Even if you weren’t alive during the 1970s, you’ll know that this era has become one of the most iconic moments in time. The 1970s sparked a freedom revolution, the music instantly became legendary, and the style was out of this world…
Rocking the mic
If you know anything about 1970s music, you’ll know that the musicians of that era just loved to make their mark with their upbeat songs and their energetic performances. The Osmonds were huge during this decade, but there’s no doubt about the fact that Marie and Donny stood out more than most.
As the only female in the family, Marie blew fans away with her big smile and her perfect hair, and Donny made fans swoon with his own luscious locks and his impressive singing voice. They knew how to rock the mic.
All about the disco
The 1970s gave people the chance to express themselves in ways that they hadn’t been able to before, and this was largely thanks to the disco movement. This style of music made its way into charts and nightclubs across the globe, and it wasn’t long before teens and young adults were making their way to the dance floor.
This lady in red donned her T-shirt and her jeans for a night on the town, and she didn’t care what anyone thought. Her feet were made for dancing, so that’s exactly what she did.
Across the pond
Although she hailed from across the pond, the English model and actress Jean Shrimpton definitely made her mark on the fashion world. Often considered as one of the world’s first supermodels, this leading lady became the face of the mod aesthetic, and it seemed as though everyone wanted to take her picture and dress just like her.
With her big eyes, her natural makeup, her loose-fitting dresses, and her ability to strike any pose, it’s not hard to see why everyone loved her and her style. She was the ultimate fashion icon.
After the success of Woodstock in 1969, the 1970s was full of those who were suffering from post-Woodstock blues. They didn’t want to acknowledge the fact that the iconic, once-in-a-lifetime festival had come to an end, so they decided to embody these vibes in their style.
Men and women walked down the street with their flowing dresses, their wide-legged trousers, their headbands, and their long hair – and they seemed to love it. While this fashion changed as the decade went on, the early ‘70s were full of hippies.
All about the fashion
It seems as though people just couldn’t get enough of fashion and stylish outfits during the 1970s, and people even looked stylish when they were making their way out of a cab!
This picture shows a fashion assistant by the name of Gwen Jenkins exiting a taxi in one of the most stylish ways possible. Donning the iconic big hair of the decade with some contrasting plaid made sure that she stuck out from the crowd. After all, you can never wear too much red.
Charlie and his angels
In 1976, the world of television changed forever when a female-driven drama made its way onto our screens. Charlie’s Angels became an instant hit with people across the globe thanks to the action, the acting, and the actors.
Yes, the likes of Farrah Fawcett and her co-stars proved that they were more than happy to question the stereotypes regarding beautiful women, and they did just that with their appearance on the show. With their flared jeans, their casual clothing, and their bouncy locks, Charlie’s Angels were truly angelic.
Moves like Jagger
Rock and roll was all the rage in the 1970s, and while this influenced the music and the celebrities who were around at the time, this also influenced the public’s perception of rock and roll couples.
When Mick Jagger and Bianca Jagger showcased their love to the world, fans were instantly blown away – and they became iconic overnight. While their love was easy to see, it was their stylish similarities that really proved to be popular. With their pantsuits and their long hair, these two looked like two peas in a pod.
Back to school
With so many style icons around them, it should come as no surprise to learn that the school kids of the 1970s were also incredibly fashionable. These young ladies made sure that they were epitomizing the styles of the time with their bell-bottom pants, their stripes, their perfectly curled hair, and their flower power.
We bet they weren’t the only ones in their school who dressed like this, and we bet they weren’t the only ones who just couldn’t get enough of the clothes on offer during this decade.
Dancing the night away
During the 1970s, Studio 54 became one of the world’s most popular nightclubs. Anyone who was anyone would find themselves in this place, and you could bet your bottom dollar that this establishment would be filled with celebrities.
Diana Ross would often spend her downtime dancing the night away in this place, but she didn’t wear a giant ball gown or a form-fitting dress to do so. Instead, she kept it simple with a torn shirt, some jeans, and some low heels. These nights were all about the dancing, rather than a fashion show.
Those who got to experience this amazing era were known for having smiles on their faces, and it seemed as though all of the rules had been thrown out of the window.
Many people did whatever made them happy, and sometimes this dancing away in a field with music in the background and their hair flowing down their shoulders. This lady is the perfect example of that, and you can see just how happy she looks as she sways to the music with her paisley crop top and skirt.
Blurring the lines
One of the greatest things about fashion in the 1970s was the fact that people didn’t worry about blurring the lines. The distinction between men and women’s clothing became less and less obvious as the years went by, and women weren’t afraid to choose outfits that were outside of their usual box.
Don’t believe us? Just take a look at this woman. Wearing a sweater vest, loose pants, and an oversized blazer, she didn’t feel afraid to rock the fashion world with her androgynous getup. Even the man at the back of the restaurant looks impressed!
Although there’s no doubt about the fact that the 1970s was full of amazing celebrities, Cher was particularly famous during this time. Her impressive singing talent blew everyone away, her acting skills showed the world what she was truly made of, and she quickly became a style icon.
