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The best new spring fashions in Chicago

This spring's trends are channeling the 1970s flower child for inspiration, with looks like bell-bottoms and florals

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Jaclyn Rivas
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The `70s are back! It's great news for those who can rock a retro look with ease—we're looking at you, Florence Welch—but not so great for those left dazed and confused by the decade. Here's our guide to tackling these tricky hippie-inspired trends with ease, with some of our favorite items from new Chicago shops and big-time retailers alike. With chunky heels from some of our best shoe stores, suede skirts and denim jackets, you'll have ideas for the best festival style in time for summer, too.

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Favorite 1970s-inspired fashions

Coat
Photograph: Courtesy H&M

Coat

Imitation suede coat ($60). H&M, various locations.

Back in the day, suede was everywhere: coats, skirts, boots, random fringe. It’s no surprise then, as the boho look returns, suede is having a moment. Hard to imagine wearing it to the office? Pull in a silk blouse, throw on some heeled boots and give this patchworked suede skirt a chance. Patchwork leather miniskirt ($69.90). Zara, various locations.

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This may seem like a daunting look to tackle, but pair flare jeans with a cute crop top and you have yourself the perfect outfit for a stroll—or skate—around the city. Crop tops aren’t your thing? Try a basic white T-shirt instead. BDG Morrison high-rise flare jean in worn blue ($64). Urban Outfitters, various locations.

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Sandal
Photograph: Courtesy Steve Madden

Sandal

Tashha sandal in natural leather ($99.95). Steve Madden, various locations.

Hat

Big Ticket fedora in camel ($90). Goorin Bros, 1533 N Milwaukee Ave (773-384-4287)

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Top
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Top

Short blouse ($18). H&M, various locations.

And then came the years of disco and pantsuits. Why not take a risk the next time you’re out and rock a bold, colored pant with a simple top? If you’re feeling a bit more reserved, ease into the trend with pants in a neutral color. Eloise wide leg trousers in light poppy by Alice + Olivia ($298). Nordstrom, various locations.

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Dress
Photograph: Courtesy Anthropologie

Dress

Pull together a soft lace shift dress with an edgy denim jacket, and you have yourself a look that can quickly shift from casual to formal. Enid swing dress ($148). Anthropologie, various locations.

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