The 70’s are back! Here are the coolest outfit ideas from the high street | shopping


The 1970s was an era of great social change, the boom in hippie culture and, surprisingly, the invention of email. If they only knew, all these years later we’d be plagued by emails with tempting ASOS sales and Duolingo telling us it’s been 2,356 days since our last streak.

Gen Z has been obsessed with the seventies look lately, and with good reason. The style of the 70s was full of colour, flower power, patterns and fabrics. Bell bottoms, jumpsuits and all things crochet dominated the fashion scene in the early, mid and late 1970’s. People experimented with their clothes every day and took risks with their wardrobes. We want to be inspired by that, because monochrome is So last week.

We’ve put together the ultimate 70’s style guide for women, featuring dresses, tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories from British high street brands so you can dress up to celebrate the disco era. We might also throw in a few fun ’70s facts to get you in the groove. Do you dig it?

SHOP: The ultimate 70s style guide for 2022

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CREDIT: Urban Outfitters

We’ll start with 70’s style dresses. One thing to know about the ’70s is that they didn’t hold back when it came to patterns.

70's flower printed pleated midi dress with ruched front

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CREDIT: oasis

The phrase “flower power” was used in the late 1960s and early 1970s to represent the non-violence and anti-war attitude of the time.

Topshop open back long sleeve midi in retro 70's floral pattern

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Chiffon was a popular fabric in the ’70s and makes you totally hippie-dippy.

Lurex Clash midi dress

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CREDIT: Never fully dressed

Before the ’80s conquered a hotbed of sequins, the late ’70s got off to a flying start with all things glitter. This gorgeous dress also features balloon sleeves, which is a disco staple.

Bottle green 70's style sleeveless dress with floral collar

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CREDIT: I saw it first

Feel like a total earth goddess in this green number.

FAR OUT electric orange

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Ok, so this dress is a bit too stuffy, but hey?? A dress crocheted entirely from scratch?? Come to our shopping cart.

70's collar shirt

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CREDIT: warehouse

In the top half, we love this combo of brown and purple – creating a natural, down-to-earth palette. ✌️🌍

UO Archive '70s inspired halterneck top with floral neckline

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CREDIT: Urban Outfitters

Thanks to the sexual revolution that began in the ’60s, crop tops exploded in the ’70s scene, with both men and women rocking the crop. In fact, that is what is said Crop Tops were first attracted to male bodybuilders who would “cut off the bottom of their shirts to circumvent the gym dress code, which prevented men from working out shirtless”.

Chamomile Winter Berry Print Blouse

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CREDIT: Joanie

There are three patterns for this blouse, but we think the ‘Winter Berry’ print screams seventies the most.

ASOS DESIGN satin top with ruched front and hook and eye detail in swirl print

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Swirly whirly 😵‍💫Don’t look at the pattern for too long, you might get confused.

Milkmaid crop top with chocolate asymmetric hemline

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CREDIT: misled

No, your eyes aren’t fooling you – it is indeed a 70’s top that is pattern free. You can easily rock the hippie look without a print.

Warehouse 70's inspired collared satin shirt

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CREDIT: Debenhams

This top uses a “Barrymore collar,” a style of collar popularized by actor John Barrymore in the ’70s. It’s hella camp.

70's style high flares with floral pattern

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CREDIT: Debenhams

Now moving on to the bottoms and be warned there are a lot of bell bottoms/flares ahead. These special torches also come with a matching top.

UO Brown 70's Wave Flare Flare Pants

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CREDIT: Urban Outfitters

Earthy orange and brown became the colors of the 1970s, as a rebellion against the artificial. This pattern also reminds us of the static lines that would appear on old televisions.

High-waisted velvet flared trousers

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CREDIT: Ultamodan

Velvet was one of the hottest fabrics of the ’70s, and these Ultamodan flared pants come in a choice of red, black, green, dark green or purple.

UO halterneck mesh jumpsuit in brown with swirl print

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CREDIT: Urban Outfitters

It wouldn’t be a ’70s style guide without some good ol’ jumpsuits. 😍

ASOS DESIGN 70s jumpsuit in brown with zip front

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Jumpsuits were often worn by both sexes in the ’70s, with Elvis and Cher being the jumpsuit icons of the era.

Halter denim jumpsuit

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CREDIT: Karen Millen

Unfortunately, the 70s introduced double denim 🤢 Just put it on one Layer up denim here with this halterneck jumpsuit.

