The 1970s formal dress, party dress or prom dress went through several changes during the decade. At first, the short shift cocktail party dress or according pleated swing dress continued its trend from the 60s. Then came a new dress style: the long empire waist maxi dresses made of flowing chiffon, florals or bold hippie prints topped with bat sleeves or an oversized sheer cape. These morphed into the granny dress or peasant dress, popular as 70s prom dresses for their tasteful throwback style to late Victorian fashion. Lace insets, ruffle trim, and long bell sleeves embellished these long 70s party dresses. At the very end of the 70s came the era of slinky disco dresses inspired by Grecian draping and simple ballet dance skirts. Metallic colors in liquid fabrics made them sparkle like a disco ball. Don’t forget jumpsuits were also worn as evening and formalwear. Scroll down to see pictures of vintage 70s formal dresses and jumpsuits. Shop 70s jumpsuits here.
The 70s are back… or at least a modern interpretation of the decade is. 70s evening dresses in shimmering fabrics, maxi lengths, floral prints, bell sleeves and cape layers are easy to find in regular, petite and plus sizes. We search online and found the following dresses that are perfect for a 70s prom or party dress. To view a gallery of 70s formal dresses scroll to the bottom of the page or click here to jump.