Thursday, May 2, 2013

That's So 70s: Jumpsuits

Once again, dear readers, we boldly explore one of those odd little fashion mini-trends of the early to mid-70s: jumpsuits.  Now, mind you, when you heard the word "Jumpsuit" what do you think of?  Perhaps a military outfit like a flight suit?  Perhaps some kind of exercise gear?  Perhaps a lounge-around outfit while watching TV?  Well in this case, these were intended to be worn, well, like normal clothes?!?!  Let's check them out, shall we....

We'll start with a couple of fairly standard type jumpsuits.  In the photo above, the model on the right seems to be staring down on a diminutive Kathy (or perhaps the other model is a giant!)  Okay, okay enough about the odd posing positions of the models - back to the subject at hand.   Both jumpsuits featured here have that kind of athletic warm up suit feel, and both feature the rope belt.  Kind of standard stuff that you'd expect from the 70s.  But wait, there's more...

Pretty in Pink Part 1 (yea, there's a Part 2, no peeking!).  A jumpsuit in pink corduroy worn by Kathy! Wow, that's not something you see everyday!  I suppose this is an outfit that one is supposed to wear out on the town??  Still, it is fairly tame.  Now that we've had a mild introduction into the fashion of 70s jumpsuits, it is time to move into some of the more extreme examples of the form.


Ready to go on safari?  Kathy has just the outfit in a khaki jumpsuit complete with oversized pockets on the pants (perhaps that's where the machete goes?)!  Perfect for trips into the backcountry or just for going to the local supermarket, nothing says 70s style like this jumpsuit worn over a long sleeve shirt (check out the groovy socks as well).

But jumpsuits weren't only for outdoorsy activities.  On no, they could be formal wear as well.....


Kathy looks ready to dance the night away at the country club in that stylish jumpsuit on the left while Kay, well, while Kay, uuhhh.  I don't know what to say except that red and white outfit is really "crossing" me?!?!?  (Bad pun I know).

I have noticed that Kay often got to wear some of the more outlandish examples of 70s fashion such as....

Strolling by the pool?  Why not do it in a green jumpsuit complete with wildly oversized bell-bottoms?  Kay's outfit is one mean-green-machine that is sure to turn heads!  In fact, Colleen is looking at Kay with an expression that seems to say "You've got to be kidding me!"  The green jumpsuit is so eyecatching that you may not have noticed what the model on the left is wearing.  That's a pretty outrageous creation itself!

So Kay, how can you top that?  Oh, glad you asked.....

Pretty in Pink Part 2?  That's a whole lot of pink.  If you want to stand out in a crowd, that'll certainly do it!  Upon seeing that example of 70s jumpsuits, you'd be forced to say:  That's sooooo 70s!

One question just occurred to me.  Would one ever wear a bodysuit under a jumpsuit?  Now that could be the height of 70s fashion impracticality!

One final note.   I normally don't give hints about next week's post (thus to heighten the shock of various examples of 70s fashion).  However, this time I just can't resist.  Let's just say next week's subject is "Sizzling".


7 comments:

  1. Jumpsuits! The outfit that looked hideous on everyone! No discriminating there! Let's just say that Sears and Penny's were my mom's "go to" stores in the 60's and 70's and I actually owned......the safari jumpsuit... I know, I know...I wasn't smart enough to wear the red shirt under. Just my pale pasty skin.. enough said.

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    1. O.M.G. I am so so sorry for bringing back such horrible memories!!!! A thousand apologies! However, in my role as Historian Blogger I must carefully document all these 70s trends - I'm sure you'll understand! Rarely can I say that I have hit on such a raw nerve with a single pic as the safari jumpsuit! If it is any consolation, we were Sears and JCP also - I was dressed in (gasp) leisure suits!!!!

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  2. O.M.G. I am so so sorry for bringing back such horrible memories!!!! A thousand apologies! However, in my role as Historian Blogger I must carefully document all these 70s trends - I'm sure you'll understand! Rarely can I say that I have hit on such a raw nerve with a single pic as the safari jumpsuit! If it is any consolation, we were Sears and JCP also - I was dressed in (gasp) leisure suits!!!!

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  3. Kay always seems to be wearing the suits with the widest legs. Not even these gals can make these suits look good.

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    1. Yea, I've noticed that also. Of course, you have to remember that this time period is in that awkward, pre-disco era, so the wide pants will soon evolve into full fledge disco bell bottoms!

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  4. PLEASE write another blog about 70's jumpsuits, especially disco jumpsuits with cut-outs!! Love them. Aldens had some great ones, too, Thanks for a SUPER FUN blog!!! Robin

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    1. Weeeell, I was going to do a 70s Jumpsuit post next week, but it got re-scheduled. Sorry, you'll just have to wait. But, don't worry, not for long. I plan on another jumpsuit madness post very soon!

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