Welcome to 1970s Costumes! This is your resource for outfits....whether for Halloween or for a theme party, the decade of the Seventies offers many possibilities. Click on any or all of the links below to see all the many possibilities!
What would the decade be without -- you guessed it! -- Check it out...disco clothing!
The style was immortalized in the iconic outfit John Travolta wore in Saturday Night Fever. Check out the famous white suit disco costume
Although we think of disco music and its influence on fashion, the decade also saw the rise of Glam rock, as exemplified by such superstars as David Bowie (particularly as as Ziggy Stardust) in bold colors, makeup, sequins and lycra. Other famed Glam rockers of the day included Elton John, Marc Bolan, Slade, Roy Wood and T Rex.Recreate the era with these great jumpsuit costumes, and be sure to accessorize with these fabulous platform shoes!
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You may also want to check out these punk rock fashions for your next party, and accessorize with a Mohawk wig. They are great choices as well for those who are not ready to don the bell bottoms. While the styles and the music may be associated with the 80s, it actually began in the late 1970s so the multicolored Mohawk hairstyles and stark black clothing of punk rockers fits in with a 70s themed party. Other music icons of the era included The Jackson Five, Godfather of Soul, James Brown, David Bowie, Bee Gees, Cher, Fleetwood Mac, and the Osmonds.
You can follow other fashion trends of the decade; try the 60s hippie costumes and the peasant dress outfits . It is quite appropriate as these fashions were still popular in the early 70s... tie-dye shirts, love beads, fringe jackets, etc. With the rise of Black Power and Black Pride, you can pay tribute with an Afro wig to complete your outfit. Such hairstyles and the dashiki became popular as emblems of cultural pride. Bell bottom pants or flares became hugely popular, often paired with turtleneck sweaters and platform shoes, also extremely popular in the decade.
Among the noted trends was the Edwardian look, with high neck blouses and the signature prints of designer Laura Ashley. For more costume ideas, consider the leisure suit outfit as this polyester crepe fabric creation is closely associated with the era.
Trends in fashion also included the tremendous variations of hemlines, from the min-skirt to the maxi-skirt and even the midi-skirt. For those who wanted to eschew skirts and dresses altogether there were hot pants, often paired with halter tops.
Popular TV shows of the era also influenced fashion. Who can think of the 70s without thinking of the hairstyle Farrah Fawcett made famous; she rose to fame in Charlie's Angels. Little House on the Prairie certainly had its influence with the homespun prints and styles. For costumes one can draw from characters from a number of television shows, notably The Brady Bunch, Wonder Woman; Archie Bunker of All In the Family.
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Numerous characters from Sanford and Son, The Partridge Family, Fonz of Happy Days or the colorful characters from The Beverly Hillbillies are all possibilities. Other influential TV shows included Good Times, Starsky and Hutch, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Dallas (and the infamous J.R.), The Jeffersons, The Six Million Dollar Man, Diff'rent Strokes, Battlestar Galactica, M*A*S*H, Three's Company, The Incredible Hulk, Mork and Mindy. And not least, and still popular to this day, Saturday Night Live.
For further costume inspiration you can look to iconic movies and characters from the likes of Star Wars, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jaws, The Sting, The Godfather, Taxi Driver, Close Encounters of The Third Kind, Rocky or Cabaret, just to name a few.
Looking for additional music trends and music stars? The folk music era was not yet over as exemplified by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and James Taylor among others. Some songs, like You've Got a Friend or Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water or Rod Stewart - Maggie May, You Wear It Well. Teen idols had their hits as well, such as or Donny Osmond's Puppy Love. David Cassidy and Bobby Sherman were other teen idols of the day, who frequently appeared in such magazines as Tiger Beat.
Led Zeppelin gave us Stairway to Heaven, Deep Purple brought Smoke on the Water, New Seekers brought the upbeat I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing and the Fifth Dimension brought One Less Bell to Answer. Other iconic songs of the decade' Gary Glitter's I am The Leader Of The Gang (I am), Abba and Dancing Queen. The many songs from Saturday Night Fever, from the Bee Gees, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, Stayin' Alive, along with Yvonne Elliman's If I Can't Have You.
The decade has many options from which to choose for Halloween as well as disco dance parties and other themed get-togethers. For some the Seventies may evoke childhood or adolescent years, while others may look back upon a historic time with wonderment, as it has given us some highly identifiable icons in music and films.
Check out 1970s movies and TV shows of the 70s as well as the top music hits of the decade for further inspiration. Searching online you can find many sites selling authentic vintage 70s fashions and find such specialty items as halter tops. Researching 70s pop culture is a great way to brainstorm costume ideas and Seventies party theme ideas. Much success in finding your favorite 1970s costumes!