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As mentioned before, Fashion Through the Decades is a two-part series, which includes six posts in total. The first three, the day looks from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, have been published on the blog. But now, the last three posts are revealed and they are…NIGHT LOOKS from all three decades.
The 1970s were the perfect decade to look for any night look inspiration that could be interpreted into any modern going-out outfit. Sequins, flared pants, feathers, and turbans were all fabrics and clothing that were worn during the glamourous decade. However, just as mentioned in the 1970s day look post, the seventies took plenty of style and beauty cues from the late 1920s and 1930s.
Since the Western culture turned to the East to look for inspiration, many designers and socialites began wearing kimonos, and cheongsams, which were long Chinese gowns originally worn by the ethnic minority, called “Manchu.” The Eastern influence was then used for inspiration for other, future collections, produced by designers such as Kenzo and Monique Lhullier. However, in the 1930s, the various Western cultures adopted the traditional floral and bird prints, and women wore the silky, bold fabrics in order to add some interest to their looks.
This interest in kimonos was echoed in the 1970s, although the Western culture put its own spin on the traditional Japanese garment. Decorated with butterflies, small and large floral prints, and occasional fringe on the kimono-inspired velvet throws, the 1970s were echoing the past. However, the 2010s repeated history by going back to the 1970s spin on kimonos, and the Internet was once again covered in the bold prints and velvet, fringe-filled garments.
The 1970s also borrowed the concept of the more, the better. The 1920s were famous for their love of sparkle and extravaganza. With emerging designers, such as Elsa Schiaparelli, the 1920s were prospering with the concept of experimentation in fashion. The 1970s echoed the trends, and included lots of sequins, large bows, and plenty of prints for their night looks.
However, one of the trends that became more popular with the 1970s was jumpsuits. Although pants were worn in the early 1930s, the 1970s were the true inventors of rocking a jumpsuit. Whether with bell bottoms or flared sleeves, the jumpsuits were a night-life staple in the 1970s. Worn to a club, such as Studio 54, jumpsuits were the perfect disco outfits for any women. The men, on the other hand, would most often aim for a combination of matching pants and a colorful shirt.
Here are three ways you could interpret the 1970s in your night life looks:
- LIVE YOUR LIFE IN SEQUINS (AND SPARKLES)
The more sequins, the better. The 1970s were not just dancing to the light of the disco ball; the people wanted to be the disco ball. The sequins covered purses and other accessories, along with some of the garments. Sequined pants and patterned shirts were the disco night staples throughout the decade.
- THE BIGGER THE FLARE, THE BETTER
Whether in jumpsuits or in pants, the flare needed to be present in every item worn on one’s body. The flare, which created a mesmerizing twirling effect during all the dancing, served to emphasize and elongate one’s figure. Besides, the flare was a compromise for women, who wanted an effect of a dress without the need to compromise their love for pants.
- ACCESSORIES ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDS
Turbans, sparkly clips, gold necklaces and matching bracelets, dangly earrings and cuffs-all were staples during the decade. Accessories, no matter the decade, had the ability to level up any outfit. The 1970s wanted their accessories to compliment their outfits, creating a look that would become a wearable and danceable art piece.
Thank you for reading, and have a good day.
Styling by Sophia Ostapenko
Photography by Vanessa Flores
Videography by Vanessa Flores
Thank you for reading, and make plans for tonight 😉
Sophia from Fashion Caption.