Unusual clothing styles of 70's and 80's

 70's and 80's Clothes Nobody Loves

By Grace Ascher

 

70's and 80's Clothes Nobody Loves

 

70's and 80's Clothes Nobody Loves

By Grace Ascher

 

Introduction.......................................................................................1

 

Bell Bottoms......................................................................................2

 

Parachute Pants................................................................................3

 

Leg Warmers......................................................................................4

 

Rainbow Suspenders.........................................................................5

 

Oversized Shoulder Pads...................................................................6

 

Jumpsuits...........................................................................................7

 

Platform Shoes...................................................................................8

 

Huge Earrings......................................................................................9

 

Members Only Jackets......................................................................10

 

Leisure Suits.......................................................................................11

 

Conclusion..........................................................................................12

 

Glossary..............................................................................................13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

     This book is about clothes from the 70’s and 80s people don’t really like, or wear anymore. Some of these clothes are tops, bottoms, or both!

 

 

      Many of these clothes were a popular trend that many people wore, and were very well known. Most of these trending clothes were a symbol of their time.

Introduction

 

 

      Many of these clothes were a popular trend that many people wore, and were very well known. Most of these trending clothes were a symbol of their time.

  1. Bell bottoms were originally worn by sailors, in the war of 1812. These pants were also a part of the US navy uniform until 1998. These wide pants, made it easier to roll up on messy jobs. If the sailors fell, the pants could be pulled over boots, and the wide legs would act as a life preserver.

 

     The clothing of this fashion was inexpensive, and extremely casual. This is why they became so popular in the 1970’s for hippe and daring teenagers. Since they were popular, teenagers wore them every day. 

 

      Bell bottoms were both wide, and made from denim, satin, and polyester. These fabulous flaring pants entered the fashion world in 1920, by Coco Chanel. They were so popular, they became a representation of the unbelievable, and colorful style of the 70s.

 

Bell  Bottoms

 

     Parachute pants were unisex- but mostly worn by men.The vast pants were characterized by their material, just like actual parachutes, they are made of nylon, allowing them to be lightweight and durable. They mimicked parachutes. Their loose fit became its signature, and they had a lot of room to move around in.

 

    Hip Hop performers of the 1980’s frequently wore them for three reasons. First, to enhance the look of the dance move. Second, the material was strong enough so the pants would not rip when they were “rolling” around on the floor. Third, the pants were roomy enough which allowed them to do cool dance moves.

 

One of the main manufacturers was a company called Bugle Boy. They were about $25-35 each pair. These pants sometimes had random zippers to make them look cooler. These pants were a big part of the 1980’s.

Parachute Pants

 

 

     At first, they were worn by dancers to keep their muscles from cramping. It also didn’t matter if you knew how to dance or not, you would always wear a pair of these footless socks!

 

     Leg warmers were originally made from wool, but also made from cotton. They also came in different colors and patterns. These “hot socks” were used for fashion, not function. People of the 70’s wore leg warmers with everything. Some people even wore leg warmers in the summer.

 

     Leg Warmers became famous because of the movie Fame and Flashdance. The star of Flashdance was Jennifer Beals. Jennifer Beals always wore leg warmers in the movie. Fame was about a performing arts high school in New York. Flashdance was a movie, about a young dancer who wanted to go to ballet school. Leg warmers were a big part of both.

 

Leg Warmers

 

 

     Rainbow suspenders were originally made as a device to keep pants up, but then people just wore them to look cool. The first suspenders were designed to make an “H” shape in the back. They were made of strong fabrics, like leather, twill, and fancy cotton brocades. They came in different widths for different people. People wore them with t-shirts, jeans, or cutoff shorts.

 

     People put buttons on such as: “Grody to the max”, or “Gag me with a spoon.” Almost every kid wore pins with their rainbow suspenders. The more pins you had on your suspenders the better.

 

     The TV show Mork and Mindy, made rainbow suspenders popular. As a result, kids thought they were cool, so almost every kid wore these suspenders to school. Then, they came in different widths for different people.

 

 

Rainbow Suspenders

 

     Women started wearing shoulder pads because it made them look broader and more in charge. In addition, it made the waist appear smaller. Women seeking success wore them. They had the illusion of less sloping shoulders, and helped define the silhouette.

 

     Several shirts came with their own set of shoulder pads, which were attached using velcro. Velcro was sewn on to the pads, and the piece of clothing so you could just put them on with ease. Some women even wore more than one pair at a time!

