70s Fashion: How to Look Chic
in 70s Clothing

"Ethnic, Disco & Flower Power Influences"


70s fashion was an eclectic mix of both a new and modern decade and the things long forgotten. The 1970s was still ingrained with the 60s flower power so hippie and ethnic influences were a big part of the people's style.

70s fashion influenced by disco and hippies


Not to mention that this was the era where disco music was on its peak - so polyester, platform shoes and wide leg pants were this decade's must haves. The 70s was a glorious era of revolution, declaration of world peace and political awareness. It was a time of "Yeah baby, let's grooove to the music" and "Make love, not war".

1970s fashion showed a steady progress in detachment from the conservative 50s and 60s. It opened up for mini skirts, spandex shorts and crop shirts which defined the disco fashion.

Metal sheen to clothes and big hair were some of the popular trends. A refreshing anti-dot to the disco trend was the hippie clothes influenced by every corner of the world, which resulted in flowy dresses and blouses infusing into mainstream style.

Typical 70s fashion and clothing


Another genre of fashion that was quite popular was Punk. It originated from London from designer Vivienne Westwood and was an expression of the harsh economic realities in Europe and Britain in the mid 70s. Punk style was reflected in ripped jeans, torn t shirts, scrappy haircuts and worn leather jackets.

70s punk fashion


I wasn't even born at that time but I prefer 70s fashion more than the 80s because of its colors and mix of toned down and streamlined look which set the foundation in classy chic fashion. Not to mention the flowy boho clothes that exude femininity and casualness. It's more versatile, for sure.

.. But I still love how you can add edge to a classy or flirty outfit with some of the 80s inspired accessories and clothes such as a leather jacket and faux leather leggings! :-)


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Now let's look at some 70s clothing that will rock your style:

How to Wear 70's Fashion the Chic Way

You can find 70s fashion and clothing inspiration almost everywhere and it continues to influence the current fashion trends.

Here is a list of ideas of clothes worn in the 70s which you might want to implement to your wardrobe and style:



70s fashion and clothing wide leg pants
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Flared/Wide Leg Jeans & Pants

They look awesome with both a fitted top. I wear mine with a fitted v neck tee or dress shirt and high heel sandals or my flat pumps.

If you're petite you might want to select a pair of flare/wide leg jeans that are fitted around the thighs and widen from the knee for an elongating look. Shop and learn more about wide leg pants.





70s fashion and clothing platform sandals
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Platform Sandals

There are various interpretations of the 70s platform shoe style. The original platform shoes are horrible but you can find sleeker versions today.

Have in mind that if your ankles and legs are thin, too wide platform sandals can look off and make them look like sticks. Work with your body scale.






70s fashion and clothing kaftan
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Kaftans and Kimonos

The influence of the hippies took inspiration from every part of the Indian sub continent and Africa and brought the casual kaftans and kimonos into the fashion scene. They were worn as home style robes and comfort wear, but were also used as glamour dressing by sewing in edges of metal embroidered trims.

Today they're looked upon as fashion blessings because they disguise flabby arms and stomach while maintaining a fashionable look. I personally like wearing kaftans and kimonos as dresses (as long as they are long enough) on the beach or in my leisure time out in the sun. You can also find these in shrug styles (open in the front) which you can layer over your basic tees and dresses for an instant boho chic look.






70s fashion and clothing floral boho dress
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Floral Print Flowy Dresses

These were inspired by the hippie era of the late 60s. Paisley and all kinds of exotic looking floral patterns were seen on dresses.

This is perfect for the boho gal. You can find various styles of this trends, from maxi to short, tunic dress. Enhance its exotic look with gold or pewter jewelry.






70s fashion and clothing animal print scarf
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Animal Prints

Animal prints were a typical 70s fashion thing due to the rise of groovy disco music. At that time animal prints were popular on jackets and shirts. But you don't have to go that far to add some animal instinct to your style.

Try leopard scarves, pumps and skirts instead. Neutrals shades like brown, beige and black are also a careful and chic way to inject some of this 70s trend to your outfit. Shop and learn more about Leopard Scarves






70s fashion and clothing baseball jersey tee
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Baseball Jersey T-shirts

These were very popular with the guys. The baseball jersey t-shirts had an iron-on emblem which often reflected the person's hobbies and interests. Star Wars and sports baseball jersey t-shirts were especially popular.

However the tables have turned! You don't have to be a guy to wear these tees! You can find baseball jerseys in women's sizes at Forever 21 or other teen clothing stores. Wear them with your mini shorts or jeans along with a pair of Keds sneakers - or you can do the chic way and wear high heel sandals.






70s fashion and clothing wrap dress Dine von Furstenberg
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Wrap Dress

The jersey wrap dress was first designed and introduced by fashion designer Diane on Furstenberg in 1971.

It became quite popular as it flattered various body shapes and the fitted look went hand in hand with nightclubs and discos, and even the office setting - giving the women a nice breather from pants. Shop and learn more about Wrap Dresses






70s fashion and clothing one piece swimsuit
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One-piece Swimsuits

It was 70s sex symbol Farah Fawcett who popularized the one piece bathing suit. Her sexy poster featuring herself with her long streaked-blonde hair, perfect white teeth and one piece swimsuit left an iconic image of the 70s fashion.

Fortunately it is becoming more common to wear one pieces compared to bikinis, and it's a great swimwear to wear when you're just lounging. Shop and learn more about One-Piece Bathing Suits






70s fashion and clothing torn ripped slashed tshirt
Courtesy of ASOS

Torn T-shirts

They were popular during the punk period from mid-70s but they have undeniably become a popular fashion item of the 21st century.

I'm not into the totally shredded and frayed type of torn t-shirts. I prefer the type with cut outs and slashes along the shoulder and down the arms. Looks good with denim jeans and ankle booties.






80s fashion and clothing jumpsuit
Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Crop Tops

A 70s fashion item that signaled this decade's detachment from the conservative 50s/60s.

I'm not a fan of showing off my mid-riff but I like how chic and fresh it looks with high waist pants and jeans. Because of the high waist, the crop top won't expose your belly.






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