David Lee Roth on Rollerskates

Fly Wheels: Roller Skates and Disco Fashion

When roller skates were the hottest accessory

During the late '70s and early '80s, everyone who was anyone had their own personal set of wheels. And along with the roller skates came a wardrobe to match that featured lots of short shorts, tight spandex, and cropped tops. Read on to spy some of the fashion-forward folks who suited up in their grooviest roller-disco duds. (Above: Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth is out of this world in a bright red pant suit.)

RAINBOW BRIGHT Bettmann/Bettmann Archive RAINBOW BRIGHT A colorful skater shows off her new skate-shoe in New York in 1974. TANYA TUCKER Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images TANYA TUCKER How fashion conscious was the country singer? She matched her skates to her cockatoo. PRIM AND PROPER Allan Tannenbaum/Getty Images PRIM AND PROPER An elegantly-attired skater glides down an avenue in New York during the 1975 Gay Pride Parade. JAMIE LEE CURTIS Paul Harris/Getty Images JAMIE LEE CURTIS The young actress hits a roller skating party in Los Angeles in 1977. The next year she'd be running from Michael Myers in the hit horror movie "Halloween". EASY BEING GREEN Waring Abbott/Getty Images EASY BEING GREEN Making a statement with very little fabric in 1979. FUN IN THE SUN Waring Abbott/Getty Images FUN IN THE SUN Three skaters soak in the rays on Venice Beach in 1979. JUDAS PRIEST Michael Putland/Getty Images JUDAS PRIEST Heavy metal disco? The band on wheels in 1979. CHER Douglas Kirkland/Corbis via Getty Images CHER Why yes, that is Cher in a white swimsuit and tube socks doing a trick on roller skates at sunset. LIMBO! Bettmann/Bettmann Archive LIMBO! A Central Park skater shows off an advanced trick in 1979. DIRTY DANCING Bettmann/Bettmann Archive DIRTY DANCING This twosome are having the time of their lives in 1979. TIMES TWO Erling MANDELMANN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images TIMES TWO A pair shows off some synchronized moves in New York. ROLLER DANCE Waring Abbott/Getty Images ROLLER DANCE A New York couple is on point in 1979 with their kneepads, elbow pads, and plaid BALLOON PANTS New York Post Archives/The New York Post via Getty Images BALLOON PANTS A skater catches some big air in New York in 1981. NIGHT OUT Images Press/Getty Images NIGHT OUT A young Brooke Shields is ready to roll into bed in 1981. BEACH BABY Jan Butchofsky/Corbis via Getty Images BEACH BABY Venice Beach style checklist: bandana, biker shorts, bra top, neon socks MODEL BEHAVIOR Barry King/WireImage MODEL BEHAVIOR It's eight wheels and a six pack for Swedish model Marcus Schenkenberg in 1989.




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