The 1970s must have taken place on a different planet. These photos of men’s clothing from that decade leave us drowning in astounding mustard knits, loud patterns, high waists, way-too-skimpy briefs, and other men's fashion faux pas that we don't have enough of imagination to describe 40 years later.

As synthetics fell in price, casual men's style garbs were suddenly available to many fashion-forward young men looking to cut loose. Since polyester doesn’t require ironing, the “wash and wear” revolution is in full view of these models with their skin-tight threads and jumpsuits that leave nothing to the imagination. A 70s fashion Travelknit suit jumps out of the suitcase ready to wear, keeping with the decade’s focus on spontaneity and indulgence.

Scroll down for our pick of the worst 70s men's fashion pieces. And as a final note, don’t look at the prices in the funny ads! You’ll only resent H&M even more!

(h/t: flashbak)

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1970s Men’s Fashion

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CarolineCordery
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6 years ago

Men in Belted Sweaters would be a good band name.

DianePeters
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6 years ago

Men?

PenniHayes
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6 years ago

Looks like Beck done stole Pharell's hat.

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AndrewBeierle
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6 years ago

Dear 1970s knitters: I am from the future and I bring you a warning. If God had intended sweaters to have belts, he would have included them in the original design manual. Sweaters do NOT have belts. But they do, in all cases, have sleeves. For God's sake, don't forget the sleeves!

LynneDarroch
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6 years ago

Now I know what to get my husband for father's day. Running downstairs now for my knitting needles.

HelenBaik
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6 years ago

It's not just a Belted Sweater - it's a lifestyle!

JuliannaForrai
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6 years ago

Robin Hood in knitwear!

HollyJonson
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6 years ago

Something tells me someone thought this style was going to make men look like Robin Hood. Epic Fail.

KarenClarke
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6 years ago

The sequel to Robin Hood Men In Tights.

JeffTerry
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6 years ago

We've obviously regressed. Seems that walking away from belted sweaters left the door wide open for the barbarians to overthrow civilization. Which is why we have the Kardashians.

CliffordSaunders
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6 years ago

For the man about town

MartiTaylor
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6 years ago

Is it wrong to want the Blue belted sweater and red hat for myself :D :D

VerónicaLíaAlbanesi
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6 years ago

The last one looks like David Carradine in Kung Fu1

FrédéricEeckman
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6 years ago

Carradine and something involving a belt. I see a pattern here.

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KalileDestructeur
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6 years ago

Was there really a mag called Men in Belted Sweaters? I mean,wad that enough of a thing to be a thing?

LauraEvans
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6 years ago

Lol I think it's a pattern you can buy to make the sweaters

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IAmBecauseWeAre
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5 years ago

Wake me up-Wake me up inside SAVE ME

cest_nayce
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6 years ago

OH WOW! LOL it's like I don't even know what to say to this!

TcherekKamstra
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6 years ago

John Davidson wannabe wins the prize for being being slightly more embarrassing than JD was.

RobZapol
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6 years ago

I would totally rock this.

KåreJensen
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6 years ago

Wow... Just wow

NathanBunker
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6 years ago

I feel like they stole these from Lana Kane's closet.

DawnMondscheinCline
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6 years ago

Sam Beckett's worst Quantum Leap EVER.

pay1370
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6 years ago

oh god, no. nope. extradoublenope. get it away from me. NOW.

LeighStovall
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6 years ago

I kinda like em..

Markham Strange
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1 year ago

belted sweaters

Daniel I
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3 years ago

The belted sweaters are just hilarious. I actually kind of want one!

Daniel I
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3 years ago

The belted sweaters are hilarious. I actually kind of want one!

Cathleen Morris
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4 years ago

Robin Hood and His Band of Scary Men ...

William Hamilton
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4 years ago

Costume option for cheap science fiction movie.

DEFENDER OF JUSTICE
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5 years ago

top middle: robert redford

Diane Booth
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5 years ago

If anyone ever knitted their man one of these I am pretty sure it remained in the bottom of a drawer and never taken out and worn.

Michael Cavalier
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5 years ago

Looks like they got into the wardrobe trunk for the Mamas and the Papas.

Elke Borchert
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5 years ago

OMG!!!! Kaum zu glauben, aber wir haben es überlebt (und hoffentlich kommt es nicht wieder)!!!!!

Volkan Ersoy
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5 years ago

Let's make alist of today's fashion items that our grandchildren will laugh at. Lace women's shorts, UGG boots, ultra low-rise jeans, the complete hipster fashion....

Lisa R
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5 years ago

Argh.

Lisa R
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5 years ago

If I saw anyone wearing that coming my way, I would have moved to the opposite side of the street.

Katrina Walker
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5 years ago

The photo on the upper right looks suspiciously like my husband...think we may have to talk about his "past"...

Noelle Darzi
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5 years ago

Men used to be so colorful too.

GlynisLailann
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5 years ago

I love the knitting patterns.

DeanaSt.Peter
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6 years ago

More Peter Pan

MelBox
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6 years ago

these look like womens sweaters.

StevenWilliamson
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6 years ago

Stan on Mad Men would love these.

StevenWilliamson
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6 years ago

Stan from Sterling Cooper Draper Price would LOVE this.

PavelLujardo
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6 years ago

The guy in red sleeves is saying "Look at mw, my nipples are so sharp they show though two katers of cloth!"

KathySnow
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6 years ago

O.M. G!

IbisFernandez
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6 years ago

If you ignore the colors this looks straight out of Game of Thrones... There goes Jaimie Lanister on the second pic.

