Very tight fitting jumpers to show off all those intended and unintended curves! This in fact was a left over from the 1960s, but was prominent during the fantastic 1970s. These were really figure-hugging garments for the ladies.
There were so many versions of this, that now we probably all remember them differently. Some were sleeveless, others had long sleeves, some had polo necks, others had scooped or round necks. Some were made of wool, many were made of acrylic or other new man made fibres becoming increasingly more popular in the 70s.
The best way to remember this jumper is in the way it really would hug against the bosoms of the lady. It would not only hug hard, but also it would fit tight everywhere else it touched the body. There was no slack allowed with this look so it did not work if you had any excess fat that you would prefer to keep covered up. Skinny rib tops were often worn with A line skirts or jeans and looked good with both.
You really did see exactly what was on offer here. No worries about the guys trying to make out a shape through a nice flowing dress, this was as good as it got for the guys to judge the shape of the 1970s ladies.
Many of the ladies would wear them with a scarf; usually made of chiffon or similar. The fashion was to tie this quite tightly round the neck in a side knot or to leave a small triangle of scarf material in front of the neck to provide a splash of colour. However, the result was the same. It looked great. Of course, the girls would normally have a matching 1970s clutch bag to set the whole look off.