The popular outfit that flattered every figure in the 70s

Fashion in the 70s had more flavour and personality, don’t you agree? It was one of the decades that set

Fashion in the 70s had more flavour and personality, don’t you agree?

It was one of the decades that set the tone on what women’s wear would look like decades on.

Of all the fabulous pieces that really took over the fashion scene, the A-line dress was probably one of the most worn style during the decade.

And that’s not surprising because the A-line is the holy grail for almost every body shape.

A-line skirts or dresses are fitted at your natural waist and gradually widen towards the hem to create a triangular shape that fans out slightly.

This flattering shape not only draws the eyes to the waist for pear and heart shapes, which de-emphasises the hips but also adds the appearance of curves for those with boyish or boxy body-types.

Here are some pictures of A-line dresses back then. Let’s start with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth

First Lady of fashion, Jacqueline Kennedy

Charlotte Rampling At Sorrento Festival In 1967

Solid and bold colours to add spice to the simple shape


A-line dress with button details and a large collar


A pinafore A-line with a belt to cinch the waist


A-line dresses with a variety of necklines including oversized collars, high-necks and turtlenecks


How did you style your A-line dress?

  1. Mary  

    Here you go again! SAS chooses to show only skinny models/examples, when there’s no excuse with the shift. Larger real women looked good in them too, but you didn’t bother showing any examples. Lazy journalism again.

  2. Joan Marshall  

    i bought a denim summer dress in shirt style with an A line skirt and every time I wear it I am complimented on the style. I am fortunate to have stayed in a size 14 dress size for the last 28 to 30 years at 71 I still look smart in an A line dress.

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