Abba wore some spectacular outfits in the 70’s (Alamy/PA)
02 September 2021

The most fabulous Abba outfits we’d still wear today…and some we probably wouldn’t

02 September 2021

Abba fans are poised for big news from their favourite band after a Twitter account appeared called Abba Voyage, with an ‘historic livestream’ promising to reveal all on YouTube (at 5.45pm, 2 September).

Rumours are now swirling about whether the Swedish foursome, Agnetha Faltskog,  Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – who are all now in their 70s – will be returning with new music, a tour, or something else entirely.

Formed in Stockholm in 1972, the group was phenomenally successful, scoring nine UK number ones before they split in 1982. The band reunited in 2016 and announced a ‘digital entertainment experience’ – featuring avatars of the four members from their 70s heyday – would launch as a world tour in 2019, but the project has since been delayed due to the pandemic.

If that’s what the Abba Voyage turns out to be, fans are in for a treat fashion-wise. The quartet rocked some fabulous outfits during that decade, both on and off stage. Here, we look back at the good, bad and the bonkers…

The boots

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Over-the-knee boots have made a major comeback in recent years. Fältskog looked so chic with trousers tucked into her heeled versions, and we love Andersson’s shearling pair too.

The capes

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Talk about making a style statement… Fältskog and Lyngstad wafted around on stage in a variety of glamorous capes, as seen (above) in 1977 and during their North American and European tour in 1979.

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The tunic dresses

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The Abba ladies rocked these incredible super-short satin tunic dresses emblazoned with big cat motifs on the cover of the 1976 Mamma Mia single, teaming them with matching white go-go boots.

The gowns

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Complete with feather-embellished headdresses, these beautiful 1920’s inspired gowns are quite demure by Abba standards.

The tailoring

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Seventies style is back in fashion at the moment and suddenly the band’s wide-collared jackets and flared trousers are looking very cool. Here they are posing with Princess Margaret (above) in 1978.

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The trousers

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On the other hand, we’re not ready for a revival of the weird satin and velvet trousers that three of the band wore for their iconic Eurovision performance in 1974, which they won with the song ‘Waterloo’.

The catsuits

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Nor are we in any hurry to don a skintight white catsuit, as seen on both the male and female members of the band throughout the seventies.

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