By Cindy Weber-Cleary
Updated Feb 24, 2015 @ 12:44 pm
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Seventies fashion continues to influence designers all over the world (look for flared pants, Shaft-worthy leathers, and platform shoes in months to come) and with good reason. It was the first decade that really embraced androgyny. Sexual liberation, feminism, and antipathy towards the establishment broke down bourgeoisie barriers with brio and abandon. Boys looked like girls. Girls looked like boys. What did it matter? As long as you looked hot, it didn’t. And Bianca and Mick (above) were smoking!

In today’s gender-neutral or gender-plural world, this idea of fashion experimentation resonates—big time. It may feel a little less sexy and a little bit more political, but hey! How great is it that you can watch a show like Transparent in the comfort of your suburban family room? We’ve come a long way, baby!