 

    They were notorious in shows like Dynasty. In this show, there was a rich family who lived in Denver, Colorado. The women wore very fancy clothes with big shoulder pads, especially the character named Crystal Carrington. Then, shoulder pads became a defining fashion. By the end of the era, some shoulder pads were the size of dinner plates. No one wore shoulder pads by the 1990’s.

Oversized Shoulder Pads

     Jumpsuits are a one piece outfit.-Both men and women wore these jumpsuits.  Jumpsuits were wide at the bottom, and came in a variety of different styles. It was often made of shiny, and silky fabrics. They tended to have futuristic look to them. Influenced by the jumpsuits worn by the actors in popular shows like Trek, or the Jetsons.

 

     Disco jumpsuits were often white and tight. They were most likely worn with a fancy, or shiny belt. Elvis Presley loved them, and had many of them. Some of the jumpsuits may have buttoned up in the back, or had a zipper instead. The Jumpsuits truly only looked good on a limited number of people.

 

     During the day, jumpsuits were worn, but are made out of a different material, like denim, or cotton. They are less bold than jumpsuits worn in clubs, or at night. Also, people mostly wore the jumpsuits to disco clubs to dance in.

Jumpsuits

 

     Platform shoes were made from wood, cork, and plastic. The shoes had a thick sole.They came in many different styles like espadrilles, oxfords, sneakers and sandals. Also, they came in a lot of designs, colors, and materials. The heel could be around to 6 inches! They are often worn with jumpsuits, to dance in.

   

     Many rock musicians like David Bowie, wore platform shoes as a part of their act. Sometimes, platform shoe “lovers” would put live aquariums in the heel, or the platform to make the shoe more vivid.

   

     Believe it or not, these extremely tall shoes were truly comfortable. The large front platform kept the weight off your toes, so there wasn’t a lot of pressure in that area of your foot.

Platform Shoes

     Huge earrings were loud, clunky and screamed at anyone to look at their ears. Giant hoops, keys, and crosses were very bold. Earrings were so big, earlobes stretched out from the shape and the weight. The biggest length was about 3-4 inches, and the diameter could be four inches at the biggest!

 

      So most earrings would brush up against your neck. The really huge earrings were called shoulder dusters. It didn’t matter where you were, or what you were doing. People wore them everyday. You could always find a big pair of earrings that could match any outfit!

 

      Every 80s pop star wore huge earrings. Like, Madonna, and Tiffany. Some of you might know who Debbie Gibson is. If you do, then you would know that she wore them during her concerts.-Big earrings are still worn today, but not at work, and usually not as colorful.

 

 

Huge Earrings

 

     They are colored jackets with “ribbed” knit cuffs, and epaulettes. They came in different colors like, blue, red, green, but black was the coolest. It also zipped up, with a snap at the top. It was like a windbreaker style. The jackets were $35 to $50.

 

The brand was created in 1975, by the company, Members Only. The advertising tagline was, “when you put it on, something happens.” They were gender neutral , but mostly men wore them. On the pocket, it said, “members only.”

 

They became very popular on 1980s TV shows like Knight Rider and Silver Spoons. The star of Knight Rider was David Hasselhoff, and he wore the members only jacket all the time. Ricky Schroeder, of Silver Spoons, wore a different color of a Members Only jacket every episode.

 

Members Only Jackets

     Leisure suits had a button down top, with matching slacks. They were created in California, were used for casual, or work clothes. They were originally known as the “Hollywood Suit”.

 

 

     American designer Jerry Rosengarten came up with the leisure suit in 1970. It was also made of polyester. They came in different patterns and colors. Also, they were made in earth tone plaids. People wore them with gold chains, medallions, and of course, the platform shoe.

 

     One of the most famous leisure suits was worn by John Travolta, in the hit film, “Saturday Night Fever”. In the Movie, John Travolta wears a white leisure suit in his disco dance. Men all over the country wanted to dress exactly like Travolta. Leisure suits also “gained” popularity because of him, the suits were fashionable.

Lesiure Suits

     Would you wear these clothes? I wouldn’t. Maybe now you know why people wore these clothes back then.

 

Conclusion

Tye Dye-70s

 

Maxi Dressses-70's

 

Mini Skirts-80's

 

Fringe-70's

 

High Waisted Shorts and Jeans-80's

 

Printed Scarf-70's

 

Tube Tops-70's

Fashions in the 70's That People Love

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Brocades- Fabric woven with an elaborate design

 

enhance- Intensify

 

epaulettes- An ornamental shoulder piece worn on uniforms

 

mimicked- To imitate

 

notorious- Widely and unfavorably known

 

ribbed- The cuff of a piece of clothing

 

unisex- Suitable for both sexes

 

vivid- Strikingly bright

 

Glossary