70s fashion was a turning point in the whole history of trends. With new materials, sewing techniques and inspirations available, the 70s gave us space dresses, vinyl jumpsuits, various hallucination-inducing patterns, and double denim in men's fashion. Another thing that the decade gave us is short shorts that were often sported not by long-legged ladies, but by men.

The men shorts trend might've had to do with the whole free love vibe of the 70s when strolling around half naked wasn't so shocking. Aesthetics is a whole another question, as the hairy legs and a casual butt cheek peek-a-boo from your gym shorts might not seem as pleasing today.

Below, we have compiled the most outrageous examples of this men's fashion trend. In it, you'll find everything from dodgy denim numbers and terribly tight tear-offs to suspiciously skimpy sports shorts for men and lady-killing khaki cut-offs. Oh, and bloke bulges. Lots of bloke bulges. Don't say we didn't warn you!

(h/t: vintage everyday)

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Carrie White
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3 years ago

JFK Jr.

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Hans
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3 years ago

Streaker!

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Hans
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3 years ago

"Uniforms give you authority", they said...

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Pi...
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3 years ago

I honestly thought it was a topless lady, before I scrolled further down to the legs.

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John L
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3 years ago

The "BMX Bandits" look. All thats missing is a teenage Nicole Kidman. :D

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Anzelle Van Der Vyver
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3 years ago

This is actually hot!!

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Hans
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3 years ago

The bike appears to be but wire in this picture...

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Janice Foster
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3 years ago

That looks painful!

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Anne Madag
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3 years ago

hmmmm.

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Rachelle McDonald
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3 years ago

I thought Albinos didn't tan.

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Fire Bird
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3 years ago

Miller High Life, the champagne of beers.

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Jamie G
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3 years ago

McEnroe

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Anne Madag
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3 years ago

cool! hahahaha

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Lara B.
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3 years ago

Nice bodies though 👌🏼and nice carabiner... :D

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Fire Bird
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3 years ago

Shorts and a sweater. Odd combo.

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Hans
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3 years ago

"Welcome to my house"

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Melody Peck Briggs
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3 years ago

Reminds me of Forrest Gump when he was running.

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Hans
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3 years ago

Focus!

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Agnes Jekyll
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3 years ago

I loved Bjorn

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Arnoud Lievers
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3 years ago

chuck?... that you?

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Véronique Daoust
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3 years ago

The girl's outfit is hella cute

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Fire Bird
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3 years ago

Puff, Puff, Pass.

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Hans
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3 years ago

It's Jack Wagner!

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Hans
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3 years ago

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Despite her not looking too young, this has a bit of a pedophile connotation...

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Chrystal Green
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3 years ago

Beautiful

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Rachelle Black
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3 years ago

I knew beards were gonna make a come back!!

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Luciana Lyrio
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3 years ago

Is that Harry Styles? Or maybe his dad?

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Robyn Scott
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3 years ago

That last summer of freedom before they all had to get serious......

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Lara B.
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3 years ago

Oh dear...

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3 years ago

Napoleon Dynamite

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Agnes Jekyll
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3 years ago

They looks so cool

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Apollo
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3 years ago

I was scrolling down, thinking ' In fact, he's really cool!'. Then I saw the socks.

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Shannon Moran
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3 years ago

Sick car dude!

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Jann Finley
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3 years ago

Yum

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Janet Martin
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3 years ago

Pockets out! He was way before his time.

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Hans
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3 years ago

Makes you wonder what's too see on the right...

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Eric Bray
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3 years ago

Damn condom broke again.

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Merilyn Horton
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3 years ago

Famous Aussie surfer, and I can't remember his name. Shame on me.

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Arnoud Lievers
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3 years ago

If supermario would have followed his dream and became a rockstar

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Joe Dad
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3 years ago

Dat car, tho.

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Sarai Morrissette
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3 years ago

Look at my air.

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Katalin Bartók
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3 years ago

WTF when I look at this outfit

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Tamsin Koch
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3 years ago

Who wore it better?

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Janet Martin
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3 years ago

Puppy!!!!

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Jeremy Castro
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3 years ago

Okay that black haired woman looks like Selena Gomez at first glance. But she actually looks like Mila Kunis.

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Reenie Smith Shaw
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3 years ago

Who's Katie?

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Merilyn Horton
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3 years ago

That's gotta be Australian

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Ariane Inkesha
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3 years ago

russel brand

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Hans
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3 years ago

Sweat-o-Shorts

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Martin
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3 years ago

ADIDAS= All Day I Dream About Sex

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Hans
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3 years ago

Back-up, lady, before it is too late!

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Joe Dad
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3 years ago

That trucker cap and glasses.... I can't believe those were "cool" back then... they look so terrible!

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Cherry Ann
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3 years ago

before its okay for men to wear this kind of short shorts..

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Merilyn Horton
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3 years ago

And Birkenstocks.

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Joshua Archer
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3 years ago

are those cut-off corduroy?

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Pi...
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3 years ago

His legs are eating the shorts

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Janet Martin
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3 years ago

They BOTH looked stoned.

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Fire Bird
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3 years ago

painting the car right out on the street. Windows are all taped up. I wonder how it turned out?

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Joe Deihl
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3 years ago

That's not a man though.

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Tracey Martens
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3 years ago

This is a recent pic.

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Janice Foster
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3 years ago

Check out the text trying to justify this outfit! Hornes, there is NO excuse!!

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Martin
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3 years ago

Some things need to stay in 1776 & 1976

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Fire Bird
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3 years ago

he looks like he has Lymphedema in his legs.

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