I think I was born in the wrong era! I’ve always thought they had it right in the Hippy Years, from music, ideology to fashion. One of the best dress up nights you will ever go to is bound to be a Hippy Party!
Hippies range from minidresses, to maxis, from all sorts of materials. Often there are beautiful details like embroidery and extra features on vintage items – the sort of attention to detail rarely seen in our mass produced market of today. Hippy fashion entails all things beautiful and bohemian with the craft of different cultures front and centre.
In fact, I met my beautiful husband at Deb’s 1970’s party (as I’ve blogged before!)……he was wearing a huge afro and I didn’t recognise him when I saw him again a few weeks later!
Hippies are a constant item in our little costume shop. People are always happy to go as a groovy hippy to a 1960’s or 1970’s show. The look is comfy yet eclectic and you are free to express yourself anyway you feel.
From miniskirts to maxi dresses, this era was characterised by freedom and self expression.
Hippies are a staple dress-up. You can never go wrong with a tree-hugging, nature loving, adorable, Woodstock, incense smelling, bohemian Hippy costume. From authentic items from the 1960’s and 1970’s, to folksy bohemian from more modern times, it is easy to throw together a complete outfit. Maybe even from your own wardrobe!
All about nature…..
Hippies love nature-inspired fashion. Items created out of natural products, locally and simple in design, are worn for their utility, not their label. A fringed suede vest is a timeless hippy piece which comes in and out of magazine trends. Multicoloured paisley looks great on tunics, tops, pants, sashes and headbands.
Don’t be colour-shy!
Bright colours and lots of contrast are always popular with disco inspired Hippies!
Easy accessories to suit!
The best way to jazz up a Hippy costume is to add some on theme accessories. We have a range of rose coloured round hippy glasses, dark round hippy glasses, peace signs, wigs and more!
One of the easiest costumes ever! Disco divas are the perfect choice when you know you want to rip up that dance floor!
From sexy Foxy Cleopatra, Felicity Shagwell or RollerBabe Girl. There are heaps of different 1970’s disco diva characters to channel.
Don’t panic if you are invited to a disco 1970’s theme night. Check out some of our collection of disco minidresses for some inspiration.
Many authentic 1970’s minidresses are outrageously short, even by today’s standards! They come in a huge variety of different styles with A-line, trapeze style and shifts.
Throw on some high boots, preferably white, and get ready to boogie.
Another great option for a disco theme is the maxi-dress. This is a perfect alternative if you don’t feel like showing too much leg! The 1970’s maxi-dress was a stylish option with funky prints and unique fabrics.
Wear them with chunky cork platform heels for an authentic look. Maxi’s were worn with ethnic inspired prints, block colours, multicoloured prints and everything in-between. They have retained an air of elegance and many are totally wearable today.
Maxi-dresses from the 1970’s have a huge variety of styles from empire line bust line to kaftans to simple sheaths and bell sleeved slinky gowns.
My husband and I met at Deb’s 30th birthday “Saturday Night Fever” themed party at the Yacht Club. He was wearing a huge afro wig – I had my photo taken with this guy and kept on partying – a few months later I found the photo and recognised my now boyfriend! True story! So I’m a bit partial to a good old Disco themed dress up. 1970’s costume shows are a perennial favourite of most dress up fans. I would estimate our costume shop deals with a 60’s/70’s night dress up at least once a month (during a pretty slow period like winter) or back to back or even twice in one weekend during our busy times.
I’ve been lucky to see some customers come up with the best combo’s from our stock of vintage disco! Even though the outfits can come back with crotches split from the dance floor action it always warms the cockles of my little heart when they go out for a good party – except that time I walked into one and saw Elvis spinning on the floor in a white jumpsuit, that was bad that one!
The Seventies had countless sexy and sassy outfits for women – I’ll get that that soon! Today, I thought I would concentrate on a few of the dapper male looks of the era and feature some favourite 1970’s disco king wear. One thing for sure, the male bottom was clothed in a lot more flattering style than the modern hanging-down-to-the-knees like a nappy/Kimbie/diaper look! Lots of guys freak out about how tight the seventies pants are around their bottoms and hips when they try them on in store (poor babies!).
One of the staples of the era is of course the safari suit:
All about the synthetic fabrics here – don’t wear too close to open flames! We usually pair with a classic disco shirt, loud tie, large sunglasses and either an Afro wig, a sideburns wig, or what I refer to as the “Seventies Shag”. We have a large collection of fabulously ugly mullet/shag wigs for that finishing touch!
Shoes: It is fantastic if you can get your hands on authentic Seventies disco shoes – they are usually a colourful leather, have a short heel and rounded front. We haven’t hired our vintage men’s shoes in a long time as we had a spate of the authentic men’s platform heels losing their heels as the glue is now so old it has trouble standing up to a night dancing! So we use modern varieties which are normally quite exaggerated – nice to see the fellas experiencing a little foot discomfort for the sake of beauty though. Some plain leather shoes will do if you can’t be bothered risking a platform heel – in a lot of 1970’s costume the flared leg means your shoes are barely visible anyway!
Sunnies: The disco king look is all about excess so sunglasses need to be huge and elaborate. Nothing understated here will do – you need to compete with your side burns! Points for funky tints too.
The Bling: Men layered on as much bling as their girls in the Seventies – rings, gold chains, pendants, and bracelets, the more the merrier! All the better for flashing your feathers at all those disco chicks!
The Disco Pimp: Never afraid to make an appearance – this walking stereotype 1970’s costume brings some colour along to the party, just in case you weren’t feeling beige.
Our pimps have all the usual – velvet, gold chains, imitation animal print, flared pants, satin shirt, sunglasses, the works! They are perfect for heaps of different occasions from parties to wedding celebrant (true story!),
Another Seventies staple, white flares and a disco shirt!
The white flares are authentic men’s vintage Seventies flares – the wig is an example of the shag wigs. The oversized satin shirt/tunic I made with flared sleeves, v-neck and side splits in a thick silky satin – I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, matched it with a darker satin tie. Ready for an Abba party!
Of course you can’t forget the classic check flared suit – for that “dedicated follower of fashion”….
1970’s costume is not just about a sharp suit with complementing shirt and tie though – there are all those little extras for the complete look!
There are heaps of different accessories available (not authentic vintage but lots of fun!).
This post is focusing solely on the disco side of Seventies fashion, there are heaps of others we will get to soon! I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our vintage collection – let me know any other looks from the glorious age of Disco that you remember!
One last outfit! This bright orange suit is a perfect party starter!