PSA: Party-Season Dressing Takes Its Inspiration From Studio 54

It's easy to get sucked into a Pinterest search black hole when you're looking for vintage style inspiration. We're talking about images of the most authentic looks that capture the very essence of what an era stood for. Today we're thinking about the era of Studio 54. The glory days of New York City’s most infamous nightclub through the '70s and '80s, known for its wild nights with celebrities like Cher, Bianca Jagger and Diana Ross in attendance who pushed the boundaries of disco trends. Images from that era are giving us retro-inspired styling ideas for 2020. And as party season is rolling around fast, it's time to put last year's little black dress and heels to rest and opt for something a little more exciting

We chatted with the head of design at Topshop, Mo Riach, and discussed all things party-inspired from the authentic golden days of Studio 54: sequins, glitter, satin, shoulder pads, metallics, and only the most lavish head-to-toe outfits. 

Keep scrolling to learn how to incorporate these party trends into your wardrobe, and shop our favorite picks (aka everything on our wish list this season).

Maximalism 

"There is a strong '70s influence this season, and my advice is to go full throttle and embrace a maximalist look. Channel a disco-inspired vibe that wouldn’t feel out of place at Studio 54 by layering a mash-up of diamanté, satin, feather, and chain-mail textures across jumpsuits, sequin flared trousers, velvet tuxedos, lamé blouses, and statement accessories." — Mo Riach

Studio 54 Party Inspiration

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WHO: Cher

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WHO: Farrah Fawcett and Lee Majors

Sheer and Sleek

"In contrast to maximalism, going-out camis and mesh tees nod to the '90s and feel very street style. Wear something you feel comfortable in. If minidresses and thigh-high boots push you a little too far out of your comfort zone, add a longline, tailored blazer to your look." — Riach 

Studio 54 Party Inspiration

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WHO: Jerry Hall

Studio 54 Party Inspiration

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WHO: Bianca Jagger

Studio 54 Party Inspiration

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WHO: Cher

Power Dressing 

"Sharp shoulders, bustiers, and draping are reminiscent of power dressing from the '80s—another major trend for party season. You can't go wrong with a little black party dress. It's an investment piece that will see you throughout the year." — Riach

Studio 54 Party Inspiration

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WHO: Grace Jones

Studio 54 Party Inspiration

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WHO: Michael Jackson and Diana Ross

Studio 54 Party Inspiration

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WHO: Jerry Hall 

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Aleksija Vujicic. Looking for shoes to match your holiday outfit? These are sure to bring you endless compliments.

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