Disco Era Clothing Styles

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Disco Era Clothing Styles
Clothing styles for the disco era are distinctive. (disco image by Danielle Bonardelle from Fotolia.com)

Disco fashion in the 1970s ranged widely. From loose fitting to skin tight, anything went. Fashion in the disco era was all about excess: sequins, bright colours and whatever else looked good on the dance floor. This marked one of the first times in American culture when mainstream women were allowed to dress sexily without much backlash.

Platform Shoes

Platform shoes were all the rage in the disco era, and the higher the better. People wore platforms with all types of outfits---shorts, dresses and trousers. Many types of shoes came with platform soles, from sandals to tennis shoes. Platform soles could range from only an inch or so high to three to four inches.

Hot Pants

A popular choice for women was hot trousers. Hot trousers are extremely short shorts, often exposing the lower portion of a woman's behind. They could be denim or polyester and were often brightly coloured. Hot trousers might have been worn with platform shoes, high boots or flat sandals.


Kaftans were another extreme in the disco era. Kaftans are long, flowing dresses with long sleeves and not much shape. Their popularity began with hippies in the 1960s and extended to the disco era, when people wore brightly coloured or sequinned kaftans. Some people wore belts with their kaftans for a more shapely look.

Bell Bottoms

The most popular trousers style for disco dancers was bell bottoms. These trousers were usually extremely tight to the knee and then ballooned out, forming a bell-like look. The larger the bell, the better. Bell bottoms were popular for both men and women and would often be paired with tight-fitting shirts.

Maxi Dress

Women often wore maxi dresses during the evening for a more formal look. The dresses were long and usually sleeveless or strapless. They could be beaded or sequinned for extra flair. Maxi dresses were likely made of satin or other shiny fabrics.

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