Get ready to don the headbands and flares! The 70’s was a decade full of over the top fashion and bold prints, but just what did they wear at Christmas time?
Much like today, Christmas was seen as a formal occasion but not so formal that they would get out a ball gown.
On Christmas Day, the women invariably wore a skirt or dress. Skirts were straight midi skirts and were typically worn with a shirt tucked into the skirt. Dresses were again, a midi length and were worn with boots and midi coats.
Shoes had kitten heels and boots had a more stocky heel. During winter, boots were most popular amongst most women however heels were still worn for evening occasions.
As for hair, hair was big and backcombed to within an inch of it’s life. Usually a curl was put through the ends. In contrast to this, some women preferred to wear their hair loose in bohemian style waves.
For men, flared trousers and brightly coloured shirts were all the range! Yes, those hawaiian shirts your dad wears on holiday were actually once fashionable!
One thing men always paid close attention to was their shoes. Shoes were invariably boots or brogues and men would spend a lot of time and effort polishing their shoes to ensure there were no scuff marks on them.
Of course, more relaxed shoes such as flat plimsole shoes were also available but invariably most men wore a dress shoe for formal occasions such as Christmas.
The older generation of men wore knitter jumpers or cardigans with a shirt underneath and the ladies would wear a midi skirt with a pretty blouse and heels. Class was everything for fashion during the retro 70’s!
Unlike today where Christmas jumpers are one of the biggest fashion must-have’s for winter, back in the 70s mainly celebrities wore them and we have to say they were far more flamboyant and cringe-worthy than today.
Do you have any memories of Christmas during the 70’s? or can you remeber what fashion must-have was on everyones list?
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