1970s Women’s Outfits

In the 1970s, you could see women wearing Indian block-print bedspread dresses, tie-dye t-shirts, skinny jeans or black dresses. Women’s outfits of the 1970s inherited the fashion of the 1960s, which still reflected the mixture of rebellious hippies and unconventional fashion. Whether it was short skirt with long coat or long skirt paired with short vest, there’s no definite direction to the fashion during this period.

The mods were reviving the flapper look of the 1920s, with its round-necked cloche hats and shift dress. Mature women preferred classic clothes from the 40s and 50s. 1970s fashion was a hodgepodge, not a continuation of one period, but a fusion of periods. Women favored comfortable and casual clothes. Over the past decade, all the looks tried to transform the modern style into something less plastic and simpler, while the hippie turned into tailored chic.

In the early 1970s, miniskirts, jumper dress, drop waist dress and tunic dress were still the dominant fashion. In winter, women wore sleeveless jumper dresses with short or long sleeve shirts and high knee socks. Drop waist shift dresses and button front sheath dresses were made of polyester double-knit fabric, which had excellent wrinkle resistance. Many dresses had oversized collars, and some began creating hippie styles in yellow, green and orange flowers or paisley swirls.

Women’s dresses looked more like 1940s and 1950s fashion with A-line skirts or pleated skirts as well as button-down tops. Simple one-piece dresses with belts, cap sleeves and swingy skirts or two tunics, skirts and belts constructed of the most casual dresses in that era. In autumn and winter women preferred jewel tones, while in the summer they chose pastels and white. White was a very popular color at that time for everything from dresses to hats, handbags to shoes.

For most of the 1970s, women wore pants for both day and dressy evenings because they were simple and comfortable. The dressy pants were inspired by the 1940s, with wide and straight leg and big pleats at the top for comfort. Women’s pantsuits, though unknown, had exploded on the market. Men’s tailored blazers were paired with tank vests and pussy bow tie blouse, with wide trousers and pointy toe boots, along with men’s style button-down shirts, matching suit vests, big hats, flat shoes and glasses, the look was a new trend for smart and stylish women. The shortest women’s shorts were hot pants. They were very short and with bright colors, which were made of satin, cotton, nylon, denim, and velvet. Most of them were in high waisted look. They were usually worn with tall boots and bright tights, adding a long, wide-lapel blazer to make women work easily.

As a fashion accessory, many young women in the 1970s still favored to wear hats. The wide-brimmed floppy hat was probably the most iconic hat of the decade. It worked well with peasant clothes, especially for white mesh dresses in summer, or brown suede or handmade quilted designs of hippie clothes. Casual bucket hat was specifically designed for summertime. Baseball caps and sun visors were also popular with sports fans. Hand-knitted beret was a winter staple.

How to Preserve Your Hats?

Hats are the easiest and cheapest way to protect your skin from the sun and the UV radiation, as well as to add a finishing touch to your outfit. While to protect them is not an easy thing, you can’t just throw them in there without deforming them. Therefore, you need to find the correct ways to preserve your hats. There are some ways for storing your hats, such as hang them in pegs, put them in a hat box and keep them in order will help you keep your hats safe and easy to find.

No. 1 Hanging Hats on Pegs

Most hats can be hung on pegs or hooks; this is very convenient for people who are lazy to organize things. But only some hats with solid construction can be hung on the pegs, while some fragile or antique hats may not be the good choice. There are many kinds of pegs for you to choose. You can buy them on the market or online. If you are DIY enthusiasts, you can make your own hangers by using regular nails or hooks. Make sure that the pegs are long enough to hang your hats securely. Generally speaking, a hat will be held up with 2 inches pegs.

After you got pegs, you also need to choose a space for installing pegs. The space should be secure and out of direct sunlight, otherwise, they will damage your hats. Most people like to hang the hats on the wall space, but you can hang your hats in a closet door or entryway, which would be better.

Remember do not put the pegs too close, or your hats would be very crowd. The space you give your hats based on the sizes of your hats. For example, bucket hats will require less space, while a wide-brimmed hat needs more space.

If your hats are mostly used in summer, they are often lightweight. You can buy stick-on adhesives to make sure the pegs stay securely on the wall, and then hang your hats on the pegs.

No. 2 Store Hats in Hat Boxes

Using a hat box to store your hats can keep them away from dust and moisture without damaging your hats. Hat boxes are usually round, but they also can be squared, as long as they can hold your hats safely and will not damage the hats. You can buy special hat boxes according to your hats’ size or you can use any box that is large enough to hold your hats. All they need to have is a lid to cover. You can use large shoeboxes or clear plastic boxes which will be good to keep your hats.

If you have several hats in the same size and shape, you can put them together by folding them. Don’t press any hats into each other if the hats are not in same shape. Some fragile hats that are easy to be damaged should be put in their own boxes. Plus, some hats with decorations like feathers, netting, or anything else might come off easily, so they also need to be stored in their own box.