“Put a guy who keeps his body in reasonable shape in a pair of (tight) jeans, boots, and a muscle-hugging shirt, and you’ve got macho.” – Disco Dressing, Leonard McGill
’70s disco dudes built on the Peacock Revolution of the 1960s, strutting the dance floor in all the trappings of the neo-dandy. Long hair, ruffled shirts, and gold jewelry were cultural mainstays. Jumpsuits and platform boots were popular with both sexes. Even hot pants were a perennial favorite.
Even more traditional silhouettes were touched by the new extravagance. Casual separates and three-piece leisure suits remained popular, but appeared now in bold prints and body-hugging cuts borrowed from 1960s psychedelia. White suits were offset by plunging necklines and wide lapels. Bell-bottom jeans by Vanderbilt and Fiorucci offered a more sedate variant, though shirts were still worn unbuttoned.
Also known as “angel flights” and “loon [balloon] pants,” bell-bottoms worked for every look, from the casual to the upper echelons. “[I wore] white bell-bottoms [with] a satin pattern[ed] shirt,” says former disco dancer Mark K. Another dancer, Paul B., wore his “loon pants” with nine-inch platforms and “a cool belt buckle.”
As mass-production gained steam, artificial fibers became increasingly popular. Silk nylons by Qiana, introduced in 1968, became shirts and ties. Spandex, polyester, and jersey blends shone under discotheque light, while double-knits allowed a dizzying variety of colors and patterns. Not even shoes were exempt.
Hippie influence brought a touch of southwestern chic to men’s footwear. Men seeking a more solid boot eschewed vinyl platforms for the leather cowboy style. Clogs, originally from Scandinavia, lent some earthy charm. But the biggest surprise in 1970s shoes? Athletics! As dress codes grew increasingly casual, gym shoes were appropriate for public wear for the first time. Brightly colored Vans skateboard shoes, invented in 1966, fit the bill nicely.
70s Disco Outfits for Guys
Men can wear a disco outfit that spans from ’70s casual to flashy clubwear. Most disco dancing dudes will choose bell-bottom pants, a disco shirt, and big belt. Simple, yet very retro. Here are some more ideas:
- 70s Stud: Loose, buttoned down shirts paired with corduroy flare pants, rhinestone belt, cowboy boots (Fur coat optional).
- Disco Fever: Flashy metallic or paisley open neck “Disco” shirt, white flare jeans, white platform shoes, gold chain necklace.
- Studio 54: A snug open top shirt, bell bottom jeans, wide leather belt, platform shoes.
- Almost 80s: A scoop neck tank top, tight metallic jeans, half boots.
- Stayin’ Alive: Spandex muscle shirt, straight leg chinos, red belt, white boots.
- Retro Groove: Sheer Hawaiian shirt, vintage pleated pants, loafers.
- 1970s Casual: Knitted sports shirt, indigo denim jeans, brown belt, retro sneakers.
- Soul Singer: 70s leisure suit, bold shirt, white dress shoes.
60s-70s Disco costumes – Cheap party costumes to buy online or inspire your own outfit.
Shop Men’s 70s Style Clothing
1970s Men’s Pants – Trousers, slacks, bells, jeans
1970’s Men’s Shirts – Disco, button down, knitwear, dashikis, T-shirts
Suits, Sportscoats, Tuxedos – Loud prints and bold colors
1960s-1970s Men’s Shoes – Platforms, casuals, sneakers, dressy
More 70s Fashion History
More 70’s men’s fashion history coming soon. In the meantime, here are some 1970s clothes to admire: