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's 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. But, of course, 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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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Steve Austin/Lee Majors look. :D

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Joe Dad
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Guy up front actually looks nice in that outfit.

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Merilyn Horton
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh yeah, my old crowd. See what I meant about non gym muscles: cute!

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Agnes Jekyll
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You don't need a bell on my bike when you have a cockatoo

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dick johnson
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Most People Don't Know This, But African Males Have A High Ratio Of Homosexuality (there is nothing wrong with being gay, or bi). This Is Why African's Compensate By Wearing Really Long Shorts, And Other Physical And Personal Compensations, So People Think That They Are Str8.

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Jay Ishere
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ocean pacific corduroy shorts...ah...I lived life in and out of those...beach, beach and more beach

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Anthone Sipin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the time when Mississippi flood swept away houses and everyone was still hippy so they all laughed and rode it all the way.

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Lee Young
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Alexa, could you order more diapers. Alexa? Hello Alexa!!!! Yes, dad, I'll call the diaper company when I get home from my NOW meeting - we are determined to pass the Equal Rights Amendment come hell or waters high.

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Chief Bear Cloud
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Southern Man, better keep your head, don't forget wha........................

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Tamsin Koch
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They may take our shirts, but they will never take OUR SHORT SHORTS!!

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dick johnson
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I Guess The Ladies Are Sexually Attracted To "Almost Daisy-Dukes" On Guys!

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Rachelle McDonald
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like the start of a bad gay porn... or a great slasher.

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Joe Dad
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Janet Martin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the 5th guy that looks just like my cousin Greg! Greg? That you?

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