Clothes that you can make for a '70s dance

Updated February 21, 2017

Fashions of the 1970s consisted of bold prints, bell-bottomed jeans, leisure suits and platform heels. When preparing for a '70s dance, you can easily make your own costume at home by tweaking pieces that are already in your wardrobe or that you find at thrift stores. And if you need inspiration, look at pictures and movies from the '70s to find your '70s style.

Bell Bottoms

Bell-bottomed jeans and trousers were a staple of '70s style. The right pair of bell-bottomed trousers can immediately transform your look into the '70s. Though flare-leg trousers are easy to find, bell-bottomed trousers should be even more flared and drastic. To make a pair of '70s bell-bottoms, find a pair of old flare jeans in your closet. If you don't have a pair of jeans on hand, buy a pair for a few dollars at your local thrift store. Cut a wide upside-down "V" in each side of the trousers and sew it in a larger panel of fabric to expand the legs of the jeans. Use denim fabric to expand the jeans, or instead insert a floral fabric to make them even more retro. High-rise jeans work well for this, because they were in style in the '70s.

Mini Dresses

In the 1970s, the more leg, the better. Mini-dresses were a huge trend among women in the '70s. Most dresses had long, bell sleeves, and were straight in cut. The length was extremely short, falling high-to-mid-thigh. To make your own dress, find a dress of any length with a brightly coloured pattern. Popular patterns in the '70s consisted of bold florals in bright colours. Cut the dress to a short length so that it falls at your mid-thigh, then use fabric glue to fold up the hem slightly so it doesn't begin to fray. Pair the dress with a pair of tall boots in a shiny vinyl. Platform boots were the most popular in the '70s, but for your '70s dance costume, any type will work.

Hot Shorts

Hot shorts are very short, tight shorts that were very popular in the 1970s. Both men and women wore short shorts, although women's styles were shorter. Hot shorts can easily be made. Buy a pair of shorts at the thrift store, or use a pair of your own. Hot shorts can be any material, although jean shorts will end up looking more like daisy dukes if you're not careful. Cut the shorts extremely short, so the length basically ends right below where your leg begins. Pair them with a tight tank top or T-shirt, tucked in.

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