Hot! Ask: 7/22/11

How do you feel about the styles of the 1970s? Love them or hate them?


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Both! I like the styles & the lines of the clothing, but hate that non-breathable polyester fabric that was everywhere. In natural fabrics, I think many of those clothes would & could look fantastic.

  2. Love the style of them in updated modern fabric.

  3. While I don’t feel comfortable saying that I *hate* it, because that would imply being well-versed in 70s styles. I do find that virtually all 70s styles I see, though, have very few redeeming qualities. At least in terms of the kind of aesthetic I’m going for.
    I do love 70s heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal… so some aspects of the decade were good!

  4. Both! Born in the 70’s, too bad I wasn’t a part of the short dress era. My mom’s wedding dress is shorter than most of my t-shirts. LOL

  5. I love the 70’s especially the bell-bottom pants or elphant’s foot, do not know you know them.
    I also like the alter dresses,made of jersey fabric.
    I like the hippie tunics. i like the colorful necklaces and earrings.And also appreciate the colors and prints of the 70’s. I like the platform shoes.
    Oh, and I love the music of the 70’s.!
    all decades has charm and beauty!
    Como se dizia aqui no Brasil,”é uma brasa,mora!”nos anos 70.

  6. I tend to agree with Emma. I don’t feel I know enough about 70s fashion to say I hate it all, but by and large what I do know is from the 70s I’m not really a fan of. I don’t wear it and I admit I can’t even get jazzed about it on others, unlike other decades that I don’t like for me personally but love to see on others!

  7. Well, a lot of 70’s stuff is cute in a sort of goofy way (giant collars! feathered hair! polyester! gold lamé!) but then again a lot of it is just not flattering on certain body types. The 70’s style fashion is almost without exception intended for long, lean bodies topped with shiny long hair… so for me, personally, it’s not a good decade to emulate.

  8. I lived them. I loved them the first time around, especially that A-line Skimmer that takes only 2 1/2 yards. Everyone could and did wear it, from 4 year olds to great granddmas. I’m wild about bell bottoms and palazzo pants and hate polyester. Giant collars could make the blandest shirt wearable.

  9. I really don’t care much for the styles of the 70s. They’re just too much for me. I don’t know much about the decade’s styles, but what I have seen is either too ~groovy or too crunchy for my style.

  10. love anything retro. 70’s counts right?

  11. I didn’t fully appreciate the styles of the ’70’s until I started collecting vintage patterns. Though the fabric content was less than desirable, some of the polyester prints of that era were groovy!

  12. I love it! Especially the boho part. Colors and prints. And the silhouettes are the most flattering to my shape (with larger bottom).

  13. Ah the 70’s, such groovy times – I mean get a load of these tartan trews: – think I might skip on re-creating them for my current wardrobe though!

  14. I like the lines, but I will also admit that I have added pieces of vintage textured double-knit to my stash, because there’s just nothing like them. I have some awesome photoprint thick poly jersey that will be worth the discomfort of wearing…

  15. So funny… I was just looking at one of our wedding pictures and thought, “oh Lord.. why? why? would you wear a wedding dress that came up to your booty.hahhahah’ But…in the 70’s …we thought it was “just perfect”,haha

  16. Mm, I like the 70s clothes on other people, I’m all the wrong shape for miniskirts and straight lines! I can’t stand bell-bottomed trousers, we used to call them “flary nice” trousers and they have too many bad memories…

  17. I loved them then when I was in high school and I love them now. I wish I could find those patterns I made before by Betsey Johnson and Jane Tise.

  18. I thought I loved the 70s most, as far as vintage style goes, until I started sorting through my mom’s vintage patterns and, instead, kept pulling out everything from about ’65 – ’72. Guess I’m more of a ’60s girl!

  19. 70’s attire – gag me! All I can think of is cheap nasty uncomfortable fabric. I’m challenged by this challenge indeed.

  20. Agree with posters above that the polyesters of that era were particularly nasty. If you sewed your own clothing in the 1970s, you could choose natural fibers. But the styles themselves — excepting always anything hip-hugger (curse you, 1970s, 1990s and 2000s!) — were beautiful. Blouses and shirts for women, particularly, were cut to fit a woman’s body, not just to imitate menswear. And trousers were drafted with contoured waistbands, and proper fly closures. I still mourn the loss of some trousers and jackets from the late 1970s. I just gained too much weight to keep wearing them. They never really went out of style.