The 1970's was a decade of importance to
When I think of the 1970's Fashion, I think of
loud clothing in synthetic fabrics such as polyester. Platform
shoes, disco fashion, and poly was the rage... Let's learn more about
1970s fashion, which began
with a continuation of the
hippie look from the late
was soon sharply characterised by
several distinct fashion trends that
have left an indelible image of the
decade commemorated in
popular culture. These include
which appeared on the fashion scene
in 1971 and often had soles 2-4 inches thick. These were worn by both
men and women (Personally, I hope the trend of men wearing platform
shoes does not return). Wide-legged, flared jeans and trousers were
another fashion mainstay for both sexes throughout most of the decade of
1970's Women's Fashion.
1970's Men's Fashion.
extremely brief, tight-fitting shorts, called hot pants, were a fashion
craze for girls and young women.
international scene, in Britain and the urban United States, from
1972-1974, fashions were inspired by extravagantly-dressed glam rock
Women's Fashion of the 1970's was highlighted by
high-waisted, flared satin trousers or denims, the latter usually
decorated with rhinestones, tight lurex halter tops, metallic-coloured
lamé and antique velvet dresses, satin hot pants, sequined bra tops.
It was an era of disco fashion.
trend for both sexes was the fitted blazer, which flared slightly at the
hip. It came in a variety of fabrics, including wool, velvet, suede, and
leather. The buttons were covered and the lapels wide.
By 1970 women chose who they wanted to be and if they felt like
wearing a short mini skirt one day and a maxi dress, midi skirt or
hot pants the next day. Women wore, what they wanted in the
1970's women's fashion and 1970's men's fashion will often be
remembered as a time period when disco helped dictate fashion.
If you wish to see a glimpse of 1970's fashion, you may want to
check the Saturday Night Fever
Trousers and trouser suits were serious fashions in the 1970s.
Pants began gently flared and reached wide bell bottom proportions
by about 1975. After which they slowly reduced to straight and wide
until by the end of the seventies they were finally narrow again.
In the 1970's had its share of tie-dye apparel.
Footwear also had important trends in 1970's
fashion. In the early 1970s platform shoes started with a quite slim
sole which moved from ¼ inch up to about 4 inches at the peak of
In regard to fabrics,
was used in a great deal of the 1970's fashion produced. Many
people still enjoyed the benefits of natural fiber, but
poly did well for clothing companies
in the 70's.
1970's fashion was not all about clothing.
Hairstyles had also been an important aspect of ones style. The
goal appeared to be that you should wear your hair big. Afros and
pompadours were the height of disco fashion for men. Long, straight hair
or very tightly permed hair was the norm for women. In the 70's,
it was also important to make your body sparkle and shine. Many
women covered themselves in glitter; and wore
makeup in bright and shiny colors. The women of the 70's would
apply fake eyelashes and lots of blue eyeshadow (or other colors).
Learn more about
body glimmer and
If you lived in the 1970's and had an interest
in fashion, you would have been in style if you put on loud clothes in
You may want to also read our fashion blog post
about disco pants.
The 1970's was also marked by fashion trends
related to the punk rock scene.
Punk rock was an intentional rebuttal of the
perceived excess and pretension found in mainstream music (or even
mainstream culture as a whole), and early punk artists' fashion was
defiantly anti-materialistic. Generally unkempt, often short hairstyles
replaced the long-hair hippie look and the usually elaborate 1970s
rock/disco styles. In the United States, dirty, simple clothes - ranging
from the T-shirt/jeans/leather jacket Ramones look to the low-class,
second-hand "dress" clothes of acts like Television or Patti Smith were
preferred over the expensive or colorful clothing popular in the disco
scene. In the United Kingdom, a great deal of punk fashion from the
1970s was based on the designs of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren
and the Bromley Contingent. Mainstream punk style was influenced by
clothes sold in Malcolm McLaren's shop. Deliberately offensive
T-shirts were popular in the early punk scene. Punk clothing
sometimes incorporated everyday objects for aesthetic effect. Purposely
ripped clothes were held together by safety pins or wrapped with tape;
black bin liners (garbage bags) became dresses, shirts and skirts. Other
items added to clothing or as jewellery included razor blades and
chains. Leather, rubber and vinyl clothing have been common.
Preferred footwear included military boots,
motorcycle boots, brothel creepers, Puma Clydes (suede), Chuck Taylor
All-Stars and later, Dr. Martens boots. Tapered jeans, tight leather
pants, trousers with leopard patterns were popular choices. Other early
punks (most notably The Adicts) imitated the Droogs from A Clockwork
Orange by wearing bowler hats and braces. Hair was cropped and
deliberately made to look messy, and was often dyed bright unnatural
colors. Although provocative, these hairstyles were not as extreme as
later punk hairstyles.
Learn more about
punk fashion trends.
Below you can educate yourself about another era in fashion:
1550-1600 Fashion History
1600-1650 Fashion History
1750-1795 Fashion History
1830's-1840's Fashion History
1860's Fashion History
1870's Fashion History
1890's Fashion History
1970's Fashion History
1990's Fashion History
You may also want to read our article on
Time Line of Fashion From the Victorian Era Through the 1950's
You may also want to read about
40 Years of Fashion.
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