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A timeline history of Shoes and Fashion

The 1970's:
WHEN GIRLS DRESSED LIKE BOYS AND BOYS DRESSED LIKE GIRLS & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN 


WHAT’S GOING ON?  Peace
Those were crazy tumultuous times, the seventies.  Growing disillusionment of the government, the Watergate scandal, the Viet Nam war, the gas shortages.  There was Kent State, advances in civil rights and the women’s lib movement.  There were mood rings, lava lamps, rubik’s cube, sea monkeys, the smiley face and pet rocks. It was the decade of anything goes. 

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GENERAL MEN & WOMEN’S FASHIONS: 
Apparently the Fashion Police were away on vacation for the entire decade of the seventies because everyone wore everything and there seemed to be no structure at all.  Women dressed like men, men dressed like women, short skirts, long skirts, high heels and flats. Everything was acceptable.  Everything was wearable and no one gave a damn. 
Hippies



<Left: Anything goes hippies.








Fashion was all over the place and highly influenced by current events, movies, television and music along with exotic cultures.  Loose flowing robes, Nehru jackets, Indian and African influences in that of caftans, kimonos, muumuus along with peasant styles of eyelets with lacing, ric rac braids and angel sleeves. Macramé bags and bikinis came from the Greek Isles, Crochet waistcoats, shawls and ponchos from Spain along with the gypsy tops with drawn up necklines trimmed with bells and puffed sleeves.

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WOMEN’S FASHION:
 
Women’s hemlines ranged from above the knee all the way down to the ankle for any type of wear. She could wear a bright micro mini one day and then an ankle hugging granny dress the next without a second thought.
granny dress



Right: Granny Dress>









Her hair was long and feathered back, done up all Farrah Fawcett style or short and all Dorothy Hamill.  She wore hot pants, halter tops, bell bottoms, hip huggers, super tight designer jeans (Nothing comes between me and my Calvins says a fifteen year old Brooke Shields); painters pants to wrap around skirts.  Hey what could be better than dressing any way you want whenever you want without a care to what anyone thought? 
farrah




<Farrah Fawcett Majors. Charlie's Angels. 1970s






She could be oh, so feminine like Charlie’s Angels and Wonder Woman or how about a complete turnaround and strive for that Annie Hall look with the men’s blazer, vest and oversized shirt. Anything goes, anything goes.    
annie hall




Right: Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in Annie Hall>







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WOMEN’S SHOES:
And when I say anything goes, anything goes with shoes as well.  High heels, flats, platforms, wedges, clogs and stilettos. 

1970's shoe



<Left: Platform sandal.








Toss in the “anti heeled” earth shoes where the heel was suddenly discovered to be ecologically healthier LOWER than the rest of the foot (with some rather ugly design consequences, I may add)  And boots. Did I mention the boots?  And strappy heels. And flats.  Loafers and oxfords.  She had them all covered.  

disco shoes



Right: Funky Disco Shoe>








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MEN’S FASHION:
Men wore bright colors such as rose, purple, orange and green, checkered and stripes, wide ties with big floral prints and unstructured jackets, and leisure suits. If it was loud and ugly, men wore it. 
starsky and hutch




<Left: Chunky hand knitted cardigans aka Starsky and Hutch. 







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MEN’S SHOES:
And speaking of cross dressing.  Yes, we mentioned it earlier with the whole Annie Hall thing.  This was also the age of Glam Rock and the disco scene. Men wore platform shoes.

disco shoes


Right: funky disco platform shoes.>








Seriously, they thought they looked good.  And we didn’t say otherwise. (thankfully this fashion was short lived. Because eeeewww. High heeled platform shoes?)  The super serious platform shoe wearers did them up with rhinestones and sequins aka David Bowie style.
ziggy stardust


<Left: David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust.








Boys borrowed girls’ boas, blouses, slinky shirts and makeup and it was hard to tell the girls from the boys. Hey, I’m going to say it again, anything goes, anything goes.


For more images of 1970's shoes, please visit my style gallery.

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