The 70s Disco Look
Immortalized by the films like ‘Saturday night fever’, the 70’s decade is best known for unleashing the disco era upon the psyche of the nation. With the disco era, in came the disco fashion, which was different from 70’s outside disco fashion.
That’s right; not all the disco fashion of those days was acceptable as the regular day wear. In the disco, to be actually part of the proceedings, one needed special costumes. The mirror balls, spotlighting and strobe lights etc created a unique atmosphere that required an equally unique look.
So what exactly was the 70s look?
Some major hallmarks of the 70’s fashion:
• 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 lights.
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 rage.
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