Readers share some of their favorite looks from the '70s.
Barbara Schuler: Sadly, our Style editor can't find a picture of the outfit she most remembers from the '70s--a white lace mini dress that "I loved dearly and which has been almost exactly replicated this season in several collections." Instead, she offers a picture of the often-worn outfit her kids still ridicule her for--blue/orange striped shorts and matching top, worn most often with bright turquoise tights, even on the brutally hottest summer day.
Joseph V. Amodio. "Ahh, the leisure suit," remembers fashion writer Joe Amodio. "Like any traumatic moment, the details of where or how I got this powder blue suit are hazy. All I remember is that it was sometime in the late '70s and--aww, man--I really liked it. I'd wear it proudly to Easter Mass, or elementary school band concerts. The shirt was 'Qiana' (a silklike nylon). I always yearned for a string of pookah beads, which were worn by celebs like John Travolta, to make the outfit complete. But wait--it gets worse. My next leisure suit had even bigger lapels (it's amazing I didn't take flight when struck by a gust of wind) and the color was--yes, it's true--mauve."
April, 2011--Peggy Silbert. lThis was her favorite outfit--she wore it on her first date with husband, Mark. "I used to buy ribbon in fabric stores for my headbands," she writes. "Most notable from a fashion point of view is that I am wearing my mother's old Pucci scarf around the waist (it was old even then / circa early 1960s, maybe).
Fashion writer Anne Bratskeir in the '70s...the head scarf, the chains, and SERIOUS eyeliner.
Nancy Larick Mohr, Port Washington. She says she wore this maxi dress in the early '70s.
April, 2011-- Peggy Silbert, Port Washington. She looked demure in this skirt--which, she notes, she crocheted herself.
April, 2011-- Seval LaRocca, Manhasset . Our model Seval LaRocca shared this photo from the '70s. Love the Farrah hair and that her white pants and colorful top aren't so different from one of the current outfits we found for her.
Jan and Maura Sherman, Plainview. Maura says they both thought they looked cute dressed alike.
Jan Sherman, of Plainview. Now a dentist, he wore this plaid jacket to a wedding in 1976. His wife, Maura, wonders how she let him buy the jacket. He claims to have no memory of buying it.
Dean Parker, Dix Hills. The photo, writes Parker, was taken in the fall, "77 in Valley Stream, when he and his girlfriend (now wife, XXXX) were going to the disco New York, New York. She had her Annie Hall garb on, and I was doing my Dickey Betts imitation (Allman Brothers) with the Panama hat. It was a great night at the disco " we were one of the few who were allowed in the club."