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

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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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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.

ClariceBaker
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6 years ago

Austin Powers in the middle..............

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JackJohnson
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6 years ago

r to l: Kelso, Fez, Hyde

AshleyBergen
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6 years ago

No that deff Eric on the left with fez and hyde

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JasonWinfrey
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6 years ago

Howard Wolowitz fan club.

HollyJonson
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6 years ago

The middle one has a half Napoleon, half religious, influence. Those aren't good things.

CharlotteSmith
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6 years ago

True :) lol

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ElizabetheGeier
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6 years ago

Someone alert Number One! The Prisoner finally escaped off The Island.

TraciCuller
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6 years ago

LOL

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TraceyGjosund
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6 years ago

Austin Powers on vacation

RichardKoopman
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6 years ago

@KittyBuns.. Please, no! Please...... It would be an act of ' Castrating Manhood' !

Kerin Schiesser
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2 months ago

Actually - I kinda LIKE the center gold/butterscotch one. Change the type/texture of the fabric, and it might be very attractive - elegant, even. Maybe some fabric that was a fine silk.linen weave, a little adaptation of the black turtleneck dickie or neckpiece, or however that look is achieved, and you'd actually have something a person of taste might wear and look good in.....

Donovan
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4 years ago

Turtleneck under a Nehru Jacket with Statement Necklace. Triple Threat!

Daniel I
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4 years ago

The guy on the left has a pipe. That is the best touch

Bianca Esteban
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4 years ago

The suit in the middle is pimp

C
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5 years ago

When you want to start a Beatles Sgt-Pepper-era tribute band, but you still want to hold on to your day job

Caspar Fairhall
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5 years ago

So future

Miranda Flanary
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5 years ago

Looks like a scene from "Anchorman."

J.Z. Slawosky
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6 years ago

Oooh I want all of them. The middle I was in lime green, pink, violet AND magenta. Does it come in Canary Yellow.

Lisa R
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6 years ago

You don't see cuffed pants on suits any more.

AmandaWebster
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6 years ago

Is that Ron Burgundy?

SophNesbitt
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6 years ago

It's the hot purple scarf ...

ThomasBauer
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6 years ago

I want that Egg-Yolk Yellow Suit!!

AmandaHanrahan
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6 years ago

Nothing says man about town more than a Nehru jacket and a purple cravat!

ShielahAndersen
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6 years ago

I love the "leader of a far-out cult" look!

DescreatMent
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6 years ago

Austin Powers movie, lol

DescreatMent
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6 years ago

Austin Powers movie, lol

TreyEvitt
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6 years ago

Apparently they all work in a yellow submarine....

GinaVickers
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6 years ago

The guy in the middle is obviously from Star Trek.

TimM
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6 years ago

Some clothes are to die for. These are clearly to die *from*.

cest_nayce
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6 years ago

This is like medieval attire remixed

KevinThompson
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6 years ago

I kinda dig the Nehru look. I wonder if it comes in 4x. Of course then I would look like one of the lesser known Bond villains. But it's a look.

FrédéricEeckman
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6 years ago

They are outside because there is no way they could have find an interior where allt the colours would have matched...

TrishJeffries
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6 years ago

Oh , behave!!! (So Austin Powers looking)

CalebKendrick
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6 years ago

Oh look it's the rest of sgt. Peppers lonely hearts club band

JamiRussell
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6 years ago

Take away the guy on the left's pipe and he'd be sexy.

JackJohnson
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6 years ago

Kelso, Fez, and Hyde IRL?

SandraHuertas
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6 years ago

Loving for us, the women!! I´m gonna take note about!

ShaunRichards
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6 years ago

The guy in the middle is what the human ambassador to the citadel should have looked like in Mass Effect. The future!

TraciCuller
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6 years ago

Larry leisure suite!

ConnieWobschall
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6 years ago

"Well, welll, well old chap, I dare say you look as ridiculous as I!"

SandyGalbraith
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6 years ago

Hmm... One day a porn king, Dr No and a Pimp Daddy walked into a bar....

DanStout
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6 years ago

Give a warm welcome to No Open Flames!!

Ouida
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6 years ago

Those are the Monkees! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monkees

ChrisSlatton-Johnson
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6 years ago

Austin Powerless!

AmyPeterson
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6 years ago

Is that Fred from Scooby Doo?

LeilaniGribner
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6 years ago

Ron Burgundy!

NikkiOBrien
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6 years ago

Love the yello! That guy has attitude!

CarolStruck
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6 years ago

Nehru jackets!

TheWalrus
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6 years ago

Holy crap...

JanWierenga
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6 years ago

I think these are pretty cool.

KarenClarke
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6 years ago

Introducing Austin, Brice, and Ashley Powers: , International Men of Mystery and Sartorial Superiority.

NancyPflum
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6 years ago

I like the middle one, and I'd wear it now, but I'm female, and mite be able to get away with it.

JosephineLouise
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6 years ago

Did someone cut them off at the knees???

BrettValentine
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6 years ago

Farrr OUT!

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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!

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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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5 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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