21 “Essentials” for the Disco Diva’s Wardrobe

Wanna have fun tonight? These 20 fashion finds have disco era written all over them especially the coffee table book. So you can dance the night away.

Since the 70’s amazing developments have been made in music technology, drugs and telecommunications. Many people, specifically metal heads, hoped that disco would die a slow, painful death. But now dance music is cool again and the retro style is being revitalized with a modern take.

Disco is back and it brought clothes, shoes and select pieces of home décor. If you plan to “go disco” then here are 21 items that should be included in your wardrobe.

1. Crystal Clutch

disco clutch

The Judith Leiber Couture Disco Ball Minaudiere ($3,495) is fully beaded in fine crystals. Founded in 1963, there are Judith Leiber minaudiere’s are on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

2. Super High Platforms

disco platform sandals

The Giuseppe Zanotti Mirrored Silver Leather Clog ($795) has a mirrored silver patent leather upper with a chunky gold heel and a buckled ankle strap. But they come in multiple jaw dropping colors and styles.

3. Turtleneck Sweater

disco turtleneck

The Bella Freud Goldborne Disco Sweater ($413) is made from a delicate viscose knit with a turtleneck and bell sleeves. The golden stripes on a black background look like lights shimmering in the distance.

4. Gold Bikini

disco bikini

Every disco diva needs a bikini to get down on beach days. The Stella Mccartney Golden Crochet Bikini Set ($375) is woven in golden thread and has a tie side with Stella McCartney logo hardware.

5. Disco Ball Earrings

disco earrings

The Latelita London Studio 54 Earrings ($304) are named after the legendary discotheque and inspired by the high octane glamour of the era. The disco ball charms are made from zirconia and sterling silver.

6. Metallic Dress

disco dress

Nookie, a women’s fashion designer from Australia, teamed up with Revolve on the Disco Drape Dress ($205). The golden poly blend dress is fully lined with one shoulder and a high slit on the leg.

7. Platform Booties

disco booties

The towering Dolce Vita Liv Studded Platform Bootie ($199.95) has a five and a half inch heel and a one and a fourth inch platform. They are crafted from white leather and have mirrored studs on the back.

8. Bell Bottoms

disco bell bottoms

The Show Me Your Mumu Bam Bam Bells Pants ($168) have an elasticized waistband and silver thread all throughout. The model wears hers with a Metallica shirt in a serious a front to disco culture.

9. Roller Disco Skates

roller disco skates

Make a statement at the roller disco or on the boardwalk in a pair of Sure-Grip Stardust Glitter Roller Skates ($169). The unisex roller skates have a glitter vinyl upper and 62mm glitter wheels.

10. Open Toe Heels

disco heeled sandals

The strappy leather heel was a wardrobe staple during the 70’s. The Free People Disco Fever Heel ($128) is influenced by decades past. They have delicate leather ankle straps, and also come in Red or Black.

11. Halter Neck Jumpsuit

disco jumpsuit

The Topshop Crystal Halter Neck Jumpsuit ($125) has retro chic glamour, a plunging neckline and all over crystal detailing. Wear it with platform booties, a faux fur jacket and statement earrings.

12. Aviator Shades

disco aviators

No disco wardrobe is complete without a fly pair of aviators. The Wildfox Airfox Sunglasses ($99) are an oversized classic aviator frame. Each pair is handmade from Italian acetate and optical grade lenses.

13. Record Player

retro record player

Listen to vintage records from the 1970’s on the Crosley x UO Velvet Cruiser Record Player ($99) available exclusively from Urban Outfitters. You don’t see this particular shade of yellow a lot anymore.

14. Round Sunglasses

disco sunglasses

The Karen Walker Moon Disco Octagonal Sunglasses are on sale at Nordstrom Rack for $79.97. The funky, octagonal sunglasses have a futuristic yet retro vibe. They are shown here in Crazy Tort with Gold.

15. Star Earrings

disco star earrings

The Shashi Star Disco Ear Climber Earring ($69) gives the appearance of pavé-crystal stars climbing up the ear with a dangling chain. They are perfect for climbing social ladders to the disco stars.

16. Chainmail Halter Top

disco halter

The River Island Chainmail Halter Cowl Neck ($50) is available in Mermaid Green (shown above), Pink and Black. Note that it has a backless style and chain lobster clasp fastenings.

17. Coffee Table Book

disco book

Impress and amaze peers with your knowledge of disco record covers by owning Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records ($49.95). That is if they are total music nerds.

18. High Leg Bodysuit

disco bodysuit

During the 70’s and 80’s the high thigh was popular for swimsuits and lingerie. The ASOS Disco Body with Super 80s High Leg ($21.42) has the flattering cut in a light pink body con with a thong backside.

19. Disco Kandi

disco kandi

The Cheap Monday Disco Bracelet ($20.08) has plastic disco ball beads that are reminiscent of rave kandi. Cheap Monday also makes matching Disco Earrings ($13.39) and a Disco Ring ($13.39).

20. Cigarette Trousers

disco trousers

It was not all flared jeans during the disco days. Skin tight high waisted pants were also considered acceptable. The Ava High Waist Super Skinny 3/4 Disco Trousers are only $19 at Boohoo.

21. Metallic Socks

disco socks

Layer socks with platform heels or or heeled sandals for a fun, funky look. The 7 for All Mankind/Emilio Cavallini Metallic Ankle Sock in Black/Gold ($18) can be worn alone or even over fishnet tights.

Dancing queens and star men will love the metallic fabrics, glittery finishes and outlandish styles of the 1970’s in the year 2018. Sashay down to the club in one of these retro glam pieces.

If you like period fashions then read about Whiting & Davis handbags or the return of cult label Fiorucci.


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Elizabeth de Moya has contributed to DJ Mag, DJ TechTools, LA Weekly and Thump (Vice). She has a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley.