The Decade That Fashion Forgot

Disco is long dead and along with it the tacky 1970’s fashion trends. Thankfully, like an old yearbook photo that you wish nobody ever saw, the photos were printed, circulated, scanned and uploaded to Facebook.

The rise of casual attire, jumpsuits and disco culture created fashion trends that can only be described as the mullet of fashion, tight on top and loose on the bottom.

The only thing more cringe worthy than the fashions are the ads that were used to promote them.

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Take a look at these 1970’s fashions that are so bad it’s good. Start The Slide Show!



  1. J Greene

    December 1, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Oh, guys. These fashions are awful, but no more ridiculous than the belief that modern fashion has improved. We’re not any smarter than we were back then. Forty years from now– the duck-butt hair, the hipster beards, the low-rise pants, the awful makeup, the skinny jeans– your kids and grandkids will be cringing in exactly the same way.

    • Melba Narberth

      December 24, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Thank you! Hipster beards combined with Buddy Holly glasses are the worst fashion trend in world history.

      • Grandpa

        March 23, 2017 at 5:45 am

        I’ve had my beard since 1978 and I’m not shaving it of for anyone. I knew if I had it long enough that it would be fashionable again. I’m not a hipster but I thank them for making moustache wax available abain

    • kenneth keeling

      January 4, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Them pants were so tight, along with the Afros platform shoes the higher the better, and again them pants I didn’t know were to put you know what, but wore them , and Afro picks, thinking about them my God

    • Tony

      April 11, 2017 at 9:07 am

      There’ll come back?? In about 20 years

  2. Lynneth

    December 11, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Thankyou SO much! I haven’t laughed like that for a long time! And to think that I lived through that!!

  3. BFD

    December 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    The little girl’s dresses are cute.

  4. George Cantstandya

    December 14, 2015 at 2:38 am

    I will take 70’s fashions anytime over the stuff we have today , like the underwear sticking out and people with all their tattoos.

    • Me

      December 23, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      I agree, and I’m from the 80s, born that is.

      Fashion has never sucked so much as it has now. People who think now is better are retarded.

      • Kathleen

        January 5, 2016 at 6:05 am

        Please, for the sake of those who are academically challenged and have feelings, use another word!

    • Donald

      January 1, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      Go George! Tattoos on cute girls suck.

  5. Nate

    December 14, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Wait, one of these has a website address on them? Back to the Future…

    • Mister

      December 17, 2015 at 2:12 am

      I caught that, as well. There were at least two with website URLs on them – clearly not from the 1970s.

      • PintOfGravy

        January 1, 2016 at 11:12 pm

        Guys,those are genuine 70’s ads but the Images were obviously found on websites and blogs that had put ‘watermarks’ on them.

  6. Dudeist Priest

    December 14, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Thank god Disco died & Ballroom came back…

  7. Mister

    December 17, 2015 at 2:13 am

    The first one is from a martial arts supplier’s catalog. That’s not reflecting fashion, really. Of course non-binding pants would be desirable to their patrons. They sell similar merchandise today.

  8. Me

    December 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I’m sorry but they were more creative, inventive and broad minded then.

    Today you have a culture of morons with ability to create something new.

    I’ll wear a Caftan or Kaftan anyday over a tracksuit or the same dull pair of jeans.

  9. Kajhg

    December 26, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Omg I actually like how much sexier the men dressed! Tighter clothing instead of today’s bagginess that hides the thighs and package!

    • Naias

      January 3, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      I agree wholeheartedly!

  10. Mitch Thundercok

    December 29, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    This proves we were ok with gays even back then.

  11. Dune Zunetastic

    December 30, 2015 at 12:36 am

    This is great, in a nightmarish kind of way. The guy that looks like Haley Joel Osment in an orange jumpsuit is from a contemporary Halloween Costume site. So that one is disqualified. The rest are uber-70s enough on their own. Much of these seem to be British concoctions and many are from the 70s gay underground (feigning as theater culture) magazines like “After Dark”. When the time capsule is opened, we can remember the time when the men covered their ears under big hair and their ‘bump-toe-shooed’ feet under big bell-bottoms.

