My Vintage Style-1970s Knit Pant Suit Gets an Updated Look


1970s Red Metallic Print Knit Pantsuit

Usually when I encounter double knit pant suits from the late 60s and early 70s they look like this. Thrift shops are teeming with them where I live in Florida.

70s polyester pant suits

Just say no to knit pantsuits like these!

Because that particular frumpy look was so pervasive back then, it’s no wonder pantsuits got a bad rap.  But contrary to popular belief, there were actually more stylish ones made. They’re just harder to find because there weren’t as many produced.

Here are two nice examples of knit pant suits by Pierre Cardin from 1971.

Pierre Cardin 1970s Pant suits

When I happened upon the one below at the Brimfield Antique Flea Market this past summer the red and black Moroccan inspired pattern with hints of metallic gold caught my eye.

The suit included a pair of boot cut pants and a longer length slightly fitted “Nehru style” jacket with goldtone buttons with loop closures. Since the price was dirt cheap and I’m a sucker for interesting prints and details,  I started thinking of how I could make this work in my own wardrobe.

My husband, who was shopping with me, rolled his eyes and shook his head when he saw me eyeing it.   He obviously doesn’t have my fashion imagination.  So I had to remind him who it was that he begs to go shopping with him  when he needs something to wear for a special occasion, because he doesn’t know how to put an outfit together.  That quieted him right down!

Anyway, treating each piece as separates was the way to go to get more use out of it.

70s red metallic print pant suit


When shopping for vintage you can often find some serious bargains if you keep an open mind. 

It pays to think outside the box when shopping for vintage. Be on the lookout for interesting pieces out there that don’t command the price of more collectible vintage.  Pieces that you can imagine styling a different way. You’ll get a unique look and at a bargain price!

70s red Morrocan print knit jacket

1970s knit jacket

Jacket shown belted and unbelted,  paired with burgundy red leggings, black jersey tunic top, caramel leather boots, a 1960s tapestry purse , vintage floral silk scarf,  fall leaves brooch and black onyx and rhinestone filligree cuff bracelet.

70s red black morrocan print knit jacket

70s red metallic print knit pantsThen I paired the pants with a 90s black burn out velvet tunic blouse, black suede lace up ankle boots and a vintage triple strand bead necklace from the 60s.  Because of the thickness of the knit these would be nice and toasty warm to wear when it’s cold out.

1970s double knit pants

Threw on a beaded burnout velvet fringed shawl  to dress it up a little. I  was thinking it would make a festive look for an informal holiday cocktail party. But it would also look good with a duster or kimono worn over it.  And the jacket could be worn with a black pencil skirt. So I’m not done experimenting !

Have you ever almost passed something by until you started thinking of how to style it in a different way?

Till next time….



Jess/Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesday

Patti/Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday

Catherine/Not Dressed as Lamb/#IwillwearwhatIlike


By | 2017-11-20T12:10:48-04:00 November 14th, 2017|Fashion, My Vintage Style|9 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 23, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Thank you Rachel.

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    Rachel November 23, 2017 at 9:00 am

    I love your style! Great post and blog!

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 15, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Kirsten. Compliments much appreciated. And thanks for stopping by to visit and comment 🙂

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    Kirsten Wick November 15, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    How beautiful is this? I’m especially obsessed with your gorgeous jacket, you look gorgeous in it, such a beautiful colour too. Love, Kirsten

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I’m honored Suzanne that you like my outfit. And, yes, I think it would be quite interesting to see what would happen if we shopped together. I’d like to try it someday 🙂

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    Suzanne November 15, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Gah!!! I would have fought you over this one! Ha ha! It’s probably a good thing you and I don’t shop together.

    Your styling is fantastic and exactly what I would have done. The mixture of textures is delicious.

    One of my favourite posts of yours.


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    Patti Gibbons November 15, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Love what you did here, Theresa! Great creative styling and now you’ve got multiple new looks. Thanks for linking up, xo


  8. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks, Vix! I considered wearing them together. Just thought it looked at little too formal. Might try it for a special occasion though 🙂

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    Vix November 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    What a find! You look wonderful in both pieces although I’d wear them together like a shot! xxx

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