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70s Fashion Trend for Women: Flared Legs, Disco and Platforms

hippie disco and vintage seventies clothing

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

If you love the retro 70s style, look for high-waisted trousers or jeans with flared legs. Play around with pantsuits and long jumpsuits. Discover your inner disco diva with glam, glitter, metallics, and rhinestones. (You might even want to buy vintage.) And, remember that most seventies styles look best with platform clogs, Candies-style sandals, or disco (platform) shoes.

The woman who said you can't wear a trend if you wore it the first time around is wrong, wrong, wrong. You just need to make a few adjustments here and there, so that everything looks proportional.

However, you should give your retro outfits your own twist. You're not going into a time warp, and I doubt you're going to be creating a period costume for a movie that's set in the olden days of bean bag chairs and Pong.

dress styles from the seventies for women

And, as with the 60s, the 70s was a decade with several cute trends... and you can mix and match all of them together or mix and match vintage (or vintage-inspired) items with your current clothes and accessories. So, if you missed the 70s, I'm sorry. If you were there, keep reading for a bit of nostalgia.

Miniskirts and Midi Skirts in the Early 70s

As I remember it, the early 70s were a hippie hangover, in every sense of the word. And, all of us easily-bored, trendy Boomer Chicks were starting to figure out that guys in shaggy bellbottoms were not as much fun as men in suits… because guys in suits usually had a little cash from their straight jobs.

Up until about 1972, fashion was coming at Baby Boomer girls from one of two directions:

  • London Mod: minis, midis, maxis, and hot pants
  • California Hippie: cheap, ethnic, homemade, and whatever-feels-good-do-it clothing

Women's Fashion History of the Early Seventies

I lived on the West Coast (and in Hawaii) during the early seventies, so my memories will not include what you (or your friends or your parents) wore if you lived on the East Coast, in the UK, in Australia, or... in Alabama. If you want to add anything, leave a message at the bottom of the page.

1970's clothing stylesWell, here is my somewhat provincial breakdown of skirts and dresses from the era:

  • Miniskirts were usually made of denim or non-stretch cotton fabric.
  • Mini dresses had swirly, Pucci-like prints.
  • Miniskirts were worn under long maxi-coats. The coats were left unbuttoned to show the leg in a sexy yin/yang effect, heightened by knee-high boots to match the skirt or coat.
  • Midi skirts sometimes took the form of unflattering gaucho pants, however the accompanying gaucho hats were hot.
  • Many midi skirts and dresses were patchwork. Sometimes the patchwork was made of different pieces of old denim.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. Kesha

    Are we able to purchase any of the fashion trends pictured on your website?

    • Tina-Boomerina

      I'm so sorry about the delay in approving your comment. I was out of town when you posted this. Yes, a lot of these clothes are available for purchase. Some pictures are from older articles though. This article is from last year so I don't know if anything is available from this page.

      I'm just about to start putting together a sister website that will show clothes that are available now. I'll email you to find out if there is something specific you are interested in right now.
      Tina Boomerina