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70s Fashion

Womens 70s fashion

It’s an understatement to say that the 70s fashion styles were a bit far out.

But for those of us who wore them, they were the ultimate in groovy fashion!

Wild prints, shoes that added 5 inches to your height, polyester suits, short shorts that left little to the imagination, and skirts in three distinctly different lengths were just part of the 70s fashion fare. Indeed, the 70s had it all!

Though some 70s fashion trends carried over from the 1960s, including bell bottom pants and tie-dyed shirts, many new styles were distinctly 70s.

And those of us who grew up during the era took our cues from those we saw on both the little screen and the big screen. Every teen wanted a mini dress like Marcia Brady’s and young men admired John Travolta’s gleaming white three-piece Saturday Night Fever suit. Nothing was too gaudy for the 70s!

70s Skirt

While the mini skirt of the 1960s was still ultra-popular in the following decade, women who didn’t want to sport their legs now had more choices that still allowed them to look fashionable.

Dresses and skirts now came in three lengths – the traditional mini, the new midi – which landed between the knee and the ankle, and the maxi, which reached to the floor.

Coats came in the same lengths so that women could coordinate their outfits. Maxi skirts and long “granny” dresses were especially popular for formal events.

The granny dresses were often paired with chokers bearing cameos for the Victorian look that became quite popular during the 70s.

70s Pants

For both men and women, bell bottoms were still easy to find on the racks of the most popular stores.

However, the ladies also sported “hip huggers”, jeans that sat several inches below the normal waistline. These jeans or “dungarees” were often astoundingly tight and their owners were eager to decorate them with embroidery or studs and may have even bleached them to vary the color.

Men, similarly, weren’t adverse to wearing tight jeans and trousers, too. Velvet or lamé pants weren’t unusual either.

Later in the decade, leisure suits – fashioned from a variety of colors of polyester fabric ranging from baby blue and mint green to brown – were all the rage and were a trend most agree need not ever be repeated.

Also in the late 1970s, both men and women squeezed into jumpsuits, one-piece outfits that zipped up the front and were usually worn with a wide belt. It was also a questionable trend, especially for those who were less than slim!

70s Shirts

Whereas men’s dress shirts of the 60s generally included small, button-down collars, men of the 70s wore shirts in solids and loud prints with long, pointed collars. The print shirts were often paired with the aforementioned leisure suits.

Ladies shirts ran the gamut from peasant-style, flowy tops that had become popular in the late 1960s to skimpy halter tops that were pared with equally-skimpy shorts known as hot pants. Sequined bra tops were also a common trend and, later, tube tops – a strapless sleeve of stretchy fabric that pulled over the head and covered the upper torso – were all the rage.

70s Accessories

In the 70s, traditional belts were often replaced by beads or handmade macrame creations. Large peace sign necklace or surfer’s crosses were worn around the neck on heavy chains, attesting to the importance of peace to those who were growing up during this era following the Vietnam Conflict.

But the most notable accessory of the 70s had to be the platform shoe. Worn by women of all ages and some men as well, these shoes were in every hip store in the country and some not-so-hip shops as well.

The soles on these shoes, boots, or sandals ranged from about 2 to 4 inches thick. Many of them were fashioned in wild prints, some were glittery, and others were even transparent.

They may have made it difficult to walk, but every self-respecting 70s girl and hip guy had at least a few pairs in their closet.

Later in the decade, the antithesis of this flamboyant shoe was introduced. In contrast, the “Earth Shoe”, a product of Scandinavia, sported a thick sole and a thin heel, the opposite of most traditional shoes.

The Earth Shoe was very plain. Made of leather, it usually tied or included a large front buckle and was touted by nature lovers as the perfect shoe for hiking and enjoying other outdoor pursuits.

Clothes worn in the 70s
70s Jumpsuits - The popular 70s fashion fad, men and women wore 70s jumpsuits.
70s T Shirts - Retro casual 70s t shirts that were in fashion.
70s Jacket - The 70s jacket fashion styles.
Clothes of the 1970s - Mens and womens fashion in the 70s.
Tie Dye Shirts - A big 70s fashion trend, tie dye t shirts and clothing.
70s Dresses - Dress fashion in the 70s, 70s Mini Dresses, 70s Maxi Dresses, Peasant Dresses.
70s Midi - Midi length skirts and dresses in 70s fashion.
70s Mini Dresses - The short style 70s fashion mini dress.
70s Maxi Dress - If you were fashionable in the early to mid 70s you had a maxi dress.
70s Bell Bottom Jeans - Nothing says more about 70s fashion than cool bell bottom pants.
70s Leisure Suit - 70s fashion for men, the cool and comfortable leisure suit.
Jeans in the 70s - 70s fashion jeans, bell bottoms, hip huggers, flared 70s jeans.
70s Pants - 70s pants that were in fashion, bell bottom pants, flared pants, polyester pants, hip huggers.
70s Fashion Trends - The groovy 70s fashion styles.
1970s Vintage Clothing - Fashion from the 1970s, popular 70s vintage clothing.
Style of the 70s - The 70s style fashions that were popular in the decade.
70s Look - Putting Together a 70s Look
1970s Models - Fashion models in the decade.
70s Fashion Accessories
70s Accessories - Popular 70s fashion accessories for your 70s outfit.
70s Headbands - Headbands were a cool 70s fashion statement, hippie headbands, macrame headbands.
70s Sunglasses - 70s style sunglasses, a groovy 70s fashion statement.
70s Hats - Womens hats were a fashion statement in the decade, 70s hat styles.
70s Belts - A trendy 70s accessory for any outfit a cool 70s belt.
1970s Jewelry - Jewelry accessories during the 1970s decade.
1970s Watches - The popular 70s accessories for men and women the 1970s watches.
70s Shoes
70s Platform Shoes - The Groovy 70s platform shoes, a very popular shoe in the 70s.
70s Go Go Boots - Fashionable go go boots were a cool shoe in the 70s.
70s Hippie Fashion
Peace Sign Necklace - A popular 70 fashion accessory, the peace sign necklace.
Hippie Headbands - Hippie headbands a definite early 70s fashion statement.
Hippie Style - Hippie fashion, clothing hippies wore in the 70s.
Disco Fashion
70s Disco Dresses - The fashion that was worn at the 70s disco dance clubs.
70s Disco Oufits - 70s disco outfits for men, 70s disco outfits for women.
70s Disco Shirts - Groovy polyester disco shirts in the 70s.
Man wearing 70s fashion