The diverse fashion of 1970s reflected a new interest in clothing as assertiveness.Long and lean outfits with too much hair were symbolic for both sexes which made it an androgynous era.High waist pants and shag hair-cuts in unisex hair salons were preferred by both the sexes. Platform shoes for men and women appeared that time.
70s fashion somehow followed 60s Pop art, Op art and psychedelic themes with bold prints in bright colors and geometric designs.The hippie’s bohemian styles with spanking colors as well as with ethnic elements were on the board as well. Long printed dresses with lace of crumpled bib fronts added a devious romance.
Men and women craved for similar styles in 1970s. Early 70s bell bottoms somehow replaced by less amplified flare legged pants and by the end of the decade by straight legs. The young men and women were carrying the same look accompaniedby flowing tresses. T-shirts with button down, long sleeved tight t-shirts were worn tucked in.
Pant suits were the common business attire for women, and one of the Best 70s Halloween Costumes, paired with button down shirts having large, pointy collars and with masculine jackets. Pussycat bows to women’s blouses worn for dress or business added a touch of femininity. Cross-dressing got a new appeal, males began to prefer flowing scarves, lipstick and bright colors usually sported by women. Androgyny achieved new heights with an ironic form of glamour.
Hippies and Bohemians
A new interest in rural living and handicrafts were introduced. Adherents of back to the earth culture worn simple garments based on European peasant costume, American pioneer clothing and ethnic styles. Loose, soft and easy to sew shirts and other dresses worn with sandals, clogs or boots. Granny dresses were so popular and often showed up at wedding.
For attractive hippie look with comfort Dashikis and Kaftans were widely preferred. Past restraints were broke free with curly hair and 60s Afro became in vogue.Cotton floral print with long sleeves, high necklines trimmed with lace slipped into mainstream and was a commercial success.
Thrift stores offered unique garments for the people who looked to clothing for self-expression and also with low prices.Early retro fashion such as jackets, coats, jewelry and hats were mingled with modern jeans and other garments influenced by classic movies.
Emergence of new sound
A subculture and a new brand of music were popularized in the 1960s and young people started gatheringinto dance clubs called discotheques. In the 70s, urban youth looked for glamour at the dance floor and new fashion gain strength. Halter dresses or hot pants made of satiny fabrics with sequins were for women and tight, skinny pants with tucked in shirts opened half way down the chest, for men.
The Punk styles
The recession of mid 70s led toward a sturdy mode of antisocial reaction. Unemployment and dim future brought a marginalized feeling to the youth and they started wearing torn pants, black clothing with choppy haircuts and chains. Women paired miniskirts with torn fishnet stockings. Tight black pants with large zippers, straps and studs were among the 70s Halloween Costumes.
1970s made personal choices fashionable and the world of fashion reshaped forever.