'70s costumes for couples

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Deciding on costumes as a couple can be frustrating unless you know where to look for ideas. The 1970s are a good decade to look back to because both men and women wore bell bottoms, disco style clothing and feathered or permed hair. Look to the celebrities, movies, TV shows and fashions of the decade for inspiration.


Dressing up like the stars of the '70s is easy and requires only a few off-the-rack clothing items and a wig. Sonny and Cher are a well-known couple from the decade. For a Sonny costume, buy a fake moustache, curly wig and colourful bell bottoms and matching vest. For a Cher costume, buy a long dark wig with fringe and wear a bright-coloured headband, tasselled vest and bell bottoms or a colourful floral print dress. Other famous '70s couples to consider include Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett, John Lennon and Yoko Ono or Ike and Tina Turner.


"Star Wars" was one of the biggest movies of the 1970s, so dress up as Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. For a Leia costume, wear a long white gown, big silver belt and buy a dark-coloured wig to style into her famous bun hairdo. For Luke, buy a white top, light tan trousers, blond feathered wig and a toy lightsaber. Other '70s movie couples include Smokey and Carrie from "Smokey and the Bandit" or Alvie and Annie from "Annie Hall."


"The Six Million Dollar Man" and its spin-off "The Bionic Woman" were popular TV shows at the time. To go as Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man, buy a red jumpsuit or track suit and add circuits and memory boards from a broken computer to simulate Steve's robotic circuitry. The Bionic Woman Jaime Sommers should wear a similar blue jumpsuit with circuitry in her arms or legs. Other '70s TV couples include Archie and Edith Bunker from "All in the Family," Mike and Carol Brady from "The Brady Bunch" or Shaggy and Scooby from "Scooby Doo."


A 1970s costume does not have to look like any person in particular and can consist of clothing that was popular in the 1970s. Disco was a popular phenomenon at the time, so consider incorporating the looks of the disco era into your costume. Bell bottoms, platform shoes and Afro or feathered wigs work for both men and women when compiling a disco costume. Men should wear a shiny button-down shirt, and women should wear a low-cut top either with long flared sleeves or no sleeves to pull off a disco look. If you aren't into disco, create a costume more to your liking by finding vintage '70s clothing at resale shops.

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