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.

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KerrieMantei
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6 years ago

Damn hipsters

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MorriMiele
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6 years ago

I found Waldo

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KatKotka
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6 years ago

It was definitely the era of the crotch...

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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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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.

Denise
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6 years ago

Diggin the skates !

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JessicaLamb
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6 years ago

ummm the woman's underwear has a hotdog on it and says "I can't believe i ate the whole thing"... and the man's says "Here I come" ... I'm loosing it right now. This was the beginning of the Spencers type shirts

KonstantinStog
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6 years ago

Borat? :D

JulieDeschenes
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6 years ago

Proof that he did travel to U. S and A before moviefilm success.

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KristinGiulino
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6 years ago

I think the picture of the underwear on the man is of an hand and its supposed to look like the hand is pulling the underwear down.. With the words here I come.... For once I am speechless.

JayGee
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6 years ago

Ahhh, I think you're right! I could NOT figure out that was supposed to be! The white band ruins the effect & makes it confusing.

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DanielaPopova
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6 years ago

Why is she wearing stockings under the underwear? AND roller skates?

CC
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6 years ago

Because it looks nice... and she has hotdogs to deliver.

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AdrianaMedici
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6 years ago

I will never eat hotdog in my entire life...

DeniseHarada
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6 years ago

He kinda looks like Will Ferrell so... They're kidding, right?!?!

Alison Marchand
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1 year ago

*scroll...scroll...SCROLLSCROLLSCROLLSCROLLSCROLL*

John Shifflett
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5 years ago

What? No Home of the Whopper underwear?

BobbiNewell
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5 years ago

I remember being a preteen girl, and seeing a grown man at the beach wearing the Speedo version of the ruler on the right. In blue. Tried not to stare - awkward!

DianaR.Anaya
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6 years ago

MY EYEEES!!!!!!!

ChrisSlatton-Johnson
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6 years ago

I have those green stockings in orange!

Cynthia Adams
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5 months ago

Dude...is that bulging camel toe?

Michael Armata
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2 years ago

Hot

Michael Armata
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2 years ago

Ove it,

James Harbinson
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4 years ago

Let's not mince words here... those are designed to hide "pee stains"

Cathleen Morris
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4 years ago

I don't know what planet these people lived on during the 70's ... but y'all I am seriously thinking that IF it WAS Earth, then this may well have may have been the period I was actually abducted by aliens! I swear to on my mother's grave, y'all -- these wee not in any stores or catalogues I saw or on any bodies crossing paths I cut. Uh-uh! No how, no way!! My Eyes!!

Misty McLane
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4 years ago

I love those green sparkly tights!

Jill Lefrancois
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5 years ago

how did those sparkly tights ever go out of fashion???

Lisa R
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5 years ago

He looks angry. If had to wear underwear like that, I'd look angry too.

Helen Rakowski Telencio
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5 years ago

No thanks

Vanessa Muro
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5 years ago

There are no words. Is that a taco?

BritGirrl
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5 years ago

I just can't.....

SophNesbitt
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5 years ago

Ha ha

JimmySuarez
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5 years ago

'Sweat' camouflage???

CelesteCoit
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5 years ago

My eyes are bleeding!!!!

DenverRisley
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6 years ago

If you can't handle the hot action then just sit in the dark corner of your own ignorance!

AmyGee
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6 years ago

I need those sparkly tights!!!

MelBox
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6 years ago

they dont look right to me

SanchitaWahi
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6 years ago

All I can think about is bratwurst. Is that terrible?

GregAbolins
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6 years ago

Geezuss

RamonaMattos
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6 years ago

Awesome...love to buy some for my husband! Lol

KristenHz
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6 years ago

So. much. wrong. here. most puzzling (after scrolling past the dazzling glitter tights) is... why are they roller skating in their underoos?

AlisonBeauchamp
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6 years ago

and rollerskates!

RochelleO'Neil
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6 years ago

Fun for who exactly?

BillHard
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6 years ago

Tom Selleck before Magnum

ShielahAndersen
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6 years ago

I can't believe I ate the whole thing....

BrandyGrote
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6 years ago

Wearing this on my funta.

LorraineUrbano
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6 years ago

And they're all skating like that?

CherylMiller
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6 years ago

Funtawear for Festivus!

LuciaHewitt
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6 years ago

LMAO! in rollerskates???

KareyPapin
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6 years ago

Shut the hell up lolol

MaryBethSmith
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6 years ago

Ew.

HollyO'Brien
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6 years ago

Why yes, I always roller skate in my undies!

JeffTerry
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6 years ago

I don't feel safe. I need to feel safe. This should have had a trigger warning.

