‘Disco clothes’ were never for work, but for a night out, posing and dancing.
Bell bottomed trousers that flared, figure hugging shaped sharply cut jackets in pastel
colours that glowed in the disco light.
Elevated to new heights by platform shoes.
Silver and shimmering Lycra, sequin boob tubes and stretch catsuits sum up an era that was set alight by the film ‘Saturday Night Fever’
and the Bee Gees singers.
OK so here are some of the main fashion trends….
• Mini, midi and maxi skirts: The mini skirts didn’t die, they became shorter and
turned into micro skirts. Midi skirts up to the mid calf length and full length maxi
skirts also became quite popular.
• Hipster jeans and bell bottoms: The 70s saw moving away from the 60s hippie
look of baggy jeans and instead popularized the hip hugging jeans though
retained the bell bottoms.
• Flared trousers were equally popular among both the sexes.
• The disco-only clothing: The 70’s disco wear was normally based on two
things: stretchy material reflecting fabrics which would shine under the disco
1. Spandex tops with hot pants were the staple disco wear for the girls.
2. Vividly colored shiny disco pants in Lycra with equally dazzling halter neck
tops were also quite popular.
3. Shiny cat suits that shone in the ultraviolet lighting were also a regular
feature on dance floors.
• Platform shoes: Another lasting legacy of the seventies is the advent of platform
shoes. Although worn mainly by the ladies, however some more fashionable men
also wore them with equal panache!
• Hair and make up styles: The 70’s redefined the ‘natural’ look in make up.
While in 60’s it was the movie stars inspired perfect white complexion that ruled
the roost, in the 70’s it became fashionable to sport a tanned up look.
1. A big part of the 70s disco make up was eyeliner, not so bright colors like
blue were the order of the day. Nail polish, liquid eye shadows were also a
2. Long straight and flowing hair were the general norm in women’s hair.
The Afro look was also popular, though more among males than females.
• Accessories: Hats, oversized glasses, lots of shiny bling bling jewelry or chunky
beaded jewelry, large handbags, generally woven were some of the hottest 70’s
I have to say disco fever is not my favorite, love the music, hate the fashion.