These images below are from a 1977
unbranded dressmaking pattern magazine are typical of mid seventies fashions
in trouser suits. Mostly the 1970s trouser suit was made in many weights
of textured or plain knit Crimplene (high bulk polyester), later Trevira (a
newer polyester, but looking more like suiting), courtelle jersey knit, wool
crepe, satin back crepe or linen Moygashel.
The dressmaking magazine highlighted real fashions of the 1970s and it is real
costume history as many women wore it. They are a great reference for
amateur dramatics costuming fashions for theatrical or costume set events of the 1970s.
The trouser suit pictures in this section of pages are typical of flared pants fashions of the early 70s as are the tunics, tabards, straight loose or flared
jackets and waistcoat effects.
1970s Pattern Fashion History
Trouser Suit Pictures
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Trouser suits came into their own in the 1970s.
Women were allowed to wear trousers in offices for the first time as
long as it was a formal two piece trouser suit. Jeans were not
considered office wear in most institutions. The 1970s trouser
four suits above would have been considered suitable for bank work
for example. The last one is designed on the same lines as the
safari suits if Yves St. Laurent.
These trousers and tops above would have been
considered as more casual wear. The short sleeve tunic in the
far left example would have been ideal for someone working for
example as a physiotherapist or lounging around. The striped
tank top is a longer version of many short similar styles of tank
top popular throughout the seventies. The green princess line
waistcoat might even have been worn out dancing. This
waistcoat style was very popular in 1975 with both trousers and
skirts. The purple tabard version on the far right is quite mumsy.
Curved shirts were also teamed with trousers too.
Note how boot cut flared the trousers are by this period.
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