  12. Lupe

    December 30, 2015 at 11:05 am

    The funny part of this is that, in 30 years or so, someone will be saying the same thing about today’s fashions.

    They did it in the 70’s about the 30’s and 40’s and so the cycle continues.

    What’s funny to me is that a lot of today’s fashion (hair and clothes) is SOMEWHAT reminiscent of the 50’s.

    Oh wel…

  13. David

    December 30, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    It’s because of this that polyesters are almost extinct in the wild.

    I remember when herds of them ran free.

    • Jack

      January 2, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Me too!!

  14. OzJay

    December 31, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Very Funny. But for the most part not even remotely real. Most of these “fashions” are the equivalent of the outlandish designer fantasies that you still see on Paris runways today. Nobody ever actually wore them. I never once saw any 70s man wearing a one-piece jumpsuit, and I challenge anyone to find photographic evidence that anyone did in everyday life. That said, we did wear body-hugging clothes, flairs, platform shoes and wildly colourful, patterned shirts. The fashion then was fun, sexy and allowed for personal expression. Today everyone is wears the same shapeless low-slung jeans and a checked shirt. Fashion has never been more boring.

    • N. Weber

      March 17, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      When my husband and I married in 1982, I got rid of a lot of his bachelor clothes, INCLUDING two polyester jumpsuits…one in lime green and the other neon orange. He had them made for himself when stationed in Spain in the military.

  15. WendyB

    December 31, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    What is it about 70s male models that makes them all look like they’re about to step onto a porn movie set?

    • Tex

      January 1, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Gay pornography set.

  16. jo

    January 3, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Horrible! I did not dress like that in the 70’s and neither did any of my friends – we would have completely scorned each other out for doing so…. except of course for the beautiful Farrah hair!

  17. kenneth keeling

    January 4, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Thinking back I did like Disco, and believe me the music has come full circle, the beat is just like the 70s so suck it up guys that hate the 70s music I know i’m a DJ

  18. Justin Forde

    February 4, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Some of them look like outfits worn by alien races in Star Trek.

    • Jamie

      March 27, 2017 at 9:49 am

      I was thinking the same!

  19. Jack

    March 1, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    A few repeats. #27 is from the Oompa-Loompa collection.

  20. david

    March 1, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I’m pretty sure that the guy in the brown jumpsuit shorts thing is the actor David Soul, of Starsky and Hutch fame on television. He once lived in Shreveport LA, and married a local actress who was Robert Redford’s wife in “The Candidate”. She was also a regular on Dallas and In The Heat of the Night tv show. Anyway, I am from Shreveport, and they have a son who lives here now. David did some modeling before his acting career.

  21. Duderonymous

    March 15, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Chuck Norris promoted his own brand of jeans with elastic in the crotch. Never can forget that.

  22. VintageGeek

    March 21, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Dress Greens and Fatigues filled my closet for most of that decade. No regrets.

  23. Freakingtothe70's

    March 23, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Well looking at all the clothes, it was fun while it lasted and the clothes were actually Made in the USA.

  24. Weewah

    March 27, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Many of these looks are really dancing/party clothes; disco was HUGE. These wouldn’t have been worn for every day, and not at work – particularly in Mid-America. There we’re leaning a little more toward the knitted and crocheted looks. Woe to the man whose mother crocheted! These were dorky back then too.

  25. blank reg

    August 31, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    The thing to remember is nobody outside of a gay bar actually wore this crap.

  26. TobiS

    February 6, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Haha, in times of photoshop these guys would look like they have two pairs of socks in the underpants….this ad is much more “normal” than today.

  27. John

    March 12, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Do you realize that no men & very few women ever wore these fashions. They are just Catalogue advertising.

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  29. Tom c

    March 26, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    As a man of the 70’s, I must say, there is no reason why a single one of these fashions should ever return. Even as a joke.

  30. Carrie

    March 30, 2017 at 10:54 am

    LoL… had a good laugh… lets keep them forgotten

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