10 Halloween Costumes Inspired By '70s Pop Culture

When you think of the 1970s, the first thing that comes to mind is probably flared trousers. Velvet, lurex, latex, and more — the '70s was all about excess and experimentation. Bell bottoms, mile-long sleeves, large hair, and alarmingly large platforms were just some of the many outfit staples spotted in popular culture. It didn't matter if you were a rock star or a receptionist, as '70s styles adapted to suit each lifestyle. 

On the whole, the 1970s were bold, bright, and occasionally outrageous. The decade spawned stars such as Elton John, Debbie Harry, and ABBA and their incredible wardrobes. From sequined halter tops to swishy trousers, the looks of the '70s make for an excellent Halloween costume. The '70s was also a time of contradiction. It combined serious topics like political activism with disco hits, rock 'n' roll with delicate folk ballads, all of which spawned a new era for style, per CNN.

Its fashion reach was in fact so vast that you might be surprised at just how many of the pieces below you've been able to spot in stores recently due to the '70s revival trend.

This look is still a favorite today amongst boho fans

First up is a more casual and wearable version of '70s fashion. As outlined by The Vou, maxi dresses with boho influence and a flower-power inspired pattern were everywhere in the '70s. To achieve the look, any floaty maxi dress with a ditsy floral pattern and lace embellishment is perfect to pair with clogs or knee high boots. Long or short sleeves are both acceptable, though loose long sleeves are better to achieve the dreamy, floaty look of the era. 

This Swedish supergroup were everywhere in the 1970s

It wouldn't be the 1970s without ABBA. Whether they were rocking sequined jumpsuits on stage or waistcoats day to day, the Swedish four-piece knew how to get attention, per Vogue. However, for a memorable Halloween look, you can't go wrong with flared bottoms and a bell-sleeve top or a sparkly jumpsuit in a bright color. Pair with giant platform shoes or knee-high boots. Just make sure to bring a microphone if you're planning to serenade your fellow partygoers with a drunken rendition of "Voulez-Vouz."

Start perfecting your Farrah Fawcett flip now to be Halloween-ready

Another 1970s icon whose style is perfect for a Halloween costume is Farrah Fawcett. According to Glamour, the '70s starlet became an icon due to her enviably voluminous hair. For an achievable yet recognizably Farrah look, opt for flared denim jeans and a button-down shirt. If your hair isn't naturally blonde, you might want to invest in a blonde wig, as it was a big part of the appeal. Either way, you'll need to spend some quality time figuring out just how to achieve the coveted "Fawcett flip."

Get leggy with a jumpsuit designed to highlight your curves

Of course, when discussing '70s Halloween costumes, we cannot forget the jumpsuit. Harper's Bazaar states that the item was a staple throughout the decade, with most styles featuring flared legs and a collar. You can go campy and opt for a shiny or lurex-style jumpsuit, or tone it down by going for a more laidback silhouette. An orange or burgundy jumpsuit paired with sky-high platforms is always a winning look and will show off your figure to perfection.

Cher has tried out every trend in the book

The queen of experimentation, Cher, was never afraid to try out various 1970s looks, whether that was a daring crisscross top or a figure-hugging dress, via Marie Claire. To go for a true Cher look, copy model Emily Ratajkowski, via The Outlet, with a DIY a bedazzled top that barely skims your chest as well as a low-rise equally dazzling skirt. Cher's glossy long black hair was also a key element of all her looks, so let your hair flow free or purchase the appropriate wig.

It's all about the boots

As Nancy Sinatra once said, "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," and indeed they were. Sinatra championed the 1960s knee-high boot, and it entered the 1970s with ease. The Vou reports that the most wanted styles in the '70s included rounded-toe boots for everyday looks and shinier go-go boots for a more elaborate look. Throw on a flared sleeve minidress, and you'll have yourself an easy yet decidedly '70s Halloween costume without much effort. You could also pair your boots with a jumpsuit to combine '70s styles.

The King of rock 'n' roll reclaimed his throne in the 1970s

In terms of singers, there was one man experiencing a major revival in the 1970s, and that was Elvis Presley. Elvis' most iconic costume is probably the one you've spotted on impersonators around the world — his white jumpsuit, via Good Housekeeping. Though you'll have to buy the jumpsuit, you can create an Elvis-style hairstyle pretty easily, and his thick sunglasses won't be difficult to find either. Plus, everyone will understand your costume at first glance, whether you're attending a '70s-themed party or not.

Take inspiration from a popular film like Grease

Since its release in 1978, "Grease" has become a goldmine for Halloween costume inspiration. Whether you're looking for a couples costume (Sandy and Danny, obvs) or want to feel sexy, the cult classic is a treasure trove of outfits, via Woman's Day. Although "Grease" is set in the 1950s, Sandy's all-black look at the end of the film is reminiscent of several '70s looks, including shiny trousers and clog heels. All you really need is a curly blonde wig, red lipstick, and a skintight black top/trousers combo.

Make like Elton John and embrace all the sparkle

Another performer who defined the decade, Elton John was (and still is) known for his flamboyant outfits and vibrant personality. This Halloween, recreate one of his most copied styles — his 1975 Dodgers Stadium look. The look consisted of a sparkly Dodgers jumpsuit and some typically oversized glasses with a matching glittery baseball cap, via Refinery29. The look is so iconic that Harry Styles recreated the look for himself in 2018, via Vogue. If it's good enough for Harry, it's more than good enough for us.

Singer Debbie Harry was a firm 1970s style icon

Last but certainly least, channel your inner punk rocker by taking inspiration from Debbie Harry. The frontwoman of "Blondie," she is known as much for her style as for her distinctive raspy voice on hits like "Call Me" and "Rapture." As seen in W Magazine, Harry frequented slogan t-shirts paired with patterned trousers or jeans. Her style was quite varied, so the key to people knowing who you're dressing up as lies in the details — platinum blonde hair and dark sunglasses.