ShielahAndersen
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6 years ago

the one in the yellow looks like a Lannister in that sweater...oddly this one works!

JustineCooper
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6 years ago

They look like minstrels

FrédéricEeckman
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6 years ago

The upper middle one looks like a rejected suit for Captain America.

CalebKendrick
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6 years ago

Is it sad to say that I can pull that look off

BetsyNealLewis
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6 years ago

I love that there is a whole magazine devoted to this!

LauraWine
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6 years ago

Grandma?

NormaCallis
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6 years ago

Belts were hot :)

TerriBarbara
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6 years ago

Guy in lower right looks like a hipster doofus.

ChristineBeresford
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6 years ago

there are no words for this

BrianStarke
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6 years ago

Who bought this shit? Noone I knew.

SarahEasteal
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6 years ago

I feel like washing my eyes out with soap. But I know it wouldn't work.

ChrisSlatton-Johnson
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6 years ago

PIMPIN!

ChrisSlatton-Johnson
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6 years ago

Pimpin!!

NikkiOBrien
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6 years ago

Quite like that middle bottom one ... in a different colour ... on a chick!

PattiBrett
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6 years ago

Wait, that's a magazine? Who bought it?

RomanMarta
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6 years ago

I actually have this leaflet :x

GertieSmith
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6 years ago

yuck...

AliVayo
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6 years ago

Grab me a vomit bowl!

JosephineLouise
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6 years ago

The Last One is Caitlin Jenner?

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1970s Men’s Fashion

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KerrieMantei
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6 years ago

Damn hipsters

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1970s Men’s Fashion

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MorriMiele
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6 years ago

I found Waldo

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1970s Men’s Fashion

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KatKotka
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6 years ago

It was definitely the era of the crotch...

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1970s Men’s Fashion

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KerrieMantei
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6 years ago

Is that a Onesie?

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LaurelCrooks
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6 years ago

The jumpsuits on the right are just awful.

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1970s Men’s Fashion

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KittyBuns
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6 years ago

I would love if my partner dressed like this.

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LaurelCrooks
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6 years ago

Um.

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1970s Men’s Fashion

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BeckyBlake
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6 years ago

Is he lactating!

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DrgnflyMoon
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6 years ago

Pimps on the left. Ho's on the right:)

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#11

1970s Men’s Fashion

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RobynScott
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6 years ago

That could spoil a third date.....

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#12

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RebekkaBowater
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6 years ago

" Lemme just stand here looking sexy while i hold this Chicken upside down" WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE LOL!! xD

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HeatherCrawford
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6 years ago

im speechless.

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1970s Men’s Fashion

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AlexPeters
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6 years ago

Now I know the apocalypse will be crocheted!!! OMG. My eyes, my eyes!!

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#15

1970s Men’s Fashion

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DominikaFutó
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6 years ago

Standing ovation for the designer.

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#16

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JulieMolina
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6 years ago

More things should be in giraffe pattern.

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GillianMcGown
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6 years ago

on the right. Bay City rollers had a lot to answer for!!!

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#18

1970s Men’s Fashion

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KaiChu
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6 years ago

Mondrian-like briefs!

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dani
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6 years ago

thunderbirds are go!

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RachelMcPeak
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6 years ago

That magazine title though.

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#21

1970s Men’s Fashion

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FranFoley
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6 years ago

Fancies?

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#22

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SusanWilkinson
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6 years ago

My dad had one of these!

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NatalieRudley
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6 years ago

If we weight these knits down with enough rocks we can drown them and no one will ever know!

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FranFoley
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6 years ago

You know you're all thinking it.

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#25

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NatalieRudley
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6 years ago

The description on this is strangely erotic!

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BrettValentine
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6 years ago

but I can say a whole LOT about this!

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LauraD'Costa
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6 years ago

Lmao anyone for tennis?

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JulieMolina
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6 years ago

Those two guys are really avoiding eye contact.

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1970s Men’s Fashion

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FranFoley
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6 years ago

See what they did there? Those tricksters.

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#30

Carsuals

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ArturKlassen
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6 years ago

LSD was much more popular those days.

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1970s Men’s Fashion

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TraceyGjosund
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6 years ago

Guy on the right looks like he just did a hit of something

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MarisaDelgado
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6 years ago

Pierce Brosnan? George Lopez?!! Didnt expect to see so many celebs in these ads lol

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1970s Men’s Fashion

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DianeHume
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6 years ago

Makes me want to sing the YMCA song

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WendyReaser
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6 years ago

Yep because real men wear underwear and tshirts

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1970s Men’s Fashion

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EmilyPilc
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6 years ago

Fruit of the doom. These guys look like serial killers.

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#36

In 2015.

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SandyGalbraith
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6 years ago

Well... Hello sailor!

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#37

Dee Eye Ess See Oh

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NealGraves
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6 years ago

Xanaduuuuuuuuuu!!!

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#38

Square To The Hips

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NicoleRoberts
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6 years ago

Because two big shit-brown patches on a guy's butt cheeks is what the ladies love!

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#39

So Much Derp

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NicoleRoberts
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6 years ago

The kid in the bird shirt is slowly realizing that this photo shoot was a bad idea.

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Dusty Day
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4 years ago

Da da da daaaaaaa! CATALOGUE MAAAAAAAAN!

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#41

Starsky & Hutch Style Knit Jacket

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CindiNeumann
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6 years ago

starsky and hutch

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#42

Real Men Have Molester Mustaches. And Wear Slipper Socks.

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NicoleRoberts
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6 years ago

Wanna ride on my Terry Go Round?

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