Are you hosting a 70s-theme bash and needing a killer costume to impress your guests? Or you’ve been invited to a 70s-theme party and are looking to win best-dressed? Then you’ve come to the right spot. When shopping, keep in mind the ‘look’ you might be going for, and then be sure to take into consideration price, design, wearability, and durability.
Often parties from the 1970s overlap a bit from the 1960s, and even from the 1980s, so you might expand your search a little to get the best look. Bright colors, funky fabrics, and big accessories (don’t forget that afro wig) are a must when putting together any 1970s costume.
The hippie look is a very popular look when creating a 70s costume. For women, try pairing a shirt you already own with a great pair of bell-bottom pants. Amazon sells these Hippie Flower Power pants in a great pink shade for just $14.66. They fit true-to size, are a stretchy polyester fabric, and come with an elastic waistband making them comfortable enough to dance the night away in. To pull off this look, be sure to blow dry your hair nice and straight (or get a long wig), add a funky headband, and some cheap peace-sign accessories. Oh, and don’t forget those groovy lennon glasses.
For men, pair some acid-washed jeans with an awesome tie-die shirt. This classic retro swirl shirt comes in a great variety of adult sizes for $14.99-$20.00 on Amazon. The colors are amazingly vibrant and the cotton is thick and comfortable. Like for the women’s costume, add in some great accessories including a wig, glasses, and a headband. And you might also consider a leather vest full of fringe to complete your look.
Another popular look of the 70s is the disco style. This Disco Diva costume by California Costumes is a hot look and can be yours from $19.83-$50.00, depending on size. (Note on size: many of the reviewers indicate this dress runs small, so order a size larger than you normally would. Also, this dress highlights the ‘short skirt’ trend of the late 70s, so you might want to pick up a pair of boy-short spanx.) The colors of the dress are great, and it is covered in sequins that really help it pop. If you really want to take the disco diva to the next level, be sure to pair it with an awesome afro wig.
The 70s was all about flashy and bright, so men can’t go wrong with this awesome Dynomite Dude disco shirt. A great value at $24.71-$28.99 this shirt’s polyester material makes it comfortable and wearable. Pair this shirt with an afro wig, or consider this cool mixed-blonde mullet wig. It is does fit a bit snug, but you’ll be getting laughs and jealous looks all night long, groovy dude.
Whatever 70s look you decide to go for, will be complete with an awesome pair of boots or platform shoes. You can’t go wrong with these Go-Go Boots made by Rubie’s Costumes. For just $32.99 on Amazon they are affordable enough to add to your costume for sure. Made of faux patent leather, they are classic white and fit true-to-size and are actually rather comfortable, which is important for all the dancing you’ll be doing in them! Be careful if you plan to wear them again, however, as they may scuff easily in storage. Just tuck them away in their own box and you’ll be set to wear them for every costume event in the future!
Men or women can pull off this awesome platform shoe from RedSky Trader. Available on Amazon for $34.95-$45.95, they may be a bit pricey for one night, but they will really pull your whole outfit together and you’ll be the hit of the party. Sizes are listed as men’s sizes and they are a white high-heeled, platform shoe.
With a few items you may already have, or a quick trip to the thrift store, you can splurge on these bigger items to really pull together one funky and groovy 70s costume and be the hit of the party for sure.