November 23, 2015


If That 70’s Show has ever taught us, the MTV generation, anything it’s that you can strut your tight bell-bottom pants, you can wear your plaid jacket or hang on to your bright tripped-out-flower-patterned shirt and still be cool. 70’s fashion statements are back in the spotlight so make sure you shine brightly in every occasion with these few tips on how to snatch the perfect autumn retro look.

The 1970s witnessed another fashion revolution transferring success of, for example, the mini skirt and expanding the concept event further. The geometric, mono-colored fabrics were traded for wildly paired tones of more affordable materials such as polyester, plaid and other synthetic substitutes. In fact, the fashion world said their last goodbye to the most famous glamour designer – Coco Chanel – in 1971 and with her waved goodbye to the established trend of clean elegance.


Although men’s fashion wasn’t altered so drastically, there was still a notable difference that flared in this crazy decade. The most evident change was that men’s outfits got tighter and tighter. Also, platform shoes were in demand, yes, especially for you fellas. Much of the clothes from this era were made of polyester or a blend of cotton and polyester. At the turn of the decade, velour and terry cloth became a very popular choice of fabric for men’s shirts.

There were two dominant types of suits for men: the leisure and the track suit. The first was an instant hit after John Travolta premiered in it on Saturday Night Fever. Even though the second suit type is more associated with the 1980s, the sporty trend was established in the 1970s and track suits were made fashionable for almost any occasion.
In general, men stopped wearing hats, hair was worn way longer than before and the entire outfit was designed to be more messy and careless. Pair it up with really big statement medallion accessory plus a cocky attitude – and you’re the life of the party!
However, if you want to make an entrance, but not a complete circus, we recommend taking a few retro garments that represent the free 70s spirit – like the tight polyester pants – and toning it down with a smooth jacket. Even better, customize your look and have it tailored at iTailor. Anything from shirts to overcoats, from daytime outfits to glam tuxedos can be easily replicated and made to fit only you. Truly fit for a king (of the dance floor)!
Women’s fashion followed the casual sportswear trend which was introduced with the ‘70s. The key to achieving the perfect look was to seem as though you didn’t spend a lot of time nor money dressing up. Nevertheless, elegance was still present in a less extravagant version of shirtwaist dresses, cashmere pullovers and cardigans, wrapped jackets and pants. Popular fabrics & patterns in 1973 were tweeds, flannels, plaids, checks and stripes. Rust, peach, tangerine, copper, forest green, pistachio were popular colors.

As the 1970s came to a close, a new wave has hit the catwalks as it became evident that women constituted a growing number of the active workforce. This has inspired many designers to create comfortable and fancy suits for women to wear at the office, not only social gathering and special events.


With so many different styles to choose from, it’s hard to pick one specific look to represent the era. A lot of fashion bloggers shared their style-inspired outfits so you may choose your own favorite. Basically, the ‘must haves’ for an ideal 70s daytime look could be summed up to the following list: 
  • high boots (tube style, over-the-knee)
  • midi skirts (plaid, chiffon, prints, A-cut, high waist, straight, pleats, any style that has a bit of movement)
  • tucked in shirt, up to the waist line sweater, sheer blouse, or even deep V-cuts
  • classic trench coat, cringed at the waist, or a thick coat slightly oversized
  • belts
  • wrap skirts or dresses

Guest Post by: Cristina Nika Kask

Cristina is a blogger from HIGH STYLE LIFE. She's an aspiring fashion and lifestyle blogger from Sydney. Making guest appearances on fashion blogs, trying to establish herself in the world of fashion blogging and becoming an important part of the ever growing community.

Thanks alot for this article Cristina!

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