GinaVickers
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6 years ago

These just scare me...

LauraSwingle
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6 years ago

Roller skating in your underpants??

KristieSnively
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6 years ago

Of course, they put the ruler one on the black guy.

KevinThompson
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6 years ago

That is just soooo wrong.

LisaGreene
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6 years ago

Really?

LynnThompson
Community Member
6 years ago

The underwear is tacky enough...then you scroll down to see that they're on ROLLER SKATES! In their UNDERWEAR! Bwahahahahahahaha! I lived through the '70s, and I must say that I never saw anybody at a skating rink in their underwear.

FrédéricEeckman
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6 years ago

Now I imagine the movie Fame with people dressed like that. Bring it on, Leroy and Coco !

AnnariDuPlessis
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6 years ago

No

D.B.Myrrha
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6 years ago

What's with the glittery tights?

KristinGiulino
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6 years ago

I kind of want the girls tights though!!

PachuMigapin
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6 years ago

Those yellow undies are ok I think

SusanMcElrath
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6 years ago

Wasn't that the slogan for Underoos?

TraciCuller
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6 years ago

Digging the skates. I can't really make out the pics on the undies. But then again, I am not so sure I want to know.

TraciCuller
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6 years ago

With skates! LMAO! I can't really make out the pictures on the undies. But then I asked myself.. do I really want to know?

DavidBird
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6 years ago

So very,very wrong!

JeffreyMosne
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6 years ago

the modals did there part all looking good , the item there sell ,Is just not doing its part . not flattering . to there in shape bodies .

MandyDelaforce(PCGirl)
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6 years ago

What IS that on his white undies!!??

HopeHolt
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6 years ago

No soup for you! Or pornshashes dad?

PattiBrett
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6 years ago

Wait, WHAT?

KaitlynShanholtz
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6 years ago

I'm totally down with this motto.

KaitlynShanholtz
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6 years ago

I'm totally down with this motto.

CliffordSaunders
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6 years ago

Classic underpants

StacieTharp
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6 years ago

Sweet Jesus.

CathyCopeland
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6 years ago

o_O

PeggyJakopak
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6 years ago

This one, right here, may cause me to never sleep again.

KarenClarke
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6 years ago

I just threw up a bit in my mouth.

FrédéricEeckman
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6 years ago

What a waste ! Instead, throw up on a belted sweater, it will give this extra 70s effect !

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KatHannold
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6 years ago

NOOOOO!!!!

HollyJonson
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6 years ago

The design on his looks like an abstract design that is inspired/symbolic of female organs. And, the design on hers... Is that supposed to be a rocket? "Um" is right. https://ca.images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KLj9FPWHxVdn4AEdmQ7olQ;_ylu=X3oDMTIzZWpkMGJqBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZAM2N2ViNDJlOWE4ZDYwMWRmZDUxZjg3YjA5MzNkMTM4NgRncG9zAzcxBGl0A2Jpbmc-?.origin=&back=https%3A%2F%2Fca.images.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dmenstrual%2Bcycle%26fr%3Diphone%26fr2%3Dpiv-web%26nost%3D1%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D71&w=464&h=298&imgurl=anjungsainssmkss.files.wordpress.com%2F2011%2F05%2Fmenstrual-cycle-phases.jpg&rurl=https%3A%2F%2Fanjungsainssmkss.wordpress.com%2F2011%2F05%2F05%2Fmenstrual-cycle%2F&size=26.6KB&name=+%3Cb%3EMenstrual+Cycle%3C%2Fb%3E+in+Women&p=menstrual+cycle&oid=67eb42e9a8d601dfd51f87b0933d1386&fr2=piv-web&fr=iphone&tt=+%3Cb%3EMenstrual+Cycle%3C%2Fb%3E+in+Women&b=61&ni=21&no=71&ts=&tab=organic&sigr=122ogeuj6&sigb=13hrinc8n&sigi=127aferjk&sigt=110f1o156&sign=110f1o156

HollyJonson
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6 years ago

That URL is just a picture of the female menstrual cycle.

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JulieHarkin
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6 years ago

Do so wrong - my eyes want them to stop

TraceyGjosund
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6 years ago

Funwear = Dumbwear

JuliaJamieson
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6 years ago

No. Just no.

Silimaure
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6 years ago

Just say No.

Christina'sCeramics
Community Member
6 years ago

Yeah no

AliVayo
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6 years ago

Sexy... not!

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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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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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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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DominikaFutó
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6 years ago

Standing ovation for the designer.

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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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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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FranFoley
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6 years ago

Fancies?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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