I was too young to fully experience the 70s fashions. However, I remember these very well; they were the type of clothing most put on when their going out to a disco. Obviously I was too small to go out clubbing, but we had enough house parties for me to have some idea of what it was like. These clothes appeared to almost be exclusive to going out and dancing. Which is mind-boggling, considering the fact that those pants was soo tight. The material they used for men’s pants was so ruff, I didn’t really feel comfortable dancing in them. Maybe this was because it was meant for men to keep a certain posture. Who knows? Everybody was wearing this style, Black, White, Spanish, it was almost universal in a way. I love the red and black, it sort-of reminds me of a bull fighter.
Yuk!! I don’t care how good looking a guy was, if he wore plaid, it would be a no go! LOLOLOL!!! I’m not sure why, but I absolutely hated plaid when I was young. It was just something about it that I hated. I wasn’t sure if it was the actual design, the colors, or the way the colors sit on the material. It didn’t matter if it was a shirt or a pant, I hated it if it was plaid. Now, the only exception was if he had on a Zoot Suit. Although it was rare that we saw plaid Zoot Suits (thank goodness), they seemed to be the exception to the rule.
I remember when my mom crocheted my first vest when I was about 4-5 years old. I loved that vest. It was red and black similar to the picture above. Later on, I started crocheting too. I remember in elementary school, one kid told me that he actually had a crochet class; I couldn’t believe it, simply because it wasn’t something that young boys did (allegedly). I was really amazed how comfortable he was acknowledging that he does it in class; then again it was something that all the students in his class participated in. I did some historical digging and found out that crocheting/knitting was something that was originally done exclusively by only men. Hmmm, finding that out was a shocker. I was inspired by the very handsome ex-football player/actor Rosey Grier. Rosey made big headlines back in the day, because if I remember correctly, he was the only man in football (only straight man in football); or any other sports for that matter, who came out as a person who loves to needlepoint! He’s done some really nice work! When I found this out, I was inspired to do it all, crochet, knit, tatting, rugs, macrame; and embroider. In the 70’s growing up, everywhere I looked someone guy was asking me to make them a kufi/skull caps; they were very popular back in the day. I have to say that, there was a lot of money to be made with those hand made sweaters and stuff. But it was kind of hard finding good clientele. A lot of people didn’t appreciate the money it cost for quality yarn, nor the work it took to make sweaters, etc, and didn’t want to cough up the money. Even the most basic scarf was work, because once you drop a stitch, sometimes you had to start all over again. Ahhhh, the seventies…. I really miss those days..
I know that some of you gonna pretend that you don’t remember these boots from the 80’s. I had a pair just like these in my 20’s. I used to call them Captain America boots, because they looked like all the boots that almost of the DC comic book characters wore. The funny part is I had a red pair. It’s crazy because, these boots were so hot in style back in the 80’s that, it was the only time guys were not made fun of for wearing colors outside the basic black, brown, and occasional white. Today you see guys wearing every color in the spectrum (with the exception of pink sneakers, those colors still remain to be exclusively a female color. Yet, how interesting that a number of men are rocking pink shirts though.. LOL).