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70s Disco Outfits

For those who were young and carefree during the 70s, weekends were all about spending time in the disco.

Short for “discotheque”, America’s discos were the place to be seen, especially if you were hip…or at least thought you were.

Major cities generally had the largest, most elaborate discos, but it wasn’t unusual for a smaller town to have a local disco as well.

Disco enjoyed its heyday in the middle to late 70s. It was considered the last mass popular music movement to be driven by the so-called baby boomers, those born between 1946 and approximately 1964.

Both men and women embraced the disco movement and, before long, Americans were dressing like their favorite disco stars, eager to be in-the-groove and ready to dance the night away.

70s Disco Oufits for Men

What most men wore to the disco in the 70s would most likely elicit a lot of stares these days. But they all wanted to look and dress like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever as well as their favorite disco music stars, and most weren’t embarrassed to wear fashions that usually left little to the imagination.

Suits of the 70s had wide legs and wide lapels and the colors were certainly not subdued. White suits of this style were by far the most popular and were usually worn with a shirt made of stretch material, generally in a bold print of some sort and worn half unbuttoned so that the chest was quite visible.

Pants were very tight on top and then flared once they reached the knee. Platform shoes and a gold chain around the neck completed the 70s disco outfits.

Stretchy fabrics were the name of the game. Not only were shirts made of stretchy knits, but so were the jumpsuits so popular during the 70s disco craze.

The ones worn at the disco were often shiny, fashioned in gold or silver, but may have been black or white as well. Flabby guys didn’t look so good in them; lean, muscular men looked a lot better.

70s Disco Outfits for Women

70s disco outfits for the ladies, in some ways, blended together with those designed for the men. Women wore jumpsuits that weren’t all that different than those worn by the men.

And like men’s jumpsuits, these looked best on women who were tall and thin. Stretch fabrics were preferred and sparkly fabrics like lamé were commonplace. Necklines were often halter-style and the legs flared from the knees to the ankles. They were cinched with a buckled or tied belt at the waist.

When women weren’t wearing jumpsuits to the disco, they might have been wearing hot pants – super-short shorts – or mini skirts.

Many women believed “the shorter, the better”! The shorts and skirts often appeared in wild designs, including animal prints.

Of course, platform shoes were a must, and women – especially Black women with Afro hair styles – may have also worn a matching or contrasting scarf tied around the head to complete the look.