In the 70s, accessories were popular and important. Many were integral to the trendy outfits of the era, especially belts.
There were many different styles of belts that became fashionable throughout the 1970s decade and if you were into fashion, you had to have at least a few of each.
Macrame 70s Belts
In the 1970s world of arts and crafts, macramé was a big deal. Macrame was, quite simply, the art of tying knots in string, rope, or yarn to create different kinds of items including belts.
Anyone could do macramé, and if you were really good at it, your creations were pretty cool and you were proud to wear them.
Many macramé aficionados made belts. Some were plain and simple while others were adorned with beads or other kinds of ornamentation. The nicest thing about these belts is that they were usually soft and quite comfortable to wear and could be made in a variety of colors and styles.
Most were long, however, and included fringe at the ends and were simply tied around the waist or worn near the hips.
70s Chain Belts
Also popular in the early to mid 70s, chain belts were made out of various metals and often adorned with some sort of colorful faux gems. Some were fairly thin while others were kind of chunky.
Most of the time, they were worn by women over a long tunic shirt. They sat below the waist, near the top of the hips and clipped in the front. Usually, the excess would hang down in front.
Tooled Leather Belt
While women were busy wearing macramé, men were into tooled leather. This meant that a plain leather belt was carved or burnt to produce a design, sometimes simple and other times quite intricate.
These belts were often wide and accompanied by a large buckle, almost Western in style.
70s Disco Belts
During the 70s disco era, one of the most popular trends was the jumpsuit. These were worn by both men and women. Most jumpsuit wearers would wear some sort of elaborate belt around their waist, usually cinched fairly tightly.
For women, these belts were usually 4 to 5 inches thick and many of them were stretchy. Rather than buckling in the front, they would often buckle in the back.
Many were made of shiny material or sported a textured look, often like fake snakeskin or alligator skin. Some were quite sparkly.
Men wore wide belts as well, and often they were almost as glitzy as those worn by the women.