For those not comfortable in short thingies and look like a whale in bell-bottom pants, pick wide leg pants instead. Wide leg pants and trousers are more flattering on most body shape.
I like this white shirt & wide leg jeans combo.
If you'd rather wear long dresses, these are quite nice. The second belted one especially (not the print so much though) coz the belt adds a little bit of chic in a boring long dress + you can wear warm tights underneath on that cold night. You can team it with a short coat or a sweater, accessorize with a necklace (like the black one Nicole Richie is wearing in the pic below) and a head band or just a flower on your ear, and you're good to go.
Head bands were huge in the 70's, and now, for that matter. Nothing says 70's hippy look than these head bands...
Let's call a spade a spade, these don't look good on everybody. If you think these make you look too 'Roman' or something that people bow down to (I'm lmao right now), pick a simple hair band with beads instead.
DIY 70's hairband: Get a plain hairband (brown or black) and stick an off-white or yellow artificial flower on one end of the hairband (the part above the ear). Use those glue drops and tie with a thread if necessary. Maybe you can add a few beads above the flower using super glue.
Makeup & Hair
Blue eyeshadow was a hit in the 70's. A wash of blue eyeshadow with pink and green accents applied subtly will look pretty. Keep the rest of your face neutral- peachy nude lips and a peachy-pink blush. If your outfit color clashes too much with blue or you think you just won't be able to pull off blue, then pick a vibrant eyeshadow that matches or complements the outfit. Whatever! No rules here. False eyelashes will really add glamour to your look, but if you've never used them in your life, apply about 4 coats of volumizing mascara (layer the coats when the mascara is still wet to prevent clumping.)
Hair ~ Think Farrah Fawcett if you can pull it off & are going to a salon to get it done (take a picture with you). If you want a low maintenance style, opt for Zeenat Aman's straight hair with outward turned curls at the bottom or simple blow-dried straight hair.
That's just one-fourth of the ideas in my head, but it's crunch time and New Year's Eve is in 2 days, but I hope this post helps you out a little bit.
Basic things that make a 70's look:
- Head bands/ flower
- Chunky jewelry, feather earrings
- Knee-length boots, platform stilettos
- Bold prints
- Wide leg pants & bell-bottom pants
My intelligent school friend (who was born on the same day as me, in the same hospital & our mothers were school friends! I'm shocked I didn't get the same medical brains as hers considering... ;p) used to say: "It's better to be simple than foolishly fashionable"
So, keep it simple. Pick a focal point and work around that. Just have fun! How often do you get to dress up 'Retro' anyways, right? :)
♥ Cynthia Z ^.^