The 1970s Fashion Pictures
1974 Women's Skirts and Jackets
Mid 70s Fashion History
By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com
Images from 1970s Skirts and Jackets Pattern Fashion History
1974 Fashion History -
Women's Clothes Design Pictures 1974
This set of fashion history pages looks at
pictures of women's skirt and jacket designs of 1974 fashions. The women's fashion pictures
in the main chart all enlarge to A4 size when clicked.
This fashion image far right captures so much of the 1974
fashion era. The jacket
is short and bomber jacket style with a tab front waistband. The sleeves are
cuffed and the jacket is worn with an open neck shirt. The trousers are full
flared and were called flares. The whole look screams mid 1970s in general and the year 1974 in particular. Both emerald and bottle green were popular colours of
the 1970s along with rust, wine red, purple, orange and brown.
In the 1974 skirt image right you can see how complex the fashionable collar had
become and how boots were an essential way to wear an outfit. In
this fashion history image the boots have been teamed with what became a mass
fashion - a cut on the cross diagonal check A-line above the knee skirt probably
made up in Courtelle jersey knit fabric or Terylene.
The thumbnail pictures in this
main chart all enlarge to A4 size when clicked.
The first two images left above show use of a banded bomber jacket, a
short jacket style in fashion around 1973 -1977. The green
trouser suit has full flared trousers and the pink suit a flared
skirt with side pleats.
The white panel princess line dress with inverted
kick pleats and the tie jabot at the neck is also very
representative of an everyday work dress of the 1970s fashion era.
Other alternatives to this simple jabot were ruffle jabots or large
flat artist contrast fabric bows set between a flat white detachable
Peter Pan collar. White contrast cuffs were a common feature
of late sixties and early seventies clothes.
The fitted polo neck stand neckline sweater on the
far right was also a fashionable collar/neckline of the seventies.
The grey skirt has been set on a hip yoke and the yoke formed a
faced waistline which meant a sweater or skinny rib knit or silky
top sat neatly inside the skirt. Waistbands on skirts
had all but disappeared on many skirt styles when hipster skirts
had arrived in the sixties. Regular waistbands reappeared when
straight pencil skirts made a return around 1978/79 and a firmer
waistband was required.
The seventies flared trousers above both have turn-ups. Flares
were worn with or without turn up hems. Trousers were often worn with
tucked in skinny rib sweaters or lean darted shirts.
Lean fitted body hugging shirts are a mark of seventies style.
Fuller bloused shirts are much more
belt, safari or double breasted reefer style or denim jackets were
used as toppers. Variations of the safari jacket continued in
fashion long after it was first shown by Yves St. Laurent in 1968.
All the jackets
have over sized collars which were almost always top stitched about
1cm from the fabric outer edge. Often they were double top
stitched as the bulky synthetic fabrics used were often so bouncy it
was the only way to get a good flat finish. In fact top
stitching became to look very seventies on any garments in the
eighties when flusher smoother lines or invisible finishes were more
predominant on garment edge facings.
Flares were made from many fabrics including
the then fairly new fabric called Trevira a form of woven
polyester. Some trousers were made from fabrics like Crimplene
and others in more expensive ranges from materials such as wool
crepe or satin back crepe.
The pictures above reflect popular
everyday mid 1970s dress. The flared skirt uses diagonal cut plaid
or check fabric. This skirt style had mass popularity and was
probably worn shorter than shown here dependant on the age of the
The easy A-line dress with pleats, collar and tie
trim would have been very suitable under a velvet or denim blazer as
well as this easy coat which you may note has cuffs. Many
jackets and coats of the era had blousing in the sleeves and were
finished with cuffs.
In 1970s fashion history terms, in the four images above you can see
how the skirt throughout the 1970s is always slightly flared with
some A-line in evidence and never pencil straight. It was not
until 1979 that skirts universally became pencil straight again.
Skirts were quite full during 1974 and many were cut on a circle
pattern or from panels which gave added circular swing fullness.
Coats always had some trapeze line swing, even slim fitting coats
such as the yellow coat above had A-line flare and very few 1970s
coats were straight apart from reversible wool coats.
Other alternative skirt styles included box pleat skirts worn on or above
the knee. Attention on the collar was important through the 197os and
shaped collars and fur collars were the essence of the fashion era.
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