How to make easy '70s costumes for men

Written by chance e. gartneer
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How to make easy '70s costumes for men
When brainstorming '70s costumes, think disco. (disco image by SemA from

If you've been invited to a '70s party, you better pray that you are not allergic to polyester -- otherwise, you will have to go as a nudist. Fashion from the '70s was marked with some daring and oftentimes regrettable choices. Thankfully, those choices have led to a decade of clothing fit for costumes. Seventies' costume ideas for men can be found in the music, culture, icons and attitude of that time.

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Things you need

  • Bell-bottomed jeans
  • Polyester, wide-collared shirt
  • Afro wig
  • Platform shoes
  • White jacket
  • White vest
  • White flared trousers
  • Black, wide-collared shirt
  • Black dress shoes or platform shoes
  • Medium-length wig
  • Gel or mousse
  • Coloured tuxedo
  • Frilly collared tuxedo shirt
  • Fake moustache
  • Leather car coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Rings
  • Assorted gold chains

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  1. 1

    Wear a pair of bell-bottomed jeans with a polyester, wide-collared, button-up shirt. Add some platform shoes and an Afro wig, and you will look like you just stepped off the set of "The Brady Bunch."

  2. 2

    Wear a three-piece, white suit with flared trousers and a black, wide-collared shirt to look like John Travolta's character from "Saturday Night Fever." Adding some black platform shoes, or regular black shoes, will help you set the scene on the dance floor. Don't forget a medium-length wig. If you want to do without the wig, then just slick your hair back with mousse or gel.

  3. 3

    Wear a light-blue, salmon or lime-green tuxedo with matching frilly tuxedo shirt to go as a '70s groom. Again, add platform shoes, wig and some fake facial hair (just a moustache will do). If you already are hairy and really want to commit to the part, then shave it all off except for a full moustache.

  4. 4

    Add a leather car coat to the "Brady Bunch" look to go in the opposite direction -- a '70s mafioso. Ditch the wig, and slick your hair back. Add a pair of sunglasses with large lenses, pinky rings and several gold chains to complete the look.

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