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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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.

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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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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!

Marty Chamberlain
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4 years ago

lol

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PrinsesCarina
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6 years ago

the guy on the left could be George Takei's doppelgänger

Chrissy Knight
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4 years ago

The one next to George could easily be Matt Damon lol

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RebekkaBowater
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6 years ago

OMG Fred from Scooby Doo!!! xD

KarenClarke
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6 years ago

Some failed concepts for Ken's proposed new pal, Bruce.

MaureenKeeler
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6 years ago

How very forward thinking. An ad that speaks to all races. But ... the high-water bells have got to go. What's with the blonde prince plastic?

AutumnArnold
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6 years ago

Man, if those two white guys don't look like rapists...

TraceyGjosund
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6 years ago

OK now I know why men are wearing baggy pants around their knees now,

FranFoley
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6 years ago

Dude looks like a ken doll

LynneTessier
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6 years ago

Ring a ding?! Are these 'men' real or life-size Ken dolls?!!

JasonLuedke
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6 years ago

I can almost see Nick Cannon wearing the pants on the far right when he hosts AGT.

LoriThompson
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6 years ago

Is that a chocolate chip cookies on the right???

LisaSummers
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6 years ago

They come in a "ring-a-ding" assortment of colors.....yay

PrinsesCarina
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6 years ago

the guy on the left could be George Takei's doppelgänger

Daniel Ray
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4 years ago

Ripley's Believe It or Not wax figures posing as mannequins.

Teresa Gemellaro
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4 years ago

This sort of fashion was common enough. Lots of the other things depicted in this article were not something that was seen or popular.

Mitch Hagan
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5 years ago

A ring-a-ding assortment of colors and fabrics?

Jesse Zwack
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5 years ago

Who says diversity and bad taste don't mix?

RandomPanda
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6 years ago

the third guy looks likes Freddy from Scooby-Doo.

SophNesbitt
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6 years ago

Swinging bells‼️

Magnolia
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6 years ago

How can you go wrong with the, "ring-a-ding assortment of colors",!!!

DarrellMrWorf
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6 years ago

Alpha Team of Manbot 1

IreneMay
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6 years ago

Well, I think the heading says it all. Ask not, they toll for you.

GregAbolins
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6 years ago

Gang fight

AnnieMason
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6 years ago

The poor guy on the right drew the short straw for those pants!

TiffanySy
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6 years ago

They look plastic

MarkCarpenter
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6 years ago

'70s fashions had a way of making the straightest guy look gay. Speaking as a gay guy who remembers the '70s very well, there were some clothes which were so off-the-wall I wouldn't be caught dead wearing them!

GailTilton
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6 years ago

I forgot about the print pants. Also check out the length of the pants.

ShielahAndersen
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6 years ago

ring a ding baby....it's always higher in the West! btw i also love stripe stripe stripe...whacha!!! and the shoe colors....ahem....:)

JasonSawyer
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6 years ago

Higher in west what? West Hollywood?

TreyEvitt
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6 years ago

Stiffened wounds test their pride Men of five, still alive through the raging glow Gone insane from the pain that they surely know For whom the bell tolls Time marches on For whom the bell tolls

JuanMotie
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6 years ago

Looks very "Brady Bunch" ...

KellSmurthwaite
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6 years ago

A ring-a-ding assortment of colours and fabrics? Ring-a-ding? RING-A-DING??? WTF?!

SanfordSchimel
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6 years ago

I was the first person to wear bell bottoms in my elementary school. We bought them in New Jersey (at Schlesinger's) and I wore them in Des Plaines, Ill.

LizAkins
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6 years ago

Day-um

BetsyNealLewis
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6 years ago

George Takei, before Star Trek! Oh my!

MichaelSmith
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6 years ago

Does the hanky on the right mean he's gay and available or gay and spoken for?

ShaunRichards
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6 years ago

Lolwut, did they run out of belts for the guy in the white pants? "Ah crap, well, just grab one of those handkerchiefs then, that'll be good". And I don't believe in my near 4 decades of life as a human on this planet have I ever heard "ring-a-ding" used as a descriptor of variety.

MarianneOdell
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6 years ago

The blonde guy looks like he's holding in a fart!

MelissaWelch
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6 years ago

The blonde guy?What's up with that?

LeilaniGribner
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6 years ago

Oh myyy

CaroleWilliams
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6 years ago

ring-a-ding????

ToriWheeler
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6 years ago

Ring-a-ding diversity!

GracieBenz
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6 years ago

"ring-a-ding assortment" LOL

VerónicaLíaAlbanesi
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6 years ago

Bells toll for these? OMG!

MichelleParent
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6 years ago

Now those i can handle.

fantasycreature
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6 years ago

They must be made of plastic.

BarryJHelveston
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6 years ago

Such awkward hand positions

CarrieMartin
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6 years ago

Ken dolls

TrishaLynch
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6 years ago

These days they are skinny jeans

DianaValdivieso
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6 years ago

Those white pants....they don't have any wrinkle they're perfect!

RachelMcPeak
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6 years ago

Such a politically correct ad...

DanielaPopova
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6 years ago

the photo looks like a painting if you look closely.. ah, pre-Photoshop ages.. I love the caption: ask NOT! They're for you!

AliVayo
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6 years ago

Doesn't ring my bell

NiloofarLvt
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6 years ago

not them =P

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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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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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In 2015.

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SandyGalbraith
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6 years ago

Well... Hello sailor!

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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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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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5 years ago

Da da da daaaaaaa! CATALOGUE MAAAAAAAAN!

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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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