How to dress for a '70s disco

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How to dress for a '70s disco
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A '70s disco party conjures up thoughts of "Saturday Night Fever," the Bee-Gees, Studio 54, and singers and stars that were '70s fashion icons. You can easily find costume items online, at a costume store, in the back of your or your parents' closet or at a second-hand store. Combine several fashion items from throughout the decade to create an authentic '70s look.

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  • Wig
  • '70s clothing

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    Wear bold colours. Women and men in the '70s often wore shirts and trousers with colourful patterns and bright colours.

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    Wear bell bottom trousers. Women often wore bell bottoms but also wore short miniskirts or dresses. Wide trousers were a key fashion piece for the '70s disco scene.

    Men wore fitted, collared shirts accompanied by a jacket or vest. The jacket sleeves should be flared at the cuffs for a '70s feel. Some men unbuttoned their shirts about halfway down their chest to reveal chest hair.

    Women wore loosefitting shirts or dresses with psychedelic patterns. The sleeves on women's shirts should also be flared.

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    Wear a wig with a '70s hairstyle. Women had big curly hair, such as an Afro or Farah Fawcett-style curls, or long, straight hair that was teased. You can use a bight-coloured headband as a hair accessory, if desired. Men often had shoulder-length hair, an Afro or short hair with volume.

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    Wear '70s accessories to complete your look. Men wore thick-rimmed glasses or small round glasses with coloured lenses. Consider wearing a hat or headband, peace sign necklace and other shiny, brightly coloured jewellery.

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    Finish off your look with perfect disco shoes. Women wore platforms and go-go boots. Men could wear a smaller platform shoe. Look for white shoes or coloured and patterned shoes.

Tips and warnings

  • For costume ideas, watch the "Austin Powers" movies.

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