It seems that platform shoes and chunky heels are back in fashion again. This style was huge in the 1970s. So I thought I would write about fashion and footwear from the disco decade, the 1970s.
Flared trousers were in fashion in the 1970s for both men and women. This style of trousers are also called bell bottoms, because the bottoms of these trousers flared out from the knee, kind of like the shape of a bell. In the 1970s both men and women wore shirts with big, pointed collars. Synthetic fabrics like polyester and rayon were popular in the 1970s. Think: John Travolta wearing his white polyester suit in ‘Saturday Night Fever’.
For women, mini skirts and short mini dresses were fashionable in the 1970s. Loose and flowing caftans were also popular among women. There were many different hairstyles that were popular in this decade. Both men and women sported afros. The Farrah Fawcett look was ‘in’. This was the hairstyle popularized by Farrah Fawcett in her role on the 1970s TV show ‘Charlie’s Angels’. This hairstyle featured wavy curls and flicks of the hair out to the side. Another hairstyle popular with women in the 1970s was long, straight hair worn with a centre part.
Some time ago I was a cast member in a stage musical set in Vietnam in the mid-1970s (no prizes for guessing which musical this is). I had 3 pairs of stage shoes for the musical; all the shoes were 1 or 2 sizes too small for me and made my feet hurt terribly. There were 2 pairs of shoes in gold. Metallic colours for footwear were quite big in the 1970s. There was also a pair of flat black canvas shoes. In the musical, these were worn by Viet Cong guerrillas. I have looked at old photos of the Viet Cong from that era and they actually fought in sandals that looked a bit like low Roman sandals.
Quite apart from guerrilla warfare and the Vietnam War, the most distinctive style of shoe from the 1970s was without doubt the platform shoe. Platform shoes have thick, high elevated soles that can add 3 – 4 inches to a person’s height. Chunky heels were also in fashion in the 1970s. Both these styles made a comeback in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Think: footwear worn by some of the Spice Girls. And now platform shoes and chunky heels seem to be making another comeback.