If we were to rank every article of clothing from most to least cool, the sweater vest would have to be at the very bottom. Sweater vests are the domain of college statistics professors and off-duty pastors. Definitely NOT the fashion-forward.
But what if I told you there was time when not only were sweater vests common, but popular? That time was the 1970’s. It seems absurd, but back then a company could put out a catalog chock full of sweater vests and not immediately go bankrupt.
And if we’re not careful, we could go back to that time. Let’s all make sure that doesn’t happen. To reinforce that goal, check out some examples of 70’s sweater vests below.
1. You came to the wrong neighborhood.
When it comes to street gangs, the Besties In Vesties just couldn’t compete with the Crips and the Bloods.
2. Say no to fleece.
How many Muppets had to give up their lives to make those vests? Shameful.
3. Bad sign.
Todd realized the polyamorous arrangement was in trouble when Jeff and Marcy began coordinating their outfits without him.
4. It’s not a vest, it’s a lifestyle.
You’ve heard of pre-ripped jeans. These vests come already smelling like weed.
5. His & Hers
If I ever start a cult, I know what I’m making everyone wear.
6. Sunflower Power
It’s nice how they’re reversible because that’s basically double the outfits. Very handy when you live on a commune and your diet is entirely based on on alpaca milk.
7. Neon Dreams
This was also the cover of the Fall 1977 issue of Sugardaddy Monthly.
8. Double Your Pleasure
Those sweaters are actually Magic Eye patterns. If you stare at them long enough, you can see their sexual frustration.
9. Banjo Hero
His O-face is the same as his banjo face.
10. The Outlaws
All three of these men were arrested for plum smuggling.
11. Welcome to the 5th dimension.
Wearing these sweaters is cheaper and safer than dropping acid.
12. Child Abuse
Boys love to dress up as three things: cowboys, soldiers, and Match Game host Gene Rayburn.
13. Dynamic Duo
Pictured: Siegfried and Roy moments before buying their first tiger.
14. Where do I even start?
Is it possible to OD on the 70’s? I guess we’re about to find out.
15. Rainbow Connection
Not actually a sweater vest, but you probably don’t mind.
h/t: Vintage Everyday