ASOS DESIGN 70s choker tea jumpsuit in retro floral print

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This jumpsuit is fabulous but be warned – reviews say the bust only fits an A/B cup. Little boob club, get up 🙌

UO Tasha Corduroy Coat With Faux Fur Trim

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CREDIT: Urban Outfitters

Gone are the days when putting on your coat ruined your look – the ’70s are here to help.

UO Faux Fur Long Coat in Amber

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CREDIT: Urban Outfitters

Faux fur lined coats, faux fur lined coats all over. 🙌

Jacket with faux fur trim

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Combine vegan leather and fur in this ’70s mash-up to die for. Comes in black or olive green.

Jayley midi coat with faux fur trimmed tie waist in green

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Look at that faux fur trim – fabulous darling.

Topshop Long Coat with PU and Faux Fur Trims and Belt in Buttermilk

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Rather than going all-white, wearing slightly muted colors like buttermilk can complement ’70s Au Naturel styling.

Faux shearling donkey coat

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CREDIT: warehouse

Another slightly expensive option, but mom always said to spend money on a good quality coat. 👀

Koi shoes Zuri Mary Jane heels

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CREDIT: Urban Outfitters

Shoes – you can never have too many. The 1970s prioritized big sales over everything else. All we can say is, RIP your ankle. 🙏

ASOS DESIGN Profile chunky loafer with high heel in tan

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Loafers actually became popular in the 50’s but experienced a resurgence in the 70’s and 80’s. Preppy authenticity.

PILAR platform sandals made of leather with back straps

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CREDIT: Fitflop

No ordinary sandals allowed. Platforms have always been the way to go.

Koi Tira Mary Jane shoes

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CREDIT: Urban outfits

Another style popular in the ’70s was the Mary Jane shoe, and we’re obsessed with it.

ASOS DESIGN Priority high heel platform shoes in multi

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This heel height is a whopping 12.5 cm, so not for the faint of heart. Only brave warriors.

Brown leatherette knee high platform boots

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CREDIT: misled

Knee-high boots were also a must in more subtle colors, not like the bright knee-high platforms of the ’60s.

70's ankle boots

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CREDIT: Super dry

Would you rather opt for something more reserved? We get it – here’s a great option from Superdry.

Pink 70s Retro Heart iPhone 12/12 Pro Case

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CREDIT: Pretty little thing

Let’s talk accessories. iPhones didn’t exist in the ’70s, but that doesn’t mean you can’t deck out your tech with the era’s funky patterns.

ASOS DESIGN recycled polyester knot headband with 70's swirl print

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The hippie movement led to hair bands galore.

resin earring

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CREDIT: puzzle

Resin jewelry emulates the radical styles of the past, and this pair from Jigsaw comes in green or red.

70's Squarely Mod Blue Green Brown Earrings Groovy Girl

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Although mod fashion went out of style in the early 1970s, some of its influencers stuck with it, including the use of shapes.

70s Resin Flower Drop Earrings

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CREDIT: Urban Outfitters

Flowers – are we surprised? But not mad. 😍

70's style clay earrings

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Get the individual colors for £8 or the whole collection for £20.

Brown retro heart necklace

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Peace and love maaaan ✌️.

Matira enamel coated necklace

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CREDIT: Oliver Bonas

This necklace is the izz, fo-sho. (😬 Sorry…)

Oversized reading glasses

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Do you remember your grandma had a penchant for big glasses? Yes, you have the 70s to thank for that. Your grandma was damn stylish. With these glasses from the Etsy shop Insurgenteyewear you can get them in prescriptions from +100 to +400 as well as clear.

GROOVIES - Super 70s - UV400 - Tinted Sunglasses

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Remember to get UV goggles. Okay, lecture over.

ASOS DESIGN Recycled 70's style sunglasses with orange lenses in green

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These sunglasses are great because they are 100 percent recycled. “After being chopped into chips, the old plastic is melted down and pressed into virgin plastic.”

Custom Crochet Bag

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You can contact shop owner Eloise for custom colors for your crochet bag – totally bitch.

ASOS DESIGN 70's inspired shoulder bag with brown cord closure detail

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The conclusion of our style guide is this corduroy bag from ASOS, which stands above everything else THAT Stuff of the 70’s because of its working class roots. Sew a peace sign patch on this bad boy and you’re good to go.

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