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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1970s Men’s Fashion

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KerrieMantei
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6 years ago

Damn hipsters

CarlaClark
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6 years ago

And their hipster sheep...

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RobynScott
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6 years ago

Don't you hate when couples dress matchy-matchy.......

TinyDynamine
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6 years ago

The sheep want their money back.

SallyMalone
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6 years ago

Prom night in Australia.

DianePeters
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6 years ago

Ain't nobody happy here.

AndreaTóth
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6 years ago

sheeps either...poor animals...

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AliVayo
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6 years ago

The sheep look great

AlysonEnglish
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6 years ago

They did a baaaaaaad thing.

TheWalrus
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6 years ago

"In a big country, dreams stay with you..."

RosalindDalefield
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6 years ago

So do nightmares, apparently!

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StefanieLorimer
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6 years ago

the sheep look great

LeopardHorse56
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6 years ago

Poor sheep....

Gerry Gait
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1 year ago

It's obvious who this guys date is.

EricMelkent
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6 years ago

We'll give Bob's date 5 more minutes to get here, and then we're grabbing our wooly girls and getting to the dance.

Troux
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6 years ago

All the rage at the Cardiff fashion show.

LisaDixon
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6 years ago

Sheep were seriously traumatised during this photo shoot....

HollyJonson
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6 years ago

That sheep in the middle front definitely got the worst deal of them all. Just think of the time that print would have taken to create.

Cathleen Morris
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4 years ago

That sheep also looks seriously pissed off about getting the short (design) straw ....

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DianaValdivieso
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6 years ago

The sheep on the right is thinking...OH GOD WHY????

Daniel I
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3 years ago

Painting the sheep is funny. Clever advertisement.

Bianca Esteban
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4 years ago

The sheep are badass!!

Cathleen Morris
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4 years ago

The Brotherhod of the Irish Plaid Travelling Table Clothes ...

William Hamilton
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4 years ago

The African American sheep cowboy looks sad. The others seem confused.

Robin Taylor
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4 years ago

"Fully accessorized ruminants not included."

Amy Maddox
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4 years ago

The guy in the very back looks like Richard Thomas (John Boy Walton). I wonder if it's him?

Ian Strange
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5 years ago

????????????

Lisa R
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5 years ago

The Bay City Rollers all grown up?

Noelle Darzi
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5 years ago

Zats sucha weird commerciales.

TracyBaparam
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5 years ago

WHAT DID THEY DO TO THOSE POOR SHEEP?!

HelenJohnson
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5 years ago

...because putting your hands on your hips makes you look so manly.

MiriamHirsch
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6 years ago

those poor sheep!

DanielAvis
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6 years ago

So easy to tell which sheep is your concubine now!

AnnieMason
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6 years ago

The sheep look okay!

PaulBeck
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6 years ago

Whenever I see a bunch of men proudly standing around sheep, I begin to get worried.

AllenStrawbridge
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6 years ago

They have matching sheep! What sorcery is this?

MelanieMattson
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6 years ago

Reminds me of those old Irish Spring commercials: with three deodorants, three men and three sheep!

KareyPapin
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6 years ago

Sheep MUST MATCH

JeffTerry
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6 years ago

Yes, of course. Those sheep went on to form PETA. And I don't blame them one bit.

MelissaTrott
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6 years ago

I can't believe they dyed the sheep!

TimM
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6 years ago

Seeing what they were forced to wear for pay, it is no wonder that they look so grim. Like wearing a Wal-Mart vest to go out for some fun with your friends.

TimM
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6 years ago

Seeing what they were forced to wear for pay, it is no wonder that they look so grim. Like wearing your Wal-Mart vest, while going out with your friends for a night of fun.

LisaGreene
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6 years ago

Now that's just animal abuse! :-)

FrédéricEeckman
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6 years ago

The middle one can even use it as table clothes. Practical.

TrishJeffries
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6 years ago

I feel bad for the sheep

BetsyNealLewis
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6 years ago

Ahhh, free range plaid!

EllipseKirk
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6 years ago

like the sheep

LisaBuch
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6 years ago

they look miserable

BeccyDawber
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6 years ago

Poor sheep!

StephanieCrow
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6 years ago

So many Dad bod sheep jokes, too little time.

StephanieCrow
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6 years ago

So many dad bod sheep jokes, so little time.

RebeccaFunkenstein
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6 years ago

Angry Welshmen.

TerriBarbara
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6 years ago

Extras from Wicker Man

KarissaHuynh
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6 years ago

Lmbo

GlennSugden
Community Member
6 years ago

Oh no! The plaid virus! It's SPREADING! Burn it ALL to the ground!

GlennSugden
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6 years ago

Oh no! The plaid virus is spreading! Quick! Burn it all to the ground!

NatalieAldrich
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6 years ago

Pet Sounds!

KathiSeidl
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6 years ago

Dyed in the wool rugged outdoorsy types.

R.m.Kosloski
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6 years ago

"No animals were harmed in the making of this ad. Embarrassed, but not harmed."

SusannaVesna
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6 years ago

WTF! ahhaha

ChristineBeresford
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6 years ago

sheep are totally embarrassed they should just run !

KatiaChachacha
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6 years ago

At least the sheep,are smiling!

NaomiKaitlyn
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6 years ago

I feel sorry for the sheep most of all...

ChrisSlatton-Johnson
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6 years ago

Wow! Springtime for Hitler!

LeilaniGribner
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6 years ago

Before hipsters were cool.

AnitaPope
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6 years ago

The one on the left looks like Christopher Walken with a perm

JohnDarroch
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6 years ago

Kiwi Sheep Shaggers !

DavidHutchinson
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6 years ago

I'd have a frown too if I had to wear that crap.

GertieSmith
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6 years ago

those poor sheep

Christina'sCeramics
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6 years ago

At least we know where you get the wool for those patterns lol

SallyBR
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6 years ago

No sheep deserves this....

TaraynMarissa
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6 years ago

The guy on the left looks like Christopher Walken a bit!

YasarKarakaya
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6 years ago

LOL

İpekHasturk
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6 years ago

10 points !

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#3

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

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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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1970s Men’s Fashion

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HeatherCrawford
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6 years ago

im speechless.

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#14

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

1970s Men’s Fashion

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JulieMolina
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6 years ago

More things should be in giraffe pattern.

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#17

1970s Men’s Fashion

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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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#19

1970s Men’s Fashion

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dani
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6 years ago

thunderbirds are go!

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#20

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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

1970s Men’s Fashion

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SusanWilkinson
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6 years ago

My dad had one of these!

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#23

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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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1970s Men’s Fashion

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FranFoley
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6 years ago

You know you're all thinking it.

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#25

1970s Men’s Fashion

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NatalieRudley
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6 years ago

The description on this is strangely erotic!

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#26

1970s Men’s Fashion

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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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1970s Men’s Fashion

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LauraD'Costa
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6 years ago

Lmao anyone for tennis?

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#28

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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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