70s disco clothing styles

Updated February 21, 2017

Not only were music and dance a big part of the 1970s disco era, but so was clothing. Men and women expressed themselves through dance and their clothing -- the flashier and more eye-catching the apparel, the better. Though its heyday may be over, '70s disco clothing left its mark on the fashion scene and surely will not be forgotten.

Bell Bottoms

While bell bottoms started gaining popularity in the 1960s, it's the bell bottoms of the disco age that really left a mark on fashion. These trousers were more fitted at the top of the leg and gradually widened down the leg, extending into a bell shape. They came in a variety of styles and colours and by the mid- to late 70s, they had become wider, more vibrant and more sparkling than ever. Both men and women wore bell bottoms. Today, their influence can be seen in flare-legged trousers.

Mini and Maxi Dresses

During the '70s, one of the ways that women began expressing their newfound freedoms was through their clothing choices. On the disco scene, two styles of dresses were popular: the mini and the maxi. During the '70s, mini dresses had extremely short hemlines and were worn by women who wanted to show off their legs. Maxi dresses went to the other extreme, as their hemlines were so long, they nearly touched the floor. Both styles were made in a variety of bright colours, featured bold patterns and fringes and often were decorated with sequins.

Wide Collared Shirts

Men who went to the disco were usually seen sporting wide-collared shirts. These shirts had long collars that usually came to a point and, like so many other disco styles, often featured bright colours and patterns. When wearing one of these shirts, it was common for a man to leave the top few buttons undone so he could show off chains and other jewellery that men frequently wore around their necks during the 1970s.

Platform Shoes

Platform shoes were the most popular foot attire scene at the disco, and were worn by both men and women. The soles of these shoes were tall and could give the wearer an extra one to four inches of height. A variety of footwear had platform soles, including sandals, boots and sneakers. They were typically worn for the sheer attention that they attracted, as with most of the fashion associated with the 1970s disco scene.

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