'70s Outfits That Never Went Out of Style
Bell bottoms are back ... for now. Some '70s outfits, such as ponchos and headscarves, only come back into circulation for a short while. But other staples are timeless enough to wear in any decade, especially if you put a modern spin on them.
Ready to raid your grandma's closet? Because these '70s styles are here to stay, and we're not mad about it.
Any Outfits With Bold Statement Pieces
One trademark of '70s style was eye-catching, bright colors, mixed with textured items that pop. The high-waisted bell bottom jeans here elongate the leg for a flattering silhouette, and the embroidered flowers add some personality.
The oversized sherpa bomber jacket ties in with matching platform boots, and the bangled bag keeps the look from feeling too stayed.
For Men, Tailored Jackets Are Always a Vibe
A well-fitting jacket will never go out of style. This look can be dressed up or down. Add a pair of jeans and sneakers for a more casual look, or stick with slacks for your next board meeting.
The shades take it from polished and preppy to "I bet that guy plays guitar."
Bold Boots Make This '70s Outfit
It takes a brave soul to wear this much color. Our advice: Take the risk. Bold colors make for a much more interesting look than 50 shades of beige. If you see a piece you love, like a pair of knee-high boots in your favorite color, don't worry about what they'll match.
Instead, plan your outfit around one stand-out item. Ideally, the pattern of your shirt or accessories will tie in with the color of your statement piece to pull the look together.
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Boho Jewelry? Yes, Please
Chunky jewelry isn't for anyone, but the turquoise necklace pictured is a major stylistic win.
It's painless to add to your wardrobe and can elevate any look, from casual beachwear to a refined black sweater dress.
A Little Black Dress With Knee-Highs
Believe it or not, '70s fashion wasn't all garishly bright.
For those whose closet is black, black, charcoal and black, a sleek black micro mini dress with tall black boots and a bold necklace is the way to go.
A Clean Look for the Office
You can't go wrong with an outfit like this. The pastel shirt is more interesting than a brighter shade, and the leather satchel ties in well with the thin, black belt and black dress shoes.
Oxfords or Derby shoes will do nicely.
Mini Dresses With Bright Colors
For a fun, funky and comfy 'fit, try a slouchy, soft mini-dress with a bold floral print. The '70s vibes are wafting off of it, but in an energizing way, not a cheap disco costume way.
Try color-coordinated boots, cowboy boots or colored tights and sneakers on the bottom. In warmer months, you can't go wrong with a pair of Birkenstock's.
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Leather Jackets Are Always a Good Look
Leather, or well-made vegan leather, is a material that makes any outfit look expensive.
Do you want to look expensive? (You do.)
See? '70s-Inspired Perfection
Leather jackets aren't just for men, obviously.
This look is effortlessly chic, and the jean skirt and leather give off '70s energy without going over the top.
Polo Shirts With Jeans
Polo shirts are polarizing. They're not everyone's cup of tea, but a nice polo with a pair of high-waisted jeans and matching sandals checks off both the comfy and cute boxes.
Use a scarf to tie up your hair for added '70s flair.
Faux fur is iffy because its popularity comes in waves.
If you really want to look like a '70s icon, wear a mini skirt under a thigh-length faux-fur coat, plus knee-high boots to complete the look.
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Jumpsuits Look Good on Everyone
Think we're wrong on this one? You just haven't found the right jumpsuit yet. This fitted jumpsuit is adorable, but there are plenty with more wiggle room to flatter any figure.
Halter necklines are great for those with broad shoulders or a fuller bust, and loose, flowing jumpsuits with a chunky belt around the waist are flattering on just about everyone.
Leather Bag + Plaid Jacket + Nice Tie = Chef's Kiss
We can't stress this enough: The best way to put together a fantastic '70s outfit without looking like a clown is by considering how every piece of clothing connects.
For example, the man on the left chose a satchel that matches his shoes and belt, plus a hat of the same material but in a different color. This keeps it from looking too matchy-matchy. The color of the pants ties in with the plaid jacket, and the bright-red diamonds grab your attention without detracting from the rest of the look.
Brightly Colored Tights Are the Shining Glory of '70s Outfits
Bright, solid-colored tights are the easiest, cheapest item you can pick up to make your outfit more visually interesting.
You could also try patterned tights if you're feeling brave.
Corduroy Isn't Always Trending, but It Should Be
It takes a brave soul to wear sheer, patterned tights and a corduroy mini-dress, paired with a long-sleeved floral number underneath.
The black patent platform Mary Janes and black beret take it up to another level.
Vintage Graphic Tees Are Never Outdated
We're unsure if we'll obey the instructions on this particular tee, but does it matter? Who cares if you jaywalk if you look this good doing it?
If it worked for the Beatles, it works for us.
And for Going Out, This Gold '70s Look Is It
We'd be remiss not to include at least one glittery sequin number, and gold is the most '70s color option there is.
It's somewhere in between classy and hot. Just don't wear it unless you like attention because heads will no doubt turn.