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70s & 80s Men’s Fashion: Styles That Are Making a Comeback

by Madisyn Taylor on September 03, 2021

Ready to upgrade your wardrobe? We’ve got some inspiration. Let’s take a look at the style and swagger that powered men’s fashion in the 70s and 80s.


Men’s fashion in the 70s and 80s

Business was booming in the 1970s and 80s. And men at the time made some money … actually, they made a lot of money. And they spent it on elaborate apparel that stood out and signaled confidence.

The retro 70s and 80s men’s fashion saw color, shape, and material like never before. And those trends are making a comeback — all you have to know is how to style them.


Men’s 70s fashion

It was bold. It was daring. It was disco-inspired. 70s men’s fashion was all about mixing colors, patterns, and materials for dashing looks. Not to mention, 1970s trends have stood the test of time.

 

Key 70s fashion trends

Let’s explore the top men’s fashion trends from the 1970s. Plus, get tips on how to update each retro outfit for a contemporary look.

 

The oh-so deep v shirt

 

Back then:

Picture lots of chest hair, strong lapels, and no closed buttons in sight.

Right now:
Pop open your favorite button-down or invest in a solid deep V shirt for a sharp look.

 

Say goodbye to pleats


Back then:

The 70s were jam-packed with high-waisted, wide-leg pants. And most importantly, everyone skipped the pleat.

Right now:
Look fresh with flat-front pants and a stylish button-down or blazer.

 

 

Corduroy, corduroy, corduroy


Back then:
Jackets, pants, shirts. You name it, it was corduroy.

Right now:
Inspire your next look with neutral and natural corduroy layers.

 

Neckties for days

Back then:
They were short, they were wide, they were 70s neckties.

Right now:
Tuck a thick tie under your favorite vest or sweater for a vintage flare.

 

Busy prints!

Back then:
From patchwork leather jackets to busy dress shirts and button-downs, the 70s truly had patterns down pat.

Right now:
Layer short busy prints over solid pieces for an inspired, interesting style.

 

The slightly-heeled boot

Back then:
Leather boots and platform soles took 70s men’s fashion to new heights.

Right now:
Reach for a slightly-heeled boot this winter — you’ll thank us later.

 

 

Tons of turtlenecks

Back then:
A neutral turtleneck under a blazer was the outfit of all outfits.

Right now:
Neutral tones are in. And the high collar is perfect if deep necklines aren’t your thing.

 

The double-denim tuxedo

Back then:
Ah, the denim jacket on denim jeans — the timeless combo.

Right now:
Honestly, will the double-denim tuxedo ever go out of style? We don’t think so.

 

Men’s 80s fashion

Loud prints, busy colors, and interesting silhouettes — this was what 80s men’s fashion was like. And the good news is, you can use these elements to inspire your next outfit.

 

Key 80s fashion trends

Curious about how 80s men brought the street style? Discover the top fashion trends of the time, and learn how each one is making a comeback.

 

Slim leg jeans

Back then:
80s guys rocked the pleated, acid wash jean.

Right now:
Keep the wash light and the ankles cuffed for a fitted style.

 

Suits on suits on suits

Back then:
Miami Vice. Need we say more?

Right now:
Reach for linens, pastels, and double-breasted sets.

 

Rolled up sleeves

Back then:
Blazers, sweaters, jackets — every sleeve was rolled up.

Right now:
Push longer sleeves up near the elbow to show off your forearms.

 

Big leather jackets

Back then:
Oversized leather was hip as heck.

Right now:
It’s still true. And it’s never too late to rock a big leather jacket — especially if there’s sherpa lining involved.

 

Pastel palettes

Back then:
Neons, pastels, and preppy looks reigned supreme.

Right now:
Reach for the pastels and neutral tones to curate a contemporary (but inspired) wardrobe.

 

Calling all sneakerheads

Back then:
High tops, the Adidas Samba, and velcro. If you pulled out your laces and tongue, even better.

Right now:
Talk to your local sneakerhead and you’ll find the vintage looks still crush.

 

Big, Silky, Flowy Shirts

Back then:
Geometric prints fueled the 80s. Think big, flowy, and silky.

Right now:
Mix and match geometric and floral patterns to show off your vintage style.

 

 

Perfect the parachute pant

Back then:
Parachute pants were big, they were loud, and they made it easy to bust moves on the dance floor.

Right now:
High-end joggers have taken over, and we’re ok with that ;)

 

If you look around, you’ll notice tons of 70s and 80s men’s fashion trends are still around today. Use those timeless trends to inspire confidence (and inspire your wardrobe).

Want more expert style tips? Check out our blog to read more.

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