And because the era heralded a newfound freedom of expression, there was no one-way to dress. The micro hemlines of the '60s continued into the '70s, but whimsical maxi styles were also a popular choice. Similarly, women wore sharp suiting and feminine wrap dresses interchangeably—and platform heels were just as popular with the men!
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If you need a quick refresh on the decade's go-to outfits, keep scrolling for a rundown on the most memorable '70s fashion trends, and the women who wore them best.
Who doesn’t love an instant outfit? Especially one that makes it easy to cut loose on the dance floor, Studio 54 style. These days the all-in-one option is still super popular, especially on the red carpet.
2. Flared pants
High-waisted flares were the silhouette of the ‘70s—and it’s easy to see why. The cut is ideal for creating the illusion of legs for days.
3. Platform heels
Sky-high platforms aren't as hard to walk in as you might think, and while the shoe was popular with women, it was also commonly found on the feet of men within the glam rock scene.
4. Boho everything
From peasant skirts to maxi dresses and lace-up sandals, a boho sensibility permeated the decade, the more cultish your look, the better.
5. Hot pants
Who likes short shorts? The icons of the '70s certainly did! Here, Blondie front woman Debbie Harry puts a punk spin on the look with a pair of denim cut-offs.
6. Knee-high boots
The abbreviated hemlines of the era were perfect for pairing with boots that hit at, or over, the knee. Forget stilettos or slouchy shapes, '70s It girls favoured a low block heel and spray-on fit.
7. Wrap dresses
Long associated with Diane von Furstenberg, the designer debuted her first wrap dress in the early ‘70s, and the figure-flattering silhouette continues to cultivate a following among women of all ages.
8. Menswear suiting
This is another trend that’s still huge right now. Throughout the '70s Bianca Jagger cemented her style icon status by rocking sleek tailoring by the likes of Saint Laurent.
9. Printed shirts
A white shirt is timeless, but a printed button down is way more fun. Bonus points if your partner wears one, too.
10. Oversized sunglasses
The return of the era's larger-than-life shades is long overdue, we say! Think lightly tinted lenses and big frames (bedazzling optional).
Corduroy was the texture du jour during the decade, and you were most likely to find it covering a pair of flares, a blazer—or both! Twiggy’s cool cord suit is eerily similar to the styles we’ve been seeing on the street lately.
12. Halterneck dresses
Empire line halterneck dresses were a popular evening outfit choice, especially when they incorporated a metallic sheen for extra glamour.
Headwear was a big deal, and wide-brim shapes suit both summer and winter.
When it comes to fashion in film, Diane Keaton's Annie Hall outfit is one of the most memorable. Her character wore a vest layered over shirt and tie, but the piece can also be styled sans top underneath for a little more sex appeal.
15. Mini dresses
Not quite as structured at the previous era's stiff shift dresses, the mini relaxed during the 1970s, taking on more of a boho bent.
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