Hippie Look[ edit ] The decade began with a continuation of the hippie look from the s , giving a distinct ethnic flavor. Popular early s fashions for women included Tie dye shirts, Mexican 'peasant' blouses,  folk-embroidered Hungarian blouses, ponchos, capes,  and military surplus clothing. Hippie clothing during this time was made in extremely bright colors,  as well as Indian patterns, Native American patterns, and floral patterns.
All of these replaced standard jewelry. This young English woman is wearing a fringed suede miniskirt. Although the hippie look was widespread, it was not adopted by everyone. Many women still continued to dress up with more glamorous clothes, inspired by s movie star glamour.
Other women just adopted simple casual fashions, or combined new garments with carefully chosen secondhand or vintage clothing from the s, s and s. Pastel colors were most commonly used for this style of clothing, such as mauve , peach , apple green , pink, yellow, white, wheat , camel , gray, and baby blue.
This fragmented into more styles, such as sweater coats, sweater dresses, floor-length sweaters, and even sweater suits. Many of them were trimmed with fur, especially faux. Chunky, shawl-collared, belted cardigans, often in brown and white, were also commonplace. Women had boots for every occasion, with a wide variety of styles being sold in stores for affordable prices. Despite the wide variety, the most popular boots were Go-go boots , crinkle boots boots with a shiny wet look that was wrinkled , stretch boots, and granny boots s style lace-up boots that ended just below the knees.
By the mid s, the hippie look had completely disappeared, although casual looks continued. In the mid s women wore sweaters , T-shirts , cardigans , kimonos , graphic T-shirts and sweaters,  jeans, khakis, gauchos,  workmen's clothes, and vintage clothing. This included capes, turbans , puffy skirts and shirts with billowing sleeves. Small leather shoulder bags were worn by women everywhere, and popular shoes included Mary Janes , knee-high boots with rounded toes, platform shoes and sandals, Birkenstocks,  and loafers.
Jumpsuits were almost always flared in the legs, and sleeves varied from being completely sleeveless to having extremely long bell-sleeves. Accessories were less of an importance during this time, but two very desirable accessories included sneakers and tennis headbands. The progressive addition of women to the work force altered shopping styles and fashion. Working women shopped on weekends and in the evenings. This included a lot of layering, with women wearing two blouses at once, multiple sweaters, pants underneath tunic dresses, and jumpers worn over long, fitted dresses.
The s also featured some of the most scandalous dresses worn publicly in American history up to that point. This trend expanded to other styles, most notably the wedge heel arguably the most popular women's shoe of the mid s. Boots became rounder, chunkier, heavier, and thicker, and were more expensive than they were in the early s. Popular boots of the mid s included wedge boots, ankle boots , platform boots , and cowboy boots.
Disco look[ edit ] Swedish model Ulla Jones dressed in a lurex halter top and matching flared trousers The disco music genre spawned its own fashion craze in the mid to late s. Young people gathered in nightclubs dressed in new disco clothing that was designed to show off the body and shine under dance-floor lights.
Disco fashion featured fancy clothes made from man-made materials. It became an extremely popular item, as it flattered a number of different body types and sizes, and could be worn both to the office by day, and to nightclubs and discos by night.
Disco clothes worn by women included tube tops, sequined halterneck shirts, blazers, spandex short shorts , loose pants, form-fitting spandex pants, maxi skirts and dresses with long thigh slits, jersey wrap dresses , ball gowns , and evening gowns. Late s — [ edit ] Relaxed look[ edit ] Group of friends in Two of the women are wearing the trendy tube tops , while the woman on the far left is wearing a rayon strapless dress In , fashion became more baggy. This caused much controversy, as women with trim figures bemoaned not being able to flaunt them while heavier women complained the looser clothes made them look even larger.
To make up for this, it became fashionable to show more skin. This resulted in shirts being unbuttoned, sleeves being rolled up, and tops being strapless, see-through, and lacy. Shiny satin and gold colors were also used to make up for the lack of tighter clothing. Styles became curvier in , with shoulder pads, tighter skirts, and narrower waistlines. The silhouette that resulted was an inverted triangle, it was positively received by the general public. Accessories included scarves, gold jewelry, flowers, ankle boots, s style hats often tilted , skinny and wide belts, boas, braceleted gloves, spike-heeled sandals, mules , ankle-strapped shoes, waist cinchers , and obi wraps.
Color had almost completely faded from fashion in the late s, with earthy tones like browns, light blues, tans, grays, whites, and blacks making a comeback. They became less flamboyant by that point in time, and they mostly came in black, brown, or burgundy. The most popular boots were either knee-high or reached the mid-calf, and were made in leather, suede, urethane, or rubber. The toes were rounded, and zippers were on the side.
Women continued to wear wedge heels and ankle boots, as well as knee-high boots with thick kitten heels. This changed following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan , military dictatorship in Pakistan, and Iranian revolution of , when traditional conservative attire including the abaya , jilbab and niqab made a comeback. This was, when it resurged in the s, a sexy, tight swimsuit, with deep neckline and high-cut legs, worn by young women and girls in lieu of the bikini, although it did not entirely replace the latter.
This continued into the s. The Pantsuit[ edit ] By the late s the pantsuit had become acceptable business wear for executive women. The only solution to convince male-dominated workspaces was to copy their tailored suits. The jacket could be either short and shapely or long and lean.
This movie took a big inspiration from the decade and because of its success, continues to influence fashion. Skirts, when worn, were often knee-length and could possibly have a front or side slit that put a subtle emphasis on the legs. In the early s, satin shirts in bright colors such as pink, blue, and purple were popular, and often featured lace ruffles on the cuffs and neckline. Due to the colorful nature of menswear, the time period was described as the Peacock Revolution , and male trendsetters were called " Dandies ," " Dudes ," or "Peacocks.
A rise of 4. Stylish continental suits by designers Lanvin , Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin were welcomed by young men while classic suits were loved by first-timers. As a result, everyday designers kept things simple. For men this particularly meant bell bottom jeans , tie dye shirts, and military surplus clothing.
Due to the ongoing Cultural Revolution in China, Western style clothing was suppressed and both sexes wore grey Mao suits until the early s.