Costume Ideas: The Disco Ball Edition


September 24, 2013



Here's the thing about fashion in the 1970s: it was all about personal expression. Brocade mini dress from Oscar de la Renta more your style than a gold, bell-bottom jumpsuit? Great. Rather sport a Farrah Fawcett feather than a fab afro? No problem. That's what we love about the '70s!

That's also what makes crafting a costume for this year's Grande Masquerade: Disco Ball a fashion challenge. But designers? We're gonna make it work. We've been pinning the heck out of disco hair, fashion, and makeup in hopes of helping all of us find the perfect-for-you disco look. A few of our favorites come from iconic 1970s looks, so keep reading for some serious costume inspiration. All the links below go back to our Disco Pinterest board, so click away!

As the groovy Brady fam knows, COLOR is always a great disco look! Bright colors, fun patterns, anything psychedelic-looking - all are fair game for a classic '70's look. Even menswear, like this vintage Lilly Pulitzer jacket, took advantage of fun colors and quirky patterns.

Donna, Farrah, Goldie, Olivia, and so many other disco queens showed us that HAIR was another way to define your look in the 1970s. Soft, full-bodied curls, flicks, afros, and feathered, face-framing layers were all disco trademarks. Not into the long and flowy look? Twiggy's pixie cut redefined short coifs, and classic cocktail updos from the 1960s still had their place alongside '70s-era formalwear.

Speaking of '70s-era formalwear, let's not forget to talk about JUMPSUITS. From the gorgeous Charlie's Angels to the classic LBJ (Little Black Jumpsuit), these fashion workhorses were a disco wardrobe staple. Think they've gone the way of platform saddle shoes? Think again! We love this modern jumpsuit look from Polyvore.

Okay, we know, jumpsuits just don't work for everyone. Take a cue from our favorite disco gal Donna Summer and find something that works for YOU. Donna rocked everything from leopard dresses in classic silhouettes to Egyptian pantsuits and barely-there sequin ensembles. (Sequins: another great disco look, along with metallics, a la gorgeous gold shoes, bronzey goddess dresses, and pants that shine.)

Gentlemen! We have not forgotten you. MENSWEAR was as diverse in the disco era as it is now, but with a whole lot more bell bottoms going on. We love the fitted-yet-flared look of these formal tuxes, while bold patterns, colors, and again, shiny pants, were also awesomely popular during the '70s. And really, let's not pretend like we're not inspired by this guy.

So, are you feeling better, disco divas? Stay tuned for another installment of our Costume Ideas blog post, and until then, stay groovy!