170 hip vintage 1970s dresses, skirts, pantsuits & other fab retro fashion for women

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Vintage 1970s dresses, skirts, pantsuits

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This set of pages from the old JC Penney catalog shows off more than just vintage 1970s dresses– it also includes retro jackets, sweaters, pants and pantsuits (and even a few wedding dresses).

Fun fact: Several of the ads feature young model/actresses Erin Gray (Buck Rogers/Silver Spoons), Shelly Hack (Charlie’s Angels), and Kim Basinger (9-1/2 Weeks).

Vintage clothing: Basic fashions for women from the spring of ’73

Article from The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina) April 1, 1973

If the mixture of checks and stripes and prints and plaids has been driving you dotty, stop worrying. Fashion’s on solid ground for spring. The look is even more basic than last season.

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973

As a natural extension of the classic look in vogue right now, plan to stick to the well-cut casual clothes that fit your lifestyle.

Cuffed pants, sweater sets and shirtdresses could be all you need, but this time around, try them in a solid color.

Skirt lengths hover at the knee or above for day, unless you have really super legs — then show them off with a really short skirt and color-coordinated pantyhose.

Hip vintage '70s dresses & skirts from the spring & summer of 1973

Ankle-length skirts continue to be good for everything. Try one in pastel pleated crepe with matching shirt for the most glamorous occasions. In the right color for your own coloring, this look is simply unbeatable.

– Vintage dresses & womenswear article from the Longview News-Journal (Longview, Texas) – March 18, 1973

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973

Hip vintage '70s dresses & skirts from the spring & summer of 1973

Frilly and dressy dresses from 1973 - Page includes Kim Basinger


Classic: Retro minidresses with wide collars and floral patterns

Dresses have ribbon-threaded lace trim

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Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973


Three dressy minidresses with a 1970s fashion flair

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Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973

Retro minidresses with wide collars and floral patterns - ribbon-threaded lace trim


Hip vintage ’70s dresses & skirts from the spring & summer of 1973

Hip vintage '70s dresses & skirts from the spring & summer of 1973


Plaid and dot print, multicolor trims on a princess-style A-line dress

Also an eye-catching patterned trim with a round neckline on a red dress

Plaid and dot print, multicolor trims on a princess-style A-line dress and an eye-catching patterned trim with a round neckline on a red dress


Voile dresses in sheer, cool, summery styles

Purple with pleats, poppy print, check pattern and denim blue dress

Voile dresses in sheer, cool, summery styles - purple with pleats, poppy print, check pattern and denim blue dress


Stylish jacket for a 2-piece suit

Also a coatdress with red and navy print, plus a polka-dot print jacket and skirt

Stylish jacket for a 2-piece suit, coatdress with red and navy print, plus a polka-dot print jacket and skirt


Polyester shirtdresses and more outfits for women

Also a floral A-line print dress with cowl collar, and matching tunic and pants set

Polyester shirtdresses, floral A-line print dress with cowl collar, and matching tunic and pants set


Classic, fitted dresses with buttons

Plus an A-line dress with button-and-tab trim at waist

Classic, fitted dresses with buttons, plus an A-line dress with button-and-tab trim at waist


Floral ribbon-band trim on feminine A-line dress in pink

Also a smock-style top and flared pants and seersucker shirt-dress

Floral ribbon-band trim on feminine A-line dress in pink, smock-style top and flared pants and seersucker shirt-dress


A-line dress from the seventies – real vintage fashion

Also see a flowing ankle-length maxi dress, navy and white jacket dress

A-line dress, flowing ankle-length maxi dress, navy and white jacket dress


Plaid jacket dresses

Also see retro solid-color pants set with contrast piping, easy-fitting coat dress in seersucker

Plaid jacket dresses, solid-color pants set with contrast piping, easy-fitting coat dress in seersucker


Button-front jacket with plaid skirt

Also featured: A versatile A-line dress, and a pantsuit with chic tie belt

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Button-front jacket with plaid skirt, versatile A-line dress and pantsuit with chic tie belt


Vintage 1970s dresses: Retro culotte style with flap-skirt front

Also a cute jumper look one-piece dress with buckle belt

Retro culotte dress with flap-skirt front, jumper look one-piece dress with buckle belt


Easy-care machine-washable broadcloth dresses – woven plaid, and floral prints

Easy-care machine-washable broadcloth dresses - woven plaid, and floral prints


Vintage 1970s shift dresses

Zig-zag prints, daisy print and checked pattern on these retro-style shift dresses

Zig-zag prints, daisy print and checked pattern on vintage shift dresses


Vintage 1970s coats and jackets

Jackets with vinyl collars, Edwardian-style collar on polyester-cotton vintage coat and flared tent silhouette coat

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Jackets with vinyl collars, Edwardian-style collar on polyester-cotton vintage coat and flared tent silhouette coat


Vintage coats for women & boots

Shown: A boot-top coat with tulip-shaped pockets – plus stretch boots

Actress Erin Gray is sporting an interesting bowl-style haircut on the left here.

Vintage coats for women - boot-top coat with tulip-shaped pockets - plus stretch boots


Vintage maternity dresses from the ’70s – Kim Basinger modeling

Vintage maternity dresses from the '70s - Kim Basinger modeling

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Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973


Spring-fresh floral vintage 1970s shirtwaist in polyester and cotton

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973


Retro black and white dresses and other womenswear

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973


Three cheers for the red, white and dark blue

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973


Positively feminine minidresses in the softest pastels

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Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973


Hip vintage ’70s skirts from the spring & summer of 1973

Hip vintage '70s dresses & skirts from the spring & summer of 1973


Modeling these fashions are (then-future) actresses Kim Basinger and Shelly Hack

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973


Hip vintage 1970s dresses from ’73

Hip vintage '70s dresses & skirts from the spring & summer of 1973


Smocks are fashion news… and these are especially charming!

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973


Colorful vintage 1970s long dresses

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973


Vintage ’70s wedding dresses – white with veil and lace

Vintage '70s wedding dresses - white with veil and lace

 

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973


Retro ’70s bridesmaid dresses

Sparkling touches add glamour to these full-length gowns

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Retro '70s bridesmaid dresses - sparkling touches add glamour to these full-length gowns

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973


Vintage seventies womens’ fashion

Peplum styled 2-piece suit, schiffli-embroidered bib on pants set, ankle-length dress plus ruffled and smocked dress”

Peplum styled 2-piece suit, schiffli-embroidered bib on pants set, ankle-length dress plus ruffled and smocked dress


Pantsuits, skirts and dresses from the 1970s

Polyester-cotton knit layered-look pantsuit, flip skirt set and empire-style long sleeve dotted dress

Polyester-cotton knit layered-look pantsuit, flip skirt set and empire-style long sleeve dotted dress

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Dreamy dresses of soft, light and airy textured polyester crepe, in solids and patterns

Dreamy dresses of soft, light and airy textured polyester crepe - in solids and patterns


Chic navy blue and white A-line dress

Also a Mandarin-collar coat, and a trimmed short-sleeve dress

Chic navy blue and white A-line dress and Mandarin-collar coat, plus trimmed short-sleeve dress


2 and 3-piece ensembles for women (1973)

Plaid jumper dress with blouse, print blouse with vest and skirt, and check vest with dress

2 and 3-piece ensembles - plaid jumper dress with blouse, print blouse with vest and skirt, and check vest with dress


Retro polyester knit dresses

Dresses include sleeveless with scarf and short-sleeve dress with a white collar

Retro polyester knit dresses - sleeveless with scarf and short-sleeve dress with white collar


Jersey print dresses

Also see womens’ button-up jacket and skirt set with wide white collars and smock shifts

Jersey print dresses - Button-up jacket and skirt set with wide white collars and smock shifts


Spring prints in jersey knit

Also see a polka dot bodysuit with skirt, A-line dress, and coatdress

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Spring prints in jersey knit - polka dot bodysuit with skirt, A-line dress and coatdress


Classic raincoats, colorful abstract scarf and lightweight vintage coats for women

Classic raincoats, colorful abstract scarf and lightweight vintage coats for women


Textured coats and sweaters for women – cardigans from the ’70s

Textured coats and sweaters for women - cardigans from the '70s


Vintage clothing & ’70s style advice: Choose your color

Pick a favorite and flattering shade as your color for Spring ’73. Around it, assemble a wardrobe of simple separates in variations of that tone.

Suppose, for example, that you always feel and look good when wearing blue. Put together several ensembles in different shades of blue — such as a denim blue skirt with a pale sky blue shirt, slate suede shoes and a navy patent bag.

Accessories, too, should stay within the same color family, although the perfectly-matched handbag and shoes do look a bit dated.

It’s easy to ace the advantages of solid color dressing, but there’s one aspect you should be cautioned about: Nothing shows on the wearer like a solid color. This spring, with few jazzy prints to distract the eye, it’s you yourself that will take the stage.

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Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973


For vintage ’70s dresses: Pretty clothes forecast for spring (1972)

Fashion article from The News (Paterson, New Jersey) November 15, 1972

Color your world pastel this spring with pinks and blues and yellows. No more drabs and no more dayglos, winter’s new baby colors look as though they’ll be staying on for spring.

Gentle, charming and completely feminine, Easter-egg shades will color warm-weather pants, tops, skirts, and dresses.

Hip vintage '70s dresses & skirts from the spring & summer of 1973

Pretty colors need pretty clothes, and designers are complying with collections of the prettiest styles seen in years.

New York’s Oscar de la Renta has done a whole line of feminine clothes in angoras, mohairs, jerseys, crepes, and organzas, nearly all tinted pastel for extra prettiness.

Pretty looks from Paris include Emanuel Ungaro’s classically styled slim dresses with soft neckline bows or shirred waists with drawstrings.

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973

Yves St. Laurent likes the pretty peasant wrapped in Matisse-inspired prints. His peasant blouses and dresses feature squared-off necklines and full, easy elbow-length sleeves.

A spring harvest of pears highlights the new collection by Italian designer Valentino. The pear print is splashed all over his shirt jackets, evening dresses, and skirts.

An alternative to the pretty-girl look is the casual sophistication of the Great Gatsby fashions.

French designer Kenzo Takada has a splendid collection of “Tennis anyone?” sweaters in white navy and burgundy or white with clay.

His “stretched-out” sweaters with border-striped sleeves are worn with flared or pleated skirts, high-waisted pleated pants and head-hugging knit caps.

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973

Vintage ’70s dresses & skirts: City styles swing

New York designers like to keep city girls in the swing of things with fashions that go from place to place in style.

Pauline Trigere remembers the traveling woman with her short, chic dinner dresses in luxurious silks and chiffons.

The versatile cardigan is making a comeback in both long and short lengths for casual and dress wear. Adele Simpson’s spring line features a variety of cardigan pant and skirt suits.

Chester Weinberg loves the blouson look, and features blouson tops on his shirts, halter dresses, and two-piece skirt ensembles.

Vintage dresses - Women's fashion from 1973

Lively color dominates Bonnie Cashin’s line of Japanese Noh coats, Toreador pants, sling pants, and blouson tweed suits, Laurel pink, Shannon green, daffodil and persimmon are the most popular hues in the collection.

All over the world, designers have forsaken the standard red-white-and-blue spring fashions for pretty classics in a rainbow of pastel colors.

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