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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

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Rocky + Luella

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

Coat

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

Skirt

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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Shades

Haskell in pearl horn with toffee ($95). Warby Parker, 851 W Armitage (773-341-2890)

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Top

Colbalt Betty Top by Just One Answer ($60). Penelope's, 1913 W Division St (773-395-2351)

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Jean

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

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

Top

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

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Pants

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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Clutch

Colored Marble by Molly Virginia Made ($75). Rocky + Luella, 1919 W Chicago Ave (312-754-0987)

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Dress

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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Jacket

Calvin Klein X UO Re-Issue Denim Trucker Jacket ($99). Urban Outfitters, various locations.

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Shoe

Dexitr by Steve Madden ($129.95). Lori's, 824 Armitage Ave (773-281-5655)

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