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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Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

My god he was beautiful

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Angela Turrall 1 year ago

Everything about this photo is so, so right.

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John L 1 year ago

Bermuda police at your service.

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

My teenage fantasy

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John L 1 year ago

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

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jo_shortland 1 year ago

Look at those thigh muscles

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Isa 1 year ago

Et, tu Arnold?

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John L 1 year ago

The Steve Austin/Lee Majors look. :D

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Anne Madag 1 year ago

hmmmm.

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Joe Dad 1 year ago

Guy up front actually looks nice in that outfit.

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Lalita 1 year ago

I'd marry him.

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Anne Madag 1 year ago

cool! hahahaha

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

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

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John L 1 year ago

Ahh, the privileged Mediterranean Look.

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Nicole Hambleton 1 year ago

Ahhh the lumberjack tennis star look.

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Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

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

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Frédéric ESCLASSAN 1 year ago

Bjorn and the young Andre Agassi...

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Arnoud Lievers 1 year ago

chuck?... that you?

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Véronique Daoust 1 year ago

The girl's outfit is hella cute

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

Another cutie, and that's an enormous joint.

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Fire Bird 1 year ago

"All I Need", is a new pair of shorts.

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Meowoui 1 year ago

Gym shorts of the day.

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Dylan Glatz 1 year ago

Thats a famous piece of pop-art! I forget the artist and name though. Anybody help me out?

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Jay Ishere 1 year ago

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

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Jeremy Castro 1 year ago

Oh look it's Harry Styles

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Anthone Sipin 1 year ago

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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Elizabeth Hendrick 1 year ago

Quick! Everybody look in a different direction!

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Stille20 1 year ago

Napoleon Dynamite

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Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

They looks so cool

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Mónica Elisabeth Sacco 1 year ago

Rasputin in shorts'n'socks!

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Shannon Moran 1 year ago

Sick car dude!

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Jann Finley 1 year ago

Yum

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Jennifer Appling 1 year ago

We are all so fat nowadays .

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Josh Feierman 1 year ago

That looks 60s to me.

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Chrystal Green 1 year ago

I thought this was my dad when I first glanced at it!

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Lisa Sheff 1 year ago

all good!

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Chief Bear Cloud 1 year ago

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

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Joe Dad 1 year ago

Dat car, tho.

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Sarai Morrissette 1 year ago

Look at my air.

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Tamsin Koch 1 year ago

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

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Tamsin Koch 1 year ago

Who wore it better?

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Walkus-Andrew Andrea 1 year ago

Awesome truck!

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Dylan Glatz 1 year ago

Bust loose indeed!

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Chrystal Green 1 year ago

The view from this angle...

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Ariane Inkesha 1 year ago

russel brand

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Fire Bird 1 year ago

Those noisy plastic shorts

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Martin 1 year ago

ADIDAS= All Day I Dream About Sex

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Rachelle McDonald 1 year ago

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

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Joe Dad 1 year ago

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

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Janet Martin 1 year ago

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

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

And Birkenstocks.

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Joshua Archer 1 year ago

are those cut-off corduroy?

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Pi... 1 year ago

His legs are eating the shorts

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Janet Martin 1 year ago

They BOTH looked stoned.

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Fire Bird 1 year 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 1 year ago

That's not a man though.

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Hope Floats 1 year ago

Those alter necks really weren't very flattering...Were they?

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Janice Foster 1 year ago

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

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Reenie Smith Shaw 1 year ago

She took off her halter top...

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Fire Bird 1 year ago

he looks like he has Lymphedema in his legs.

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