Feb 042017
 

I defy anyone who remembers the seventies to remember them fondly *and* accurately after seeing these mens fashion abominations. I suspect that the combination of stresses – Viet Nam, massive cultural shifts, the constant threat of nuclear annihilation at the hands of the Soviets, hippies – drove the population temporarily insane.

Note: dates are in the filenames. Pics are after the break to protect sensitive eyes from these horrifying visions from the dim, dark past.

 

 Posted by at 9:10 pm
  • Do I have to?

    These are pretty awesome. For some reason, they remind me of a Renaissance Fair.

    • markus baur

      in a hundred years or so the scope of medieval reenactement like the SCA will have expanded up to 2000

      wasnt Honor Harrington an SCA member and learned to use chemically propelled handguns there?

      • CaptainNed

        ‘Twas her uncle, who taught her how to shoot from the hip.

  • brightlight

    My eyes! My eyes!! They burn!!

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  • CaptainNed

    Playboy, Penthouse, or both?

    • Scottlowther

      Just Playboy.

  • I lived it so you wouldn’t have to. Although to be honest, I don’t think i wore anything more leading-edge than the guy in the first pic. Jeans were still popular, although there was a definite cultural shift to more dressy clothes even in high school, at least in Connecticut where I grew up.

    But yeah, pleats, high waists, and bellbottoms, sometimes all at once. And not a natural fabric in sight. if you’re wondering where the “preppy” look came from, it was a reaction to . . . this.

  • Bruce

    I was born in 1962, so these were my growing up years. I hate to say it but I remember them fondly myself. The times were simpler and life seemed different. There was no internet, just

    arpanet which was not of course public at the time unless you were part of the government

    or a research facility or even there was access at some of the colleges and universities, although
    I wish they had it then,my life might have been different in some ways. Also too along with
    of course the space program and some of the movies of these years,We grew up with Schwinn
    bicycles made here in America not the junk some people claim now that they are made in China.
    Gas prices were lower and of course the cars seemed to get bigger too with bigger engines before all the oil hiking.A lot of other good memories too. And the bellbottoms were the John
    Travolta look from the movie “Saturday Night Fever”.

    • CaptainNed

      1964 here, and living in rural VT circa ’73-’79 meant lots of Levis and, for some reason that will never again become clear to me, corduroy. There were a couple of kids in middle/high school who dressed like this, but not many, ’cause they usually took a lot of grief over it. It was also the days of velour shirts for the guys and huge shawl-collar sweaters for the girls. And yes, my first 10-speed was a Schwinn Varsity. Those things were indestructible, seeing as they weighed some 40 pounds. By the time I graduated HS in 1981, preppy was just making itself known in little old Rutland, VT.

      • publiusr

        Corduroy is making a comeback–just at the nano-scale.

        Might help explain all those trippy visions. All I ever got from LSD was a test pattern.

  • Bruce

    Another thing I remember but was only in style for a sort time too during the 70s were button
    down shirts with flowers on them. I remember my dad and uncle had them…no they were not hippies, just a style fad at the time.

  • Bruce

    Another thing too the Afro look was in too,but nothing racist here because even white people

    had them too like Gabriel Kaplan from the TV show “Welcome Back Kotter”.

    • B-Sabre

      Man, that’s cultural appropriation….

    • Had a good friend of Lebanese descent who sported an Afro of nearly perfect spherical dimensions. Definitely not limited to any one group if you had the hair to make it work.

  • Bruce

    And one more thing too even on the YouTube comments on a lot of the songs made back then a

    lot of people say the music was a lot better than what a lot of the kids listen to nowadays,which I agree.

    • Scottlowther

      > the music was a lot better than what a lot of the kids listen to nowadays

      Said by every old person ever, in every generation since the invention of music.

  • Bob

    Better times than these.

  • B-Sabre

    There’s so much polyester….if there’s a flash fire, these guys are dying horribly.

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  • publiusr

    The Gene Rayburn collection.

  • Tobias Funke

    I believe there is something of a tossup, whether the 70s or 80s got the worse fashion sense… >_>