70 Fashion Trends of the 70s

Updated on January 15, 2018

1970s Fashion Was Bold, Even When It Was Simple, Because the People Were Bold!

I Must REALLY Love 1970s Fashion

I am Meagan, also known as PonchoMeg: The Modern Bohemian, and I love fashion. I especially love the fashions of the 1970s. Why do I say that?

Well, I am often told that I look like I stepped out of the 1970s, and I can fully see that.

I wear a lot of floppy hats, palazzo pants, paisley prints, maxi dresses, boots, big sunglasses, long vests, and other clothing, accessories, and prints popular at the time. My hair is long and flowing, usually very natural, and I typically have very 70s bangs.

I'm in a rock n' roll band (Odds Fish) that plays rock music very much inspired by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Queen, Rush, David Bowie, and The Rolling Stones (who were all big in the 70s), and I am very much inspired by diverse fashion icons of the 1970s as well, such as Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, Cher, David Bowie, Freddy Mercury, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry, Robert Plant, Ali MacGraw, Grace Jones, Bianca Jagger, Diane Keaton, Mick Jagger, and more.

I can't help it... I just LOVE the 1970s!

Do You See Any 70s Inspiration in These Looks?

I love to have fun with fashion!
I love to have fun with fashion!

PonchoMeg: The Modern Bohemian

It's me!
It's me!

Because I Obviously Love 70s-Inspired Fashion, I Made this List for Others to Fall in Love Too!

When I decided to create this list of "70 Fashion Trends of the 70s," it was not that hard for me to recall the hot trends because I myself do seem to live them! Plus, I am pretty well versed in my history (at least when it comes to what influenced fashion!)

In the 1970s, fashion was mostly influenced by musical genres (Punk, Glam Rock, Psychedelic Rock, etc.) but people also took cues from other sources of entertainment as well. Television shows like "Charlie's Angels" had a big impact on people (I mean, the Farrah Fawcett haircut is basically equivalent to the 90s popular haircut "The Rachel," for reference) but it wasn't just TV influencing fashion trends. Movies such as "Mahogany," "Annie Hall," "Saturday Night Fever," and "Grease," all had impacts on the popular fashion looks of the day (with "Grease" supporting a 1950s and Rockabilly Revival). Fashion models and style icons of the time also influenced how the public dressed; people like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lauren Hutton, Beverly Johnson, Iman, Janice Dickinson, Jerry Hall, Cheryl Tiegs, and more fashionistas made the 1970s a time of fierce, powerful, fashion that was as fun as it was important! (I say important, because many 70s looks can be considered steps forward for feminism, for example.)

But even though I do know a lot about 1970s fashion, I may have somehow missed some big ones, so if I did, please let me know in the comments section below.

Now, I present to you the 70 fashion trends of the 70s!

70 Fashion Trends of the 70s (1-10)

(in no particular order)

  • 1. Floppy Hats
  • 2. Platform Shoes
  • 3. Jumpsuits
  • 4. Wrap Dresses (Which Debuted in the 70's!)
  • 5. Bell Bottoms and Bell Sleeves
  • 6. Crop Tops / Tube Tops / Tops Tied to Show Off the Belly
  • 7. Boots (Thigh High/Knee High/Ankle Boots/Cowboy Boots, etc.)
  • 8. Both Fitted and Flowing Button Down Shirts
  • 9. Denim Shirts and Jackets
  • 10. Fur and Shearling Coats, Vests, and Stoles

Shoes Like These Were ALL The Rage in the 1970s!

70 Fashion Trends of the 70s (11-20)

(in no particular order)

  • 11. Corduroy (Pants, Jackets, Overalls, etc.)
  • 12. Hot Pants
  • 13. High-Waisted Pants and Skirts
  • 14. Patchwork Clothing
  • 15. A-Line Skirts
  • 16. Ruffled Shirts (Victorian and Edwardian Revival / "Teddy Boy" Revival)
  • 17. Peasant Tops/Skirts/Dresses
  • 18. Flutter Sleeves (Shirts and Dresses)
  • 19. Neck scarves/Ascots
  • 20. Headbands/Headscarves/Turbans

Scarves Were a BIG Part of 1970s Fashion.

Popular scarf designs included: bold, bright colors and patterns, paisley prints, chevron stripes, sequined designs, and patterns inspired by psychedelic art and nature.
Popular scarf designs included: bold, bright colors and patterns, paisley prints, chevron stripes, sequined designs, and patterns inspired by psychedelic art and nature.

70 Fashion Trends of the 70s (21-30)

(in no particular order)

  • 21. Women's Pantsuits/Business Suits
  • 22. Leather! (Especially Pants and Jackets)
  • 23. Tartan Pants/Skirts (Especially in the Punk Music Scene)
  • 24. Ascot Blouses
  • 25. See-Through Clothing Items
  • 26. "Americana" Clothing (Red, White, and Blue)
  • 27. "Off the Shoulder" Blouses, Dresses, Pantsuits, etc.
  • 28. Turquoise Jewelry
  • 29. Knit Sweaters (Paired with Thick Tights and Boots)
  • 30. Sequins (On Dresses, Jackets, Pantsuits, etc.)

Sequins Were Everywhere, Especially in the Clubs and Discos!

70 Fashion Trends of the 70s (31-40)

(in no particular order)

  • 31. Nehru Jackets
  • 32. Mood Rings
  • 33. Palazzo Pants
  • 34. Pearls
  • 35. Sweater Dresses
  • 36. Vests (Especially Long Vests)
  • 37. Big Hats with Flowers on Them (Victorian Revival)
  • 38. Babydoll Dresses
  • 39. Suede
  • 40. Farrah Fawcett Hair

Farrah Fawcett Had Some Insanely Popular Hair in the 70s!

Farrah Fawcett
Farrah Fawcett

70 Fashion Trends of the 70s (41-50)

(in no particular order)

  • 41. Long Sleeved Mini Dresses
  • 42. Vests, Coats, and Boots with Fringe
  • 43. Moccasins
  • 44. Graphic T-Shirts
  • 45. Birkenstocks
  • 46. Tie-dye
  • 47. Colored Lens Sunglasses
  • 48. Rhinestones
  • 49. Lots and Lots of Lace
  • 50. Feather Boas

Feather Boas Were Fun Fashion Accessories in the 70s!

70 Fashion Trends of the 70s (51-60)

(in no particular order)

  • 51. Men's Leisure Suits
  • 52. Terrycloth Shirts
  • 53. Neckties
  • 54. Long, Flowing, Natural Hair
  • 55. Bangs
  • 56. Belts (Leather, Braided, Bright Colors, etc.)
  • 57. Pastels (Especially in Suits)
  • 58. Bold Prints, Bright Colors, Big Patterns (Paisley, Chevron, Flowers, etc.)
  • 59. Crocheted Items
  • 60. Ponchos

I Love Ponchos! (I Mean... I AM Also Known as PonchoMeg: The Modern Bohemian...)

We've Reached the Final 10 of the 70 Fashion Trends of the 70s!

70 Fashion Trends of the 70s (61-70)

(in no particular order)

  • 61. Maxi Dresses
  • 62. Cloche Hats (1920s Revival)
  • 63. Looks Inspired by Musicians (Rock, Punk, New Wave, Rockabilly, Glam Rock, Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Jazz, Disco, etc.)
  • 64. Izod /LaCoste Polo Shirts
  • 65. Newsboy Caps
  • 66. Knit Caps with Pom Poms
  • 67. Over-sized Sunglasses
  • 68. Strappy Sandals
  • 69. Big Hoop Earrings
  • 70. Afros

The Hair, The Denim - So 70s!

That's all, folks!

There you have it - 70 fashion trends of the 1970s. Were there any surprises? Were some of you taking a stroll down memory lane? Who is inspired to steal some of these treasured looks? And what 70s fashions did I miss? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for Checking Out My List of the 70 Fashion Trends of the 70s!

Peace and Love to you ALL!
Peace and Love to you ALL!

Looking Back at 1970s Fashion

Sigh... 70s Fashion...

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Would you wear any of these 70s fashions now?

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Is the Fashion of the 1970s Timeless? For Me: Yes.

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        3 weeks ago

        Thank you for this lovely inspiring article!!

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        4 weeks ago

        Amazing Era 70's your article inspiring ...Will seek vintage clothing unfortunatly, the onces in my closet no longer fit.

        Thanks for the memories for ever young!!!



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