The Partridge Family was on from 1970 to 1974, that nether-region between the brilliant day-glo fashions of the sixties and the funked out disco styles of the late seventies. You might say that the clothing from this period is an "acquired taste". The Partridges provide an excellent glimpse into this wondrous period. Let's have a look...
All it would take is a slight updraft, and I think Keith could literally take flight with that gigantic aerodynamic collar. Also take note of his girl's attire: a tight fitting short sleeved sweater over a long sleeved button down shirt with mismatched tie. Nice.
Yep. The short sleeved sweater over the long sleeved button down collard shirt was definitely a "look" back then.
The stage uniforms were always the most flamboyant. Taking a page from the Motown playbook, the Partridges often pimped out in concert. Sure, they didn't hold a candle to The Jackson 5 or The Temptations, but they at least gave The Osmonds and The Cowsills a run for their money when it came to onstage flair.
This looks a little too much like Austin Powers for my taste.
Laurie wore some eye gougingly bad outfits throughout the course of the show. These pants, while fairly popular back in the day, aren't the most flattering garments ever worn by a girl.
According to Susan Dey, she had a crush on David Cassidy the entire run of the show. Perhaps this explains her stilted and wooden performance. Look, I don't mean to bash Laurie Partridge, but she wasn't exactly the most interesting and dynamic Partridge. She always seemed a tad nervous and self-aware.
Here, Susan has to sit close to David - do you detect a hint of discomfort? The awkwardness is palpable.
From the "Picnic Tablecloth" fashion line.
See-through sleeves and a gargantuan ruffled collar all in lemon... what's not to like?
Quite possibly the tightest sweater ever worn on network television.
I'm not even going to go into Danny's wardrobe. Basically Sears catalog attire at its worst. It would warrant a post unto itself, but I don't think I have the inner resolve required to tackle something so repellent.
On a side note, I should mention that my favorite thing about The Partridge Family is far and away the interaction between Reuben and Danny. Reuben can't stand kids, and Danny is beyond belligerent - seeing them play off of each other is actually pretty damn amusing. I didn't care much for Danny back when I watched the show in the seventies, but as an old geezer, I actually appreciate what he brought to the show the most.
I'm not sure how to react to this one - laughter or awe. It almost looks like a circus costume.
Shorts with tights/stockings is very unique look that I'm not sure has ever been in style before or after the early seventies.
Laurie's looks a little better. Yet, she could still pass for a circus performer.
Words fail me.
Danny and Shirley's hair styles wen't off the deep end in the fourth and final season.
Partridge Mom's matching polka dot scarf is nice, but I much prefer this next outfit...
How did she end up in such a getup? The Partridge clan was sprayed by a skunk, and so they had to grab what they could from the hotel they were stranded at.
I can't help but think there was a degree of gratuitous eye candy at work here. Of all the outfits Ms. Partridge had to end up in - a burlesque performer?
Speaking of gratuitous Shirley Partridge eye candy...
Shirley meets the parents of a boy she hooks up with in college (it's a long story). Norman Fell plays the sufficiently appalled dad. Of course, it all turns out to be a big misunderstanding.....Which should be old hat for Fell who starred in a TV show about nothing but misunderstandings (in Three's Company, of course).
Leprechaun fashions never looked so good.