(Bell bottom pants and a women’s pantsuit, via Miss Chloe Young) Maxi dresses were all the rage and could be seen ranging from slim-fitting to wide and flowy.
Dress styles ranged from lacy and ruffled peasant looks to form-fitting sleek silhouettes.
Loose fitting kaftans and muumuus were also very popular.
(A selection of 70s maxi dresses, via Sammy D Vintage) Some fashionable sleeve shapes for women’s wear were bell, angel, puffed, bishop, flutter, and leg-o-mutton.
On the flip side, there was the disco movement, which was all about tight fitting, shiny and sparkly clothing.
(Donna Summer in a variety of amazing disco outfits, via What the Frock?
(An example of what machine serged edges look like, via Dixie DIY) As with the 60s, synthetic fabrics were all the rage during the 70s.
Oversized collars in general were all the rage in the 70s.
And of course, polyester fabric in general was widely used, and the use of lycra became commonplace (especially in the disco-inspired fashions of the day.) Tie dying fabric and clothing was another 70s phenomenon.
This was a method that people could do at home to customize their own garments, which helped greatly with its popularity.
(A variety of women’s collars, via Sewing Happy Place) Hemlines for skirts and dresses ranged in length from mini to maxi during the 1970s; a concept that had never been seen before.
Until then, each decade tended to have one uniform fashionable hemline length.