Anything Cher wore instantly became popular with fans across the world, even if it was something as simple as a unitard and some tight-fitting pants. Cher absolutely rocked it, but we probably don’t need to tell you that. After all, you can see that for yourself.
Life in color
While many of the photos depicting this epic era were taken in black and white, that doesn’t mean that some of life in the 1970s was captured in color. This amazing photo shows you just how cool the people were back in the day, and just how much they loved to play with their style.
From wearing clashing colors to trying out all kinds of patterns, these people wanted to make sure that they were looking as cool and comfortable as possible as they shook their heads and shimmied their hips.
One of the coolest things about the 1970s was that all of the most famous faces of the era got to meet up in one particular place; Studio 54. This nightclub served as the ultimate playground for the most famous singers, dancers, and actors of the time – including these three.
Here you can see Elton John, Diana Ross, and Cher hanging out and showing off their beauty and their talent, and of course, their style. From the feathers to the diamonds, everything about their outfits screams excess, and that’s why they are so famous.
Bright and breezy
When you think back to the 1970s, you probably think of bright colors, big hair, and long boots. Well, that’s exactly what this era was like. This picture perfectly sums up the people who lived during this time and the outfits that they used to wear.
Tie-dye was hugely popular during this decade, but it was used in a more understated way than the 1960s. It was meshed into sophisticated and colorful outfits, and paired with boots that were definitely made for walking. Of course, the middle parting just finishes the whole thing off.
Big hair don’t care
Jerry Hall took the 1970s by storm with her incredible beauty and talent, and that’s probably why she had the chance to appear on the cover of a whopping 40 magazines by the time 1977 came around.
Known for her long, blonde hair and her impressive height, it seemed as though everyone wanted to take pictures of her. Her popularity only increased when she was linked to musicians such as Bryan Ferry and Jerry Hall, and she proved to the world that bigger really is better – especially when it comes to the hair.
Making a statement
By the time the 1970s came around, models were reigning supreme in the world of popular culture. They were inspiring fashion trends, they were rocking the runway, and they were attending the hottest celebrity parties.
Because of this, it should come as no surprise to learn that Grace Jones was often a frequent visitor to Studio 54. When the actress and singer made her way to the club, she always made sure that she made a statement with her outfits. This was just one of her wacky choices, and this picture has since become iconic.
Despite the fact that the 1970s were all about disco, there’s no doubt about the fact that other musical genres made their mark on the world of music and fashion.
Yes, by the time the mid-’70s came around, punk rock had spread across the world, and more and more people were donning chains, statement T-shirts, and futuristic accessories. These guys can be seen modeling some of the most iconic punk rock looks of the decade, and you can see that they just ooze coolness. They didn’t care what anyone thought of them.
Fleetwood Mac was hugely influential in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, but it’s fair to say that the arrival of Stevie Nicks took their popularity up a notch. Stevie quickly became the figurehead of the band, and everyone knew her for her impressive lyrics, her beautiful singing voice, and her bohemian style.
Because of this, her floaty and alternative aesthetic swept across the world and inspired those who wanted to be just like that. In fact, this trend has continued today, with people still seeing her as a style icon.
One of the biggest things we can get from stylish photos from the 1970s is that everyone felt extremely confident in their own skin. With various different style icons to follow, men and women of this era had the chance to follow an aesthetic that stood out to them.
This meant that there were specific trends, but that everyone was able to make their own statement. Because of this, you can see that women like these felt flirty and strong in their outfits – which is a feeling you just can’t buy.
Making an entrance
We’ve already seen that Bianca Jagger was a leading figure in the style of the 1970s, and one of the main reasons for this is because she didn’t play by the rules.
Bianca loved to stray from convention during this era, and she loved to make her mark in her very own way. While making an entrance to her own birthday party, she even mounted a horse adorned with a unicorn horn and trotted her way into Studio 54. It was a bold move, but one that earned her style points across the world.
While there were countless places to make your mark in the 1970s, many celebs often left their bizarre fashion moves for their appearances at Studio 54. That’s because they could guarantee that they would be photographed, and they could guarantee that their pictures would make their way into newspapers and magazines.
When Lauren Hutton, Grace Jones, and Pat Cleveland all made their way to this event, they knew they had to look their best, but they also knew that they didn’t want to try too hard. We think they absolutely nailed it.
Rolling down the boardwalk
Rollerblading was hugely popular in the 1970s, and it’s not hard to see why. What could be better than rolling boardwalk without a care in the world as you rock the latest trends?
While these rollerblades were a little different from the ones we use today, it’s fair to say that the typical street style has largely stayed the same. You just can’t go wrong with high-waisted shorts, oversized sweaters, long socks, and some big, blown-out hair.
Suited and booted
Suits are often reserved for the men of the world, but the women of the 1970s didn’t want this to be the case. Instead, they wanted to ensure that they would be able to wear what they wanted with pride, and feel confident doing so.
Because of this, they often donned some of the coolest suits known to man or woman, and many of these were adorned with all kinds of colors and patterns. They made a statement, and before too long, this trend was sweeping across the nation and the world as a whole.