What the heck did people wear in the 70's??

stephmc72July 28, 2008

We are leaving for Canada next Tuesday. We have a 70's party to go to while we're there and we still don't have costumes. I'm going crazy trying to find something and I'm running out of time!

Any ideas???

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monica_pa

Hot pants

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 4:43PM
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monica_pa

Oh
Women
High heeled boots that reached up to the kneecap
Halter tops
Men
Nehru jackets
long sideburns

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 4:45PM
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western_pa_luann

The pants were short and the jeans were very very low.
Crop tops and halters (NO bra) abounded!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 4:46PM
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    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 4:47PM
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stephmc72

Let me add that I'm feeling frumpy and fat right now so I dont want any halter type stuff, nothing too tight, nothing too short. So, what did pregnant people in the 70's wear?? LOL

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 4:50PM
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wildchild

Pregnant people wore maternity smocks and mostly double knit flare legged pants. Our maternity clothes looked like maternity clothes with none of the let it all show look you see today.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 4:57PM
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lydia1959

Bell bottoms, wide collared shirts, wedge heels, flower patterned pants, gypsy ruffled skirts and tops, head bands, hair parted in the center (maybe braided), colored sunglasses.

You might have time to get a few things off eBay if you search for buy-it-now items?

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 5:01PM
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FlamingO in AR

How about a dashiki or caftan? Smock tops, wide leg pants, some bell bottoms...

Guys- think Saturday Night Fever! lolol Man, we dressed funny!

Here is a link that might be useful: I love dashikis...

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 5:02PM
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dirt_yfingernails

There is a great photo of my DH. He was wearing platform shoes, plaid polyester pants, and mutton chop sideburns. Stylin'!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 5:03PM
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monica_pa

Steph....look for a long, empire waisted print dress. That was common maternity wear for parties.
Put Brent in tight jeans and a nehru jacket.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 5:03PM
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petaloid

Steph, check out your local thrift stores -- they probably have lots of '70s clothes. Khaftans are listed on marygailv's suggested site, and one of those would be comfortable and cover you up.

Men wore pants that fitted tightly, and belts with noticeable buckles. Vests were also popular.

I'll put a link to the helpful site marygailv posted:

Here is a link that might be useful: '70s style

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 5:04PM
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happytime_ca

Ask your mom Steph, did she save any of her lovley maternity clothes (NOT - LOL) Maternity clothes in the 70's had Big bows, ruffles & puffy sleeves, dresses were like house dresses, nothing compared to maternity clothes now. Good luck,

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 5:07PM
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Jodi_SoCal

Check out the Hippie Shop.

Jodi-

Here is a link that might be useful: The Hippie Shop

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 5:25PM
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jannie

In the early 70's, I had a floral tent dress. Very loose, zip up the back. It was blue and green floral print. I wore with flat ballet shoes.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 5:34PM
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coral_ok

Leisure suits! I looked back at a reunion pic taken in 1976, and the men were a sea of leisure suits (several were sort of pale blue, ick), nylon shirts, and flowered ties. I don't remember what I wore in the 70s other than maternity clothes. Wait, I do remember doubleknit polyester pantsuits. Apparently, I wasn't totally successful at blocking that out of my memory!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 5:45PM
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sheilajoyce_gw

Polyester knit fabric--indestructable. It snagged, but never wore out. Jump suits too, preferably with boots, short boots, or 2 inch thick soled shoes. Minis were in.

Maternity smocks were huge. I did wear long maternity dresses with no waist. Is that when "Baby on Board" or "Baby=>" (with an arrow pointing down to the stomach) maternity shirts became popular???

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 6:10PM
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LorifromUtah

Fake fur vests
beads
bell bottoms
turtlenecks
Blousy tops
wide belts
Lowslung pants
Bright bright colors

Lori

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 6:15PM
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monica_pa

Here's a picture of us in 70's clothes...circa 1974 or 75.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 6:24PM
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happytime_ca

ShielaJoyce what a good memory,that was when the "baby" shirts became popular, here is mine circa 1975

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 7:27PM
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peoniesandposies

If you want to go for the exercise look ....

-legwarmers (especially scrunched down to bag around the ankle)
-sweatshirts with collars cut off so can drop the neck down onto the shoulder
-headbands (like a tennis player would wear)
-hair pulled back into a high ponytail

I also wore a small filmy kerchief rolled and tied around my neck when I want to dress up a buttoned down shirt.

GOOD LUCK! and have fun!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 7:55PM
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ronf_gw

Yes ,coral, lesiure suits.
I had this incredibly ugly, plaid, polyester lesiure suit.
Here's a blast from the past. We're all decked out for Christmas.
I won't even tell you which one I am.

Ron

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 8:30PM
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Kathsgrdn

As a teenager in the late 70s we wore a lot of taper legged jeans and cords (courderoy pants) and t-shirts or those triangular shaped blouses with half-long sleeves and big poufy-sleeved shirts that were tight at the waist-think Stevie Nicks. I see that they've made a comback sort of in the stores now. Some girls wore jeans with suspenders, with their jeans folded up and long, brightly colored striped socks-think Mork from Ork (you probably don't know who that is). Then there is the dressy, silky disco dresses that Diane Von F...can't remember her name made famous. They were those wrap dresses, strappy high heels. Oh, and clogs were really big with either dresses or jeans. Think Saturday Night Fever.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 9:15PM
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caflowerluver

Ahhhhh, my era. For casual Summer everyday wear I wore bell bottom jeans or short shorts with halter tops, or skippy t-shirts (braless, of course). When I wore a dress it was like a long t-shirt but very short, barely covered the butte. Or very long to the ground with an empire waistline. With my hair up and a choker necklace and very big dangling earrings. Actually I still have some those earrings, almost anquites now. LOL
Clare

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 9:54PM
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whidbeykathy

I was pregnant twice in the 70's and I wore dresses called a "tent" dresses for dressing up, and maternity pants with the elastic insert and a huge maternity blouse.
DH wore pastel leisure suits with white shoes and thought he was cool LOL! Kathy

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 10:46PM
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trinitytx

I remember lots of vests, bell bottom pants, and Farrah hairstyles. Waffle stomper shoes, and chokers. I has dangle earrings that touched my shoulders, and anything turqoise. Lots of suede purses, hair parted down the middle, and a sterling ring on every finger. I had feather earrings, white eye shadow, and lots of lip gloss. I still wore my P.O.W. bracelet, gauze shirts, and ear cuffs.

Have fun!

Trin

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 10:57PM
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intherain

Peonies, are you sure you're not talking about the 80s??

I was in jr. high and high school in the 70s. Empire waist big time! Bell bottoms! Later 70s was DISCO - polyester! You could have a lot of fun with this!

Sheryl

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 3:01AM
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wildchild

Peonies, are you sure you're not talking about the 80s??

Definitely 80's. DD was a preteen then and dressed like that. It was all about Punky Brewster to Jennifer Beals look in Flashdance to Juice Newton's style at the time.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 3:50AM
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talley_sue_nyc

I graduated from high school in 1978.

My fave outfit was wide-legged pants (not quite bell-bottoms--more stove pipe) that fit REALLY tight around the butt, in bright orange.

And a shirt w/ very long points on the collar, ver long cuffs, and very flowing sleeves.

I remember denim skirts made from blue jeans.
Hot pants.
Tie-in-the-front crop tops.
Leisure suits, and lots of plaids in bright colors.

Sometime around 1976 the tiered peasant skirt was in, along w/ a matching camisole. But it was usually all the same fabric, if I recall correctly.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 11:12AM
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coral_ok

LOL Ron! Perfect! Whichever one you are, you look every bit as awful as my husband did back when I thought he was a sharp dresser. LOL

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 12:08AM
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liz

I wish I still had my platform shoes I graduated high school in in 1973...the platform was over an inch high and the heel was about 3 inches high...I was styling!
check out these shoes!!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 12:44AM
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intherain

Liz, love that picture! Love those platform shoes. White with black tights, no less!!

I should start scanning some of my pictures....

Sheryl

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 3:00AM
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