This outfit was 1970s inspired from tip to toe. If you want to be a fabulous, 1970s superstar like me, you need only three key elements, and the ability to play with a few extras and, presto: superstar!
|Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton|
You're right! A 70s funky outfit staple is pants tucked into brown, beige, or caramel high boots.
The pants-in-boots look was cool on men ...
|Pants: Reitman's; Boots: Ecco; Shirt: boutique; Coat-cape: London Fog; Triangle ring and earrings: Birks; Necklace: a gift; Rafael ring, Sarah Coventry ring, sunglasses, brooch, and purse: vintage|
God invented corduroy for the 1970s.
Everyone knows that.
Every sharp dressed man ...
... or at least to boot-top.
Three out of four Swedes did it. Is that not proof enough?
Now that you have mastered the first two elements of dressing like a 70s superstar, you are ready to tackle the third: the artful combination of orange and brown.
Women wore it.
Unutterably cool men wore it.
|The cast of Welcome Back Kotter, with a very young John Travolta, second from left|
Walls and chairs and carpets and all manor of furniture wore it.
Even placemats wore it!
It was just that cool. Mix in a little mustard yellow or tomato red and: tres groovy!
|The Jackson Five|
Now that you know all three essential elements to dressing like a 70s superstar, let's get down to some of the extras, like accessories. Be sure to extend your browns and oranges into your jewelry choices, as I have done here with my rings ...
... and my necklace, an orange garnet pendant.
Remember that bronze, the metallic cousin of orange, is a great addition to any 70s outfit.
Shine for the world, gorgeous!
And let it shine right back at you!
|Cher, Elton John, and Diana Ross.|
Shine and glitter and sparkle ...
Even on your eyes, here with a little bronze and gold ...
Just like Cher in a barely there, Bob Mackie masterpiece.
Hoopy earrings are good too, especially in textured gold.
Though shiny gold is great too.
Basically, big gold hoops in general are just all round good.
Next step: let your hair down, both literally and metaphorically.
Really really let it down, man!
|Outside Studio 54|
Now tuck those pants into your boots and head down to Studio 54. Don't worry: if you've followed my instructions, you'll get in ...
|Studio 54 by Tod Papageorge|
... to the land of the gilded glitterati, where disco reigns supreme.
|Studio 54 by Tod Papageorge|
You will see things you've never seen before. Heck, you might even do things you've never done before.
|Photo by Todd Papageorge|
And, if you party as people tend to do there ...
|Studio 54 photo by Tod Papageorge|
... hard and with the assistance of copious amounts of coke and poppers, among other things ...
If you do all that, you may feel just a tad under the weather the next day ...
... and in need of sunglasses. No problem!
You've got that covered too ...
|Cher and Elton John|
... like all the superstars ...
... brightly shining ...
|Jo and Blair from Facts of Life. Note Blair's corduroy blazer. Why didn't these two ever just kiss and make out... I mean make up?|
... or dimly glowing.
You're already a superstar, but, if you'd like to shine even more brightly, you can add some folk elements to your outfit. Try a little embroidery.
You just can't go wrong.
Pile on the rings.
... like Cher!
Or perhaps your chosen folk element can be a really great cape ...
... or even a cape coat ...
... that does odd, unexpected things ...
... in chocolate brown.
Go forth now, you sly superstar, you! Your path to 1970s decadence lies before you all shining and golden.
You are good to go!
The world will meet you, brown for brown and orange for orange.
And remember, you have not created just one outfit. Oh no, not you. Now that you know the basics, try mixing and matching all the elements and extras for a dramatic, disco-licious groove.
Have fun. Play.
What could possibly ...
... go wrong?
|The Brady Bunch|
Absolutely nothing, that's what!
After all, you're a superstar!
Just like me.