Readers, I am a product of the Seventies, by which I mean that, having been born in 1962, I spent my formative years in that decade. Some people think of the Seventies as a disturbing time with tacky clothes, but take it from someone who was there: it was a great time with tacky clothes.
I don't know what it was about Seventies clothing. All the synthetics like Qiana (there's no "u" in that word, I checked) and polyester? The super-tight fit? The wacky patterns and color combinations? Yes, yes, and yes. But because I was young then, I will always have a soft spot for it.
Of course, being a teen in the Seventies meant that I picked up most of my fashion cues from TV. For me, the decade splits neatly in two, style-wise. There were the early years of The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch (both cancelled around 1974, I believe) all bell-bottom pants and groovy-patterned shirts, and the later years of Family, Eight is Enough, and James at 16 -- more earth tones and casual beach-inspired looks.
|The very beige cast of "Eight Is Enough"|
Then there were the Seventies teen idols. They didn't dress that well, but they didn't have to: the Seventies were all about the hair. Here are some of my favorites:
David Cassidy. I
Lance Kerwin. Is he currently living in a trailer park -- or is that Erin Moran?
Kristy McNichol -- a girl, yes, but a very boy-like girl.
Kristy's TV boyfriend, Leif Garrett, whose hairstyle became famous when Farrah stole it.
I still love Seventies teen idol clothes, which let's face it, were primarily shorts and some sort of cotton/poly knit shirt. It's a look successfully revived by American Apparel and they're raking in the dough so there must be a lot of people who like it beside me.
As I mentioned in my last post, my next project is that Seventies classic, Ocean Pacific corduroy shorts. These were short-shorts, with two front patch pockets and an elastic waistband. You can find original ones for sale on Etsy.
Here's Ralph Macchio modeling his.
There are actually a few vintage patterns that recreate the look (more or less), one even branded Op.
I'm going to use the pockets off this early Sixties men's jumpsuit pattern, Butterick 5629. As you can see, the pocket shape is identical.
I'm making mine from lavender corduroy I picked up last week, the same day I bought the linen for Michael's recent shirt. It's from Nahir on 39th St.
Readers, were you ever a Seventies teen? Do you agree that Seventies teen style was basically tacky and cheap-looking but sexy too? Did you ever wear Op shorts?
Who was your favorite teen idol?
Have a great day, everybody!