70’s Fancy Dress Costumes – 5 Alternatives to the Extremely Popular ABBA Fancy Dress

Since the release of the movie, Mama Mia, and as well as the continued success of the West End Musical of the same name, ABBA fancy dress costumes have been extremely popular at 70’s fancy dress parties, up and down the country.

Mama Mia was an excellent film and fully deserved all the plaudits it received, so it is totally understandable why ABBA fancy dress is currently the “in” theme. However, it is worth noting that there are many alternative 70’s fancy dress costumes out there and here we discuss five of the best.

70’s Rock Groups

It is true that ABBA were a great bastion of 70s music, but there were many other rock bands from that era that were not only great musicians, but also fashion icons. David Bowie, Elton John and T-Rex are obvious examples, but perhaps the best example of a 70s rock group from a costume point of view is Queen, and in particular Freddie Mercury. The flamboyant showman wore numerous outfits during his seventies reign and it is little wonder that Freddie Mercury fancy dress costumes are so popular.


Another type of 70’s fancy dress that is worn quite a lot is the so called Pimps fashion of the Harlem scene in the seventies. These players were notorious for the outrageous costumes they wore, which included dressing in brightly colored suits and strutting around with their most famous accessory, the pimp cane, which they carried to show their authority.


If ABBA Fancy Dress is the most popular amongst the ladies from the 1970s, then there is no doubting which is the costume that most men go for. Elvis Presley wore some superb outfits towards the end of his career and there are many authentic looking Elvis threads available so that you can go to the party dressed as the King.

The Movies

Iconic films from the era are also the inspiration behind many 70’s fancy dress costumes. Star Wars was a huge hit in that decade and with a number of interesting characters, it is easy to see why they feature at many Halloween parties today. Perhaps the most well known of all costumes from 70s movies is of course Superman and there are many budding Clark Kents out there who can’t wait to dress up in this outfit.


Of course, the 1970s was the decade that disco suddenly took off and brought about a whole new world of fashion. Hot pants, jumpsuits and psychedelic shirts are all great things to wear when you want to get down and be groovy on the dance floor and are a great alternative to ABBA fancy dress.