These are from New York Magazine's 40th Anniversary issue. I thought they might serve as some inspiration! Beneath the cut are some wonderful photographs of fashionable New Yorkers from the 60s to present day.
The era of the really, really mini.
Three variations on what the young art crowd wore.
The Afro, celebrated.
The midriff, a focal point of the seventies. (right)
Once the province of go-go dancers, white boots indicated modness.
The Love Story effect. (right)
A widely imitated Jackie O. look: giant glasses, scarf-wrapped head.
A military-hippy mashup.
Before it was a PETA target, fur was a status symbol. (right)
Good-bye, business suit; hello, leisure suit.
Everyone did the Annie Hall look, including Brooke Shields. (right)
In discoland, glam and girlish elements blended.
Club kids and punks. One wore Lycra, the other, leather.
The hourglass—puffy shoulders and a hip ruffle.
Post–Official Preppy Handbook, David Letterman’s rumpled chinos and rep ties were boyishly sexy, not dorky
Bare skin, bleached hair; nighttime’s hard edges became round-the-clock wear.
Big shoulders! (center)
And then there was that infatuation with the Southwest. (right)
Heavily accessorized and worn with jeans, the familiar tweed jacket became young again.
Equally prevalent: uptight and tailored, or bulky Japanese-influenced layers.
Adults wore cartoons, in all seriousness.
Socialites were reliably glossy and exuberant in their silhouettes. (right)
The Dress for Success era; no-nonsense suit, matching bag and briefcase.
Big hair! (right)
Tight, short, red, and worn with heels; this was evening glam.
And on the street, clothing barely touched the body. (right)
Men’s underwear becomes outerwear. (bottom)
David Bowie and Iman in his-and-her power suits.
Minimalism, embodied by Carolyn Bessette. (right)
Diddy, the swelegant hip-hop dandy.
Our favorite color. (right)
Marc Jacobs’s finely tuned secondary line mainstreamed vintage-eclectic mixing.
Trend OD: Murakami Vuitton bag, trucker hat, way too much pink. (center)
Real sex columnists don’t wear tutus. (right)
Birkin and Chanel, just two of the status bag’s expanding universe.
Skinny jeans, quirky hats, and...the era of the really, really mini again. (right)