Disco, the era of funky music, high shoes, big hair and bell-bottomed trousers was a time to look back on and see just how far people are willing to go to stay in style. People who were weary of the super-serious 60s went into the 70s wanting to party. The disco clubs and disco music were just what they needed.
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"Saturday Night Fever" Costume
The most recognisable Disco costume is the John Travolta, "Saturday Night Fever" outfit. You will need a white, three-piece suit from a thrift store or Grandpa's closet. The trousers need to be tight through the hips and loose in the legs. If you can't find them, you can take a pair that are a little too large and alter them in the hips and seat. The vest should be tight and the jacket boxy. You will need a dark shirt with a wide collar. You may need to look in the ladies department for it. It doesn't have to fit perfectly in the torso. Most of it will be covered with the vest. Last, but still very important, you will need a pair of black platform shoes. Again, if you can't find what you need in the men's department, try the ladies'. Hair should be thick, full and heavily sprayed.
Disco Stu Costume
Disco Stu, the John Travolta wannabe from the "Simpsons" is another great Disco era icon. His costume is very similar to the "Saturday Night Fever" outfit, but with a little more flair. You'll need the white suit without the vest. The jacket and pant legs will sport flame-shaped embellishments. Go to the craft store and look for iron-on decoration, or if you are artistic, you can add them with fabric paint.. Add a wide-collared blue shirt, worn tail out and unbuttoned almost to the waist. Lots of chains, a big pair of sun glasses, an afro wig and platform shoes finish the look.
For the ladies, go with a one-piece jumpsuit in a bright, funky patten. It should be tight to the knee then flair way out. You might even want to add more volume to the legs with fabric in a contrasting colour. It can almost look like you are wearing a couple of short ruffled skirts on your legs. It can be sleeveless or you can use the same contrasting material to match your sleeves to your pant legs. Finish with an afro wig, big sun glasses and lots of fake, colourful jewellery.
Roller Girl Costume
Roller skating also came back style in the 70s and disco music was perfect for roaring around the rink or down the sidewalk. The outfit of choice for this activity was a pair of short tight gym shorts, the kind with a stripe down the side, a tight glitzy tank or T-shirt and thigh-high leg warmers to protect the legs. Complete with a cool helmet and elbow pads.
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