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It don't mean a thing if you ain't got swing

get the look and get it right
WHAT WITH Boogie Nights and The Ice Storm showing in picture houses the country over, Seventies apparel is in cinematic abundance. First though, unless you want to look like a chubby-chested American adolescent stuffed into a large-lapelled shirt, leave Ice Storm chic well alone. While in all probability more men will leave the cinema quietly humming the Boooogie Nights theme tune than will want to go for the full Burt Reynolds look, there is scope for entering the spirit of the seedy Seventies porn world if only for a night. Lots of places specialise in this kind of 'original' look and it can often be hired. But be warned: vintage emporiums often charge that bit extra because they've put the work in finding the stuff. The cheapest option is to get yourself down to your local charity shop and hunt the gear out for yourself.

Clockwise from top left:

Blue polo-neck, about pounds 3, Sue Ryder Foundation Charity Shops, 72 Westbourne Grove, London W11, 0171 229 1448. Red and chrome belt, to hire for pounds 15 a day, and beige suede hipster trousers, pounds 185, the 1920s-1970s Crazy Clothes Connection, 134 Lancaster Road, London W11. Enquiries: 0171 221 3989

White linen safari jacket, pounds 65, and grey check flared trousers, pounds 75, both the Crazy Clothes Connection, as before

Brown and cream nylon shirt, pounds 35, grey check flared trousers, as before, blue and white polka-dot tank top, pounds 15, all the Crazy Clothes Connection, as before

Brown paisley shirt, pounds 16, Blackout II, 51 Endell Street, London WC2. Enquiries: 0171 240 5006

Brown check jersey shirt, pounds 45, the Crazy Clothes Connection, as before. Fitted pin-stripe three-piece suit, around pounds 20, Oxfam, 89 Camden High Street, London NW1. Enquiries: 0171 387 4354

Photographs by ANNA FAIRGRIEVE Styled by ZOE BROWN Modelled by ZANE