Looking at any shows of the ’70s you will notice that men wore shorts really shorts! Men’s shorts in the 1970s expressed in the strongest terms their name. I know, maybe there’s someone who will not find anything nice to see the thigh and the hair of a boy. But just as with the miniskirt, the ultra-short shorts deserved respect and maybe it’s time to retake them.
When shorts were really shorts
The length of the shorts was essentially the same in the 1970s, for both men and women. But today there is a big difference: female shorts are considerably shorter. Our culture has changed and only women are now allowed to “reveal” a little more. Over the course of time we added a bit more shaming to the vision of our bodies. All men’s clothes – not just shorts – have become less and less slim fit and were created to leave too much fantasy for imagination and less to physicality.
Of course, you have to be comfortable with your body to be able to wear this type of shorts. Some guys don’t wear shorts for fear of showing too much of their leg. But one of the biggest problems we have with men’s shorts is the size. Most of men seems to prefer wider and “spacious” shorts and they forgot if they go well on the back and thighs. And the 70’s style, shorter and closer, can give a hand on that problem.
Tips about 70s Men Vintage Shorts
Whether it’s men’s shorts or 70s vintage shorts there are some rules that you have to follow.
You have to remain simple about color and how you match it. You can use colors like white, navy, gray and beige. If you like brightest colors you can use shades of red, green and yellow. But it’s always easier to match the shorts with pastel or lighter tones. And then you have to keep in mind what you are going to wear with shorts, paying attention to the colors (again!) and the cut of the other pieces that match with the shorts, making sure they are complementary.
In the end the only real problem of 70s men vintage shorts is that they have no pockets – also because it would be really useless!
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Photo: Giacinto Mozzetta