I may be showing my age here, but do you remember Saturday Night Fever and its sequel Staying Alive? Saturday Night Fever was a disco dance movie starring John Travolta who plays a young man who spends his weekends in a disco where he is king of the dance floor. The disco is his escape from a dead-end job, dysfunctional home life and friends and racial tensions in the community. Its sequel Staying Alive follows the story of Travolta’s character as he pursues his dream of a career in dancing. I suspect it was these two movies that made disco popular in the 1970’s and 80’s.
There was the disco mirror ball, a multifaceted ball covered in tiny mirrors that was hung over the dance floor and reflected light around the room; the sheer, flowing Halston dresses; the shiny polyester Qiana shirts with pointy collars; the matching polyester jacket and pants leisure suits; the fashion accessories such as necklaces and medallions. In other words, fashion trends that our kids would laugh at 20 years later. Embarrassing or not, I have seen some of the 1970’s fashion creeping back, so it couldn’t have been that bad. Check out more about grecian dresses in Melbourne
Though I didn’t go the whole hog with the disco fashion trends, there was a time when I went to the discos. I didn’t go there to meet guys as I already had a partner then. It was our way to unwind in the weekends and socialise with some friends. Of course, it helped that we liked music and dancing. But really, how much can you socialise in a noisy disco, right? Maybe just a few words shouted at each other, so that we could be heard above the pounding music. Perhaps most of the socializing was done afterwards when we left the disco in the early hours of the morning for a snack in some 24 hour café or restaurant.
I may not have worn the typical disco outfits, but I did have my trusted miniskirts, mini dresses, mid length dresses or knee length formal dresses to choose from. One thing I didn’t own was a figure-hugging bodycon dress like the ones ladies where to parties and nightclubs today, jumpsuits in Melbourne are another popular trend.
Though I was a size 8 then, I was too self-conscious to wear anything that showed every curve on my body. Too bad for me maybe because some of the bodycon dresses online today are not only affordable, but are flattering especially when paired with the right accessories.
These bodycon dresses come in different shades, prints and lengths and some even have cut-out designs to show some skin and make it look even sexier. I must admit that it takes some confidence and boldness to wear a bodycon dress, but why not flaunt the body in a tasteful outfit when you have the flattering shape, right? You are only young once.