Taking Your Wardrobe to Funky Town: Incorporating '70s Trends Into Your Outfits

by - Thursday, November 08, 2012

A bit later than the origin of the '60s boho chic style we see today, the '70s are making a comeback in the fashion world with new trends that will have you always ready for the disco. If you belong to Generation X or Y, it may not be as clear what the difference between '60s and '70s fashion is exactly. Since you want to be consistent with your outfits and avoid mixing boho with disco, these tips will help distinguish between these two very different styles and offer some advice on how to get funky with your fashion.

Boho Babe vs. Disco Diva
Unfortunately, trends don't necessarily change cleanly according to decades, and often looks will gradually die out long after their prime. This makes it more difficult to really tell what you would call '60s-style versus what is more '70s. There's even some debate in the fashion world over how to characterize the two. Although there may be discrepancies, boho chic '60s style is characterized mainly by mini-skirts (invented by Mary Quant), psychedelic prints, neon colors, bellbottom jeans, tie-dye, paisley prints and those classic pillbox hats that fashion icon and first lady Jackie Kennedy made popular.
In contrast, a disco, '70s-era outfit would likely include high platform shoes, wide-legged flared jeans and anything that exemplified the androgynous hippie look popular among men and women in this era. Inspired by the hit film "Saturday Night Fever", men often wore three-piece suits like John Travolta, while women often wore rayon or jersey wrap dresses when getting dressed up for the disco.

Embracing '70s Style in Your Wardrobe

Now that you have a pretty good idea of ways to distinguish your style, you can be the dancing queen at the next disco with the right items to glam up your wardrobe. A must-have for stylish '70s-enthusiasts is a pair of oversized sunglasses to create that perfect vintage vibe and add an air of mystery to any outfit.

These sunglasses look great paired with some high-waisted, wide-legged flare jeans and a colorful crop top to accentuate your waist and make your legs appear longer. Finish off with a pair of platform shoes for height and you're ready for everything from the streets to Seventies Night at the club.

When in doubt, it's always a good idea to look to popular movies and television shows of the era to get an idea of what the style was like. You can even check out modern episodes of "That '70s Show" for some tips on how to recreate this style today. This is a great way to learn a little more about earlier cultures and eras, while also giving your wardrobe more refreshing retro flavor.

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