Costume parties are a great outlet for adults to let loose and have fun pretending to be someone else. Parties with a 1970s theme offer a variety of possibilities, from disgraced politicians and television icons to musicians popular in the decade. Since the 1970s offered such diverse music, consider all the options when choosing to dress up as a band or band member to ensure that no one else at the party will be wearing the same costume.
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Whether you loved it or hated it, disco was a huge part of the late 70s music scene. Costumes expressing the disco era are most recognisable as being quintessentially 1970s. Men can choose from clever solo costume ideas, such as teenage Michael Jackson or Rod Stewart. Disco divas like Gloria Gaynor and Diana Ross are sexy options for ladies. A common group costume, such as The Village People, will be easily recognised, but other acts, like the BeeGees or ABBA, offer interesting costume options that are sure to turn heads. Key elements of disco costumes include tight, bell-bottomed trousers, big hair and oversized jewellery.
Music in the early 1970s stayed close to the hippie, folk sounds of the late 1960s. Although they eventually became icons of classic rock, Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" offers a definite folk sound. Other artists, like James Taylor, Carly Simon, Carole King and Peter, Paul and Mary also exemplified the singer-songwriter trend common at the beginning of the decade. Dressing as these artists requires one prop---an acoustic guitar, which can be carried in a case or strapped on your back.
Rock bands of the 1970s ranged from the heavy sounds of Black Sabbath to the psychedelic stylings of Pink Floyd. The key to creating a recognisable 70s rock music costume is choosing a band with a recognisable leader. Although you may enjoy the music of Led Zeppelin or Steve Miller Band, you may not want to spend the whole party explaining who you are supposed to be. Focus on instant recognition and dress with long blonde hair and flowing dresses like Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, or wear big glasses and sequinned suits like Elton John. Late 1970s punk rock is an often overlooked costume option. Glam up with a David Bowie costume, or get grungy like the Sex Pistols.
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