After two years of sweatpants, sleep dresses, and cottagecore, there is something tantalizing about slipping into a slinky jersey dress and donning a pair of metallic platforms and hitting the dance floor. The freedom, simplicity, and glitter of 70s disco-era looks has always held an allure for us as vintage collectors and sellers. Disco also represented sophistication, so the clothes people wore were about elegance and self expression, something that seems as fresh and relevant as it was the day Studio 54 first put out its velvet rope.
We’ve selected a disco edit of vintage looks from Aux Etoiles Vintage inspired by The Last Days of Disco (1998), Disco divas, and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack 8-track that played on repeat in Tracy’s parents’ car c. 1978.
No disco fashion post is complete without a playlist, so give this one a spin.
Mirror Ball Sparkles
Disco and sparkles go hand in hand. After all, you don’t want that mirrored ball getting all the attention. Knits woven with Lurex and silver platform heels bring the glam on and off the dance floor.
Dressed for the Dance Floor
Ruffles and butterfly capes float ethereally on the dance floor. Disco dresses can also be brought into the daytime for statement-making looks at brunch and even work events. Pair with a wrap sweater or blazer for a day-to-night look.
The Allure of Velour
We have never met a velour top we didn’t like. It’s why we went crazy for Suzi Kondi sets during the pandemic. Velour feels great, is easy to care for, and looks luxurious and casual at the same time. Honestly, as I write this, I am as convinced as ever that we should all be wearing more velour! We’ve featured a 70s look with some Y2K looks because the disco revival of the 90s/early 2000s did it right.
The More You Know
Disco, like so many of the greatest American aesthetics/styles/fashions/inventions, came from the queer community and people of color. We rounded up some articles about the rise of 1970s disco culture and the backlash that followed to give some context to the music and fashion.
- “All About Disco: Inside the History and Influence of Disco Music” MasterClass (2/24/22)
- “When a loudmouthed DJ tried to kill disco, the homophobic and racist implications were impossible to ignore” New Visions, Timeline.com (2/14/18)
- “The “disco sucks” movement and the cycle of white grievance that is still churning.” The Signorile Report (12/18/20)
- “The Disco Lifestyle” Social Dance, Stanford.edu