The 1970s were a time of major cultural and political shifts that still influence society today. As we move further into the 2020s, ’70s trends in fashion, music, and lifestyle are coming back in full force. So dig out your bellbottoms and get ready to take a groovy trip back in time!
Fashion Trends Making a Comeback
- Bellbottoms and flares: Wide-legged denim is back in style, evoking ’70s icons like the disco divas. Pair flares with crop tops or tunics for a modern take.
- Platform shoes: Give yourself a few extra inches in chunky platform shoes, perfect for boogie nights out. Shop for distressed leather or suede platforms for a vintage look.
- Prairie dresses: Flowy, romantic prairie dresses with ruffled or tiered skirts capture the freewheeling ’70s vibe. Go for muted floral prints or soft pastels.
- Crochet: Revisit granny chic with crocheted halter tops, mini skirts, dresses, and more. The handmade look taps into ’70s sensibilities.
- Suede everything: Buttery soft suede jackets, skirts, bags and shoes dominated ’70s styles. Opt for tan, brown, or colorful suede accents today.
- Wrap dresses: Flattering wrap dresses were a ’70s staple for the office or a date night. Belt the dress at the waist for an hourglass silhouette.
Groovy ’70s Music Making Waves Again
- Funk: Danceable funk with slinky bass lines and bold horns is back. Artists like Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Vulfpeck are putting their own spin on classic funk.
- Disco: The beat goes on with nu-disco tracks sampling vintage strings and four-on-the-floor rhythms. Check out Dua Lipa’s glitzy throwback bops.
- Soft rock: Mellow gold soft rock by bands like Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles is inspiring modern indie artists and remixes.
- Prog rock: Bombastic prog rock groups like Yes and Pink Floyd laid the groundwork for epic, experimental bands today.
- Soul: Retro-soul singers like Leon Bridges and Michael Kiwanuka channel old-school legends like Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding.
- Psychedelic: Trippy guitars and swirling psychedelic soundscapes from Tame Impala and MGMT echo ’60s psych-rock.
The ’70s Are Back. Can Ya Dig It?
Relive the far-out culture of the ’70s with its iconic trends reimagined today. Go full bohemian in flowy prints, blast feel-good funk, and immerse yourself in the trippy aesthetics of a memorable decade. We can learn a lot from the ’70s era of freedom of expression, soul-searching, and living joyfully in the moment. As the past often repeats itself, let’s cherish the progressive ideas of peace, love, and music that defined the ’70s. Can ya dig it?
Grooving Back to Vinyl Records
Vinyl record sales have been on the rise for over a decade now. The vintage sound quality and analog listening experience of vinyl provides a richness that streaming can’t replicate. Beyond sound, the aesthetic appeal of vinyl and album artwork make records décor pieces. Listening parties with friends are a fun retro way to spend an evening. Even major artists like Adele and Taylor Swift are releasing new albums on vinyl. The ’70s LP collection you dig out of storage may be cool again!
Far Out Home Décor
Bring back the funky flair of the ’70s with your home decor. Incorporate earthy tones like mustard yellow, burnt orange, and rust red. Display pottery like clay vases and ceramic mugs. Create a cozy corner with bellbottoms and tie-dye throw pillows, macramé wall hangings, and beaded curtains. Decorate with retro patterns like paisley prints and psychedelic swirls. Let your free spirit shine with art that celebrates nature and abstract shapes. Lay shag carpets and rattan rugs throughout your groovy pad.
Rad Recipes from the ’70s
Beyond bellbottoms and big hair, the ’70s gave us some gnarly recipes we still crave today. Give these retro recipes a spin in your kitchen:
- Fondue – For dipping bread, veggies, and more in melted cheese and chocolate!
- Watergate Salad – With pistachio pudding, whipped cream, pineapple, and marshmallows.
- Bananas Foster – Bananas cooked tableside in a buttery rum sauce, yum!
- “Ambrosia” Fruit Salad – A sweet mix of whipped cream, marshmallows, and fresh fruit.
- Cheese Balls – Rolled in nuts with crackers for dipping.
- Slow Cooker Pot Roast – Ultra tender meat and veg.
- Jell-o Cake – Light and fluffy with a jiggly Jell-o topping.
Get out your fondue pot, slow cookers, and gelatin molds for some bomb ’70s recipes. Just leave out the aspic, please!
Frequently Asked Questions About the ’70s Comeback
What were some major historical events in the 1970s?
Some major events include the Watergate scandal and Nixon’s resignation, the end of the Vietnam War, the energy crisis and gas shortages, the start of the Iranian revolution, and the beginning of the Soviet-Afghan war.
What fashion trends were popular in the 1970s?
Bellbottoms, platforms, prairie dresses, crochet, suede, bright prints, tie dye, peasant blouses, wrap dresses, and flared jumpsuits. Accessories included chokers, mood rings, headbands, and cat eye glasses.
What bands and musicians dominated the ’70s?
The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, the Bee Gees, ABBA, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and Queen were all hugely popular in the 1970s.
What were some quintessential ’70s movies and TV shows?
Star Wars, Jaws, The Godfather, Rocky, Grease, Taxi Driver, The Exorcist, All the President’s Men, Saturday Night Fever, MAS*H, Happy Days, Charlie’s Angels, and Sesame Street.
How did technology and culture shift in the 1970s?
Home video games like Pong became popular. VCRs allowed home video recording. The first cell phone call was made. Counterculture and social movements like women’s liberation, gay rights, and environmentalism grew. New Age spirituality, self-help, and individualism emerged.
Let the Good Times Roll Once More
As the 2020s unfold, the ’70s revival invites us to reflect on a pivotal cultural moment and adopt what still feels fresh today. While we can’t replicate the past, we can honor the spirit of unity and joy that the decade cultivated. So throw on those platforms shoes, spin that vinyl, and give peace a chance again. The ’70s are back – can ya dig it?