The 1970s disco dance movement was geared for the flashy nightclub crowd. While many of the dance fashions worn in the 1970s might seem hideous to many people now, in the disco era, flamboyant clothes were almost a requirement at dance clubs around the country. Even today, nostalgia often prompts people to dress up in '70s disco style for Halloween or retro parties.
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High-fashion shoes were an essential part of the 1970s dance outfit. There were thigh-high boots and sparkling high heels for women, and platform shoes, six inches and higher, for both men and women.
Disco Dancing Outfits for Men
Flared trousers or bell bottoms were popular dancing attire for men. A vest, often worn with buttons undone, over a silk or polyester shirt with wide lapel collars, was often seen on men in the clubs. A shaped sport jacket with wide lapels was optional. An example of this can be seen on John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever." Black and white colour combinations were popular, as were bright colours. Men could even wear pink.
Disco Dancing Outfits for Women
Disco dance outfits for women included short (mid-thigh) dresses with bell sleeves. Dresses were typically form fitting and often decorated with glittering sequins to take advantage of the lighting in disco dance clubs. Flared polyester trousers could also be worn. Multi-coloured patterns were common in the disco clubs.
Jewellery was an important part of the 1970s disco dance outfit. For men, gold or silver neck chains worn under open-necked shirts were almost essential. Men also wore medallion necklaces. Women often wore large rings, earrings and necklaces with astrological signs on them.
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