In the 1970s, for both women and men, fashion was all about exaggeration. The clothing featured bright colours, bold patterns and extreme lengths, proportions and heights. At a time when disco was at its peak of popularity, clothing that was bold and statement-making was high in demand.
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In the start of the 1970s, popular pant styles were just gently flared, but by 1975 they had reached ultrawide, bell-shaped cuts. They were made of wool jersey knits, courtelle jersey, heavy crepes and polyester. Bell bottoms didn’t just come in standard blue denim, but instead various shades of green were popular. Such widely flared trousers were worn by both men and women, and were made even more popular by the celebrities of the time, such as Farrah Fawcett and the rest of the characters in Charlie’s Angels.
Leisure suits were worn by men and not women, but had the appeal of the bell bottoms. In the 1970s, people favoured elaborate, brightly coloured patterns, and not just for shirts only. Many suits were patterned which made for a very loud, bold fashion statement. Like bell bottoms, suits were made of polyester.
Maxi and Mini Skirts
Popular skirts of the 1970s were either really long or really short. Miniskirts that reached the top of the thigh were popular, as were maxi skirts which reached the ankles. Many women enjoyed wearing both, but the hippie era folks preferred the maxi skits. In the 1970s, women’s evening wear involved them wearing full-length maxi dresses, while miniskirts were worn even in the day time and at office parties with tights.
Worn by both men and women, platform shoes began with a slimmer sole, but when from ¼ inch to 4 inches within a few years. Such shoes made them taller, but it was common to twist ankles in platform shoes, leading to their decline in popularity before the 1980s.
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