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This is what I love about the seventies - no one seemed too worried about being low key. It's not as if we were color blind, we knew we were blowing your mind with a palette straight from the bloody bowels of hell. Check out the guy in the image above. He's rockin' a lemon yellow shirt, black sweater vest, white belt and madras pants.... literally, a cavalcade of bad, and yet he is loving life. Whether you love it or hate it, you've got to admire the chutzpa.
Ah, yes. One of the defining fashions of the seventies was the knee-high striped sock. I remember feeling like quite the fashion plate when I could coordinate my sock stripes with my shirt or shorts. It's almost alien to look at now, it's so counter to today's fashion of "no show" socks. Coupled with ultra short shorts, striped tube socks were basically the uniform of kids in the seventies. I even remember the Life-Savers socks - the sock answer to the Mork rainbow suspenders. Hideously awesome.
posters on the wood paneling, this photo is from an American High School Yearbook. Get a load of the gal on the bottom left! Words fail me.
Say what you like, but no one in the seventies and early eighties could be accused of being "fashion constipated". All sorts of crazy shit was worn by average folks; whereas, now everyone looks sort of meh.... except for the late night denizens of Wal-Mart.
The Fashion Triangle
This is the concept of fashion shape between the 70s and 80s. In the 70s, you had wider clothes at the bottom of the body (i.e. flares) and the narrow clothes at the top. In the 1980s, the triangle reversed its self... skinny jeans and shoulder padding coupled with larger hair. Nowadays, the triangle can be worn in any direction and called 'trendy'.