Vintage photos that show why the 1970s men’s fashion should never come back


Every decade has a reputation and leaves a legacy for generations to come. The 1950s were a quiet one with Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, classy cars and an economic boom. The 1960s had counter-cultural stuff with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and, apparently, a lot of drugs.

But the 1970s? There were still music, sex and drugs in that decade, but they came with ugly hair, bell bottoms, weird color combinations, big collars, weird fashion sense. None of this was good. Especially men's fashion, it was all ugly.

The men's fashion of the 1970s, shown through these vintage photos, is so ugly and destructive. Men's clothing made from shiny spandex, hip-hugging bell-bottom pants, unmanaged chest hair, shiny leisure suits, skimpy short shorts and questionable underwear choices.

This decade produced the shortest shorts, including some that looked like the guy forgot to wear a pair of pants. And one of the weirdest crazes of the 1970s was making clothes out of weird (and sometimes uncomfortable) fabrics. Who thought of wearing vinyl as a jumpsuit?

People were not shy about wearing bold and bold outfits. Most of them included flashy colors and patterns, a silhouette that was looser at the top and bottom, and interesting textures, such as satin, suede and corduroy.

The essentials for the decade included bell-bottom and wide-leg pants, platform shoes, vests, long-collared shirts, tight tees, turtleneck sweaters, and leisure suits among many others.

Color was another aspect of the fashion of this decade. Simple styles were also created to look bold with bright colors. Striking colors, which included yellow, orange, blue, pink, red, purple and green, were used in almost all fashion groups. By incorporating bright colors into their outfits, the gents were able to stand out and fit together.

After seeing these pictures, you will feel relieved that this trend is over. But there is a question begging for answers: "What were they thinking?". These are some frightening choices that not even the designers themselves can defend.

Fortunately, many trends during the 1970s became some of the most unflattering and disliked fashion trends of all time. While often modern designers have crafted the looks of the past to create today's fashion, it would be somewhat surprising to see current designers draw anything from these unattainable fashion trends from 1970s men.

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