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From Sack Coats to Trucker Hats: 100 Years of Men's Fashion


1970 to 1979

The height of disco fashion can be seen on the screen in "Saturday Night Fever."
The height of disco fashion can be seen on the screen in "Saturday Night Fever."
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If you've ever seen the movie "Saturday Night Fever," you have a pretty good idea of what men's fashion looked like in the 1970s, at least in regards to the disco movement. It may seem hard to believe now, but disco was more than music -- it was a lifestyle. Polyester pants, shirts and three-piece suits were all common, and the fabric really stood out on the dance floor. It was often combined with stretchy, clingy materials like spandex and Lycra for the most tightly fitting pants this side of Daisy Dukes.

The music wasn't the only loud thing in this era. Bright colors and patterns covered the wide lapels and wider pant legs, which were like bellbottoms-plus. Ladies and the rock group Kiss popularized platform shoes in this decade, but disco-bound guys also added a few inches to their height by way of footwear.

Punk rock was also a major player in the '70s. With the musical movement's studded leather jackets, torn clothes and patches galore, punk was a shocking and controversial countercultural movement that had a profound and lasting effect on both music and fashion.


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