Vintage Style #2: Winston Cigarette Pants

from LIFE magazine, Ocotober 13, 1972
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Does it get any more 70s than big flared Winston cigarette pants? This is one of those cases where if I saw someone wearing them I don't know if I would either (A) be impressed or (B) double over laughing.

I simply can't think of anything more out of vogue than bell bottom cigarette pants. It just doesn't get any worse... okay, maybe I'm wrong - it does get worse... a lot worse.

Anyway, I guess I should be specific: I can't think of a worse example of consumer product apparel than Winston cigarette pants. Maybe if there were such a thing as Crisco pants, or Summer's Eve pants, or ShamWow pants, but there's not... so these are the worst.

Along similar lines, see a previous post on Budweiser fashions for children (pic) and a post on the Diet Rite trucker shirt (pic).


  1. My wife's best friend would wear those pants.

  2. I don't know if you could pay me enough to wear those.

  3. I'd love tyo have a pair of Winston pants now. I'd wear them with a liberal dose of irony.

  4. For some reason it doesn't