15 '70s Disco Fashion Trends We'll Be Wearing Forever

From flared denim to clogs.

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Fashion is cyclical—we all know that. We've noticed '70s trends coming back with a vengeance the last few seasons, but we didn't realize just how many are reincarnating. Those boots you've been eyeing from ByFar? '70s-inspired. That Insta-brand Mirror Palais you've fallen in love with? It's pulling pages from '70s disco fashion, too. Even flares, which may not be center stage right this moment, never really fade if you ask us. And when it comes to footwear, today's Mary Janes and clogs have the '70s to thank for their popularity, too. 

For a bit of a walk down memory lane, we scoured the Internet archives for the most relevant-feeling '70s fashions and made them shoppable too. While it does sound fun, there's no need to dig through your local vintage shop for the '70s trends you know and love because all your favorite online retailers are already on top of bringing the best must-haves back into circulation. So if you need some old-school inspiration for how to wear that sweater-vest or those over-the-knee boots, take a look ahead at how it was done a couple of decades ago—and shop all the trends you loved then, adapted for now.

Knit Sets

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Transition into spring with a cozy knit set—and if you're following this model's lead, a pair of knee-high boots. It's comfortable enough to feel like pajamas but put together enough to leave your house in. 

Statement Flares

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We're not talking just any flares. Go all the way with a kitschy print to nail that disco vibe. And you know what they say: The wider, the better.

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Plaid Everything

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You might think groovy peace signs and flowers stole the show in the '70s, but plaids and tartans showed up strong, too. This on-the-go look is the epitome of '70s-chic (and shockingly easy to replicate).

Pleated Mini Skirt

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The pleated mini is one '70s trend that never went out of style. With your favorite fitted knit, it's mod yet timeless in all the right ways.

Mary Janes

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The best way to get '70s style down pat? Start from the ground up. A pair of mary janes will do just the trick. With a chunky heel and a strap across the foot, there's a reason this comfortable style was a staple then and is a staple now.


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Look back at your relative's photos from the '70s, and you'll probably see some patchwork. These quilted styles put craftsmanship front and center—and look always ends up truly one-of-a-kind.

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Shirt Dress

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What's not to love about a shirt dress? It's got everything you love about a good, collared shirt, but all the flouncy fun of a midi dress. Belt it at the waist for maximum impact.

Longline Shorts

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Shorts not really your thing? A longer silhouette might be your new go-to. Pairing them with a high boot makes for a fun play on proportions. 

Crop Top Set

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Aside from this image being where we'd rather be right now, that front-and-center crop-top set is giving us life—flashback to '70s fabulousness with a modern take on the trend. 

Bra Top

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If matching sets aren't really your thing, try a cropped top with your favorite pair of high-waisted jeans. The halter styles are especially nostalgic. 

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From Hermes to Simon Miller, we're already seeing clogs come back with a vengeance. And as another walkable footwear option, what's not to love? Just slip them on and go. 

Sweater Vests

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The layering piece we can't get enough of? The sweater vest. Not only is it easy to throw over your favorite button-up shirt, but it's popping up left and right on Instagram. 


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We can't talk about the '70s without talking about tie-dye. If you're not feeling the DIY route, the options below do the work for you.

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Over-The-Knee Boots

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Dress up any outfit instantly with a pair of over-the-knee boots. They're the perfect complement to an A-line mini dress. 

Flared Denim

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The decade's absolute staple was a pair of flared denim—look at this girl-crew making a case for the trend. Is it time for them to make a full-fledged comeback? 

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