When days are warm, and the jeans are too hot, a pair of high waisted shorts are your best choice. High waisted denim shorts and the timeless knit shorts (with or without pockets) were a part of fashion in the 70’s. Pair them with a ringer tee, striped tank top, polo shirt or crop top for a summertime retro style. Another choice is the zip-up, one-piece romper for all in one ease.
Diane Von Furstenberg is the mastermind behind one of the most iconic dresses of the 70s, the wrap dress. Worn by socialites and stars, it never caught on with the mainstream public. Though, it has since been revived over and over. It is back in style, making it an excellent 70s retro-modern outfit to wear now.
70s wrap dresses were made of a light jersey that hugs the body with a thin tie belt that hardly held the dress in place. They were particularly popular as a disco dress. Some mainstream styles were button-down shirt dresses with collars. They could be long, pretty maxi dresses. However, most were casual, knee-length, simple, feminine and quite pretty.
The more popular dress was a tie waist dress. Slipover dresses were cinched at the waist with a tie belt or had a drawstring waist that tied in the front. Easy, simple, flowy and casual to wear it could be dressy enough for a party or as everyday attire.
Another iconic 70s dress was the long maxi dress which gave a nod back to the turn of the century Edwardian style. It had puffy sleeves, lace trim ruffled hems and an empire waistband. They might be simple or fussy, pastels or prints. The current boho trend favors maxi dresses in white embroidered summer dresses or ethnic prints.
There is more to 70’s women fashion clothing than disco shirts and bell-bottom pants. Take a look at these real 70s outfits for women and craft your own 70s wardrobe. From casual tops and hippie shirts or shorts and jeans or dresses for the office and jumpsuits for the disco dancefloor. Study the 70s fashion trends that are making a comeback today. You might decide to get yourself a few items.
CASUAL FLARES & JEANS
The prime for blue jeans was the 70s. Everyone was wearing them practically all the time. At work, with friends, at home, blue jeans were comfy. No one desired to take them off. What makes 70s blue jeans distinct was the high and tight waist with a wide leg that flared a lot or a little. Bell bottoms are the most well-known but straight leg or flared leg pants were more common.
Jeans were paired with easy tops. Snug knit tops or polo shirts with big collars in stripes or solid bright colors. The loose peasant top or smock top with crochet trim, embroidery, inset lace, and neckties were trendy in the late 1970s. Long tunic tops in bright patterns such as paisley, chevron stripes, and ethnic designs began the trend in the early 70s. Also, these are also known as hippie tops.
Denim blue jeans were not the only casual outfit. Loons, flares, and bell-bottom pants came in all sorts of vivid colors and subtle patterns and were a staple of 70’s women fashion. They could be united with loose tunic tops and peasant blouses or mixed with sportier knit shirts. Soft ringer t-shirts with cool slogans and retro destinations are well-known 70s shirts today. So are rainbow-striped short and long sleeve shirts, crop tops and large collar polo shirts. Knitwear was in style in the 70s and combined excellently with the colorful pants.