Disco clothes are making a comeback. Gone are the days when people would spit out jokes about disco being dead. Instead, disco suits, sequins and medallions are popping up around nightclubs and runways around the world.
All you have to do is say the Bee Gees or talk about John Travolta and the image of a leisure suit with bell-bottoms comes to mind. Such suits were all the rage for men during this time period. Made out of polyester or rayon, they were made to show off the man's body, often paired with belts, platform shoes and gold medallion-type jewelry.
When it comes to disco clothes looks, you have to realize that disco was all about being noticed. People felt like they could go all out when they went out for the night. Thus, it was common to see sequin bandeau tops, form-fitting gold lame hot pants and leopard skin dresses and halter tops. Clothing during this time was meant to show off the body and to look appealing under disco balls, ultra violet lights, and when dancing.
Similarly, the fabrics and colors that defined disco were over-the-top: bright colors and elaborately patterned pieces of clothing were common. It was not uncommon to see animal prints of all types and folks sporting satin jackets and metallic styled outfits.
And of course, you can not talk about disco clothes without talking about bell-bottom pants, platform shoes, and peasant tops. Pants became wider and wider and shoes became higher and higher; it was common to see folks with platforms that were over four inches in height. Peasant tops were popular for women, especially those that slipped off the shoulders; bell-bottom jeans and slacks were popular for both men and women.
Hairstyles in the disco era remain instantly recognizable, a true part of a defining decade in history and fashion. Some styles are making a comeback. As for others? Well, they seemed like good ideas at the time.
A short summary of the trends of the disco era.