Vintage Style #14: Pants!

Once upon a time, girls could wear skirts halfway up their thigh to school, but, heaven forbid, they wore slacks - they were sent directly home.  Alas, in the 1970s, for the first time in history, women wore (choke) PANTS! What the hell had happened? One day, I'm watching The Brady Bunch, and Carol is wearing slacks.... where'd the short dress go to? Honestly, they don't look as good and they can't be more comfortable.  No comprendo.

Anyway, here's a slideshow from various old catalogs, all featuring women in slacks. Some of them are straight up hideous, some not too bad.  Either way, they're fun to look at.   Enjoy!

Note: There's been some discussion on using Flickr slideshow.  Click the "4 arrows" icon on the bottom right to view the slideshow full size. Hit "escape" to return to Retrospace. If you hover your mouse over the top of the screen when it's expanded full screen, you can click forward and backward buttons.

If you know of a better image slideshow to embed in posts, I'd be interested to hear it.  This is not sarcasm - I really would like to hear it. :-)


  1. How are guys supposed to catch glimpses of panties now?! Blasphemy!

  2. Well, as a girl, I think pants can be much more comfortable than short dresses and skirts. For one thing, I don't need to worry about the way I sit... But nothing beats a long dress, or even a skirt below the knees in the comfort departement.

  3. Gilligan, thanks for explaining the Flicker gadget--seeing these giant flared slacks on full screen was awesome! (I liked the pages with the 'sassy bodysuits' best)

    Y'know, you're right that these don't compare to miniskirts; but I remember the years of women wearing these pants very well, and for some reason what I remember best is a lot of very shapely butts--maybe it was the style of the pants, but you look at these damn hip-hugger things that girls wear today, and I swear to God their bottoms are indistinguishable from guys!!

  4. Ah, the seventies. I say bring that time back, but no polyester pants!