least for a bit. Sixties styles are trying to pop up on the runways and look books, but the spirit isn't totally there. Playing the "happy pill taking housewife" may work in photos, but it's not something tangible for our generation. It's a theme; a dress up day. Crochet, vegan leather, cowboy western, and sheer lace maxi's have found their way into a semi-permanent spot in the fashion world thanks to the 70's spirt resurfacing in our generation.
So keep your suits high cut, your prints organic, your fur faux, and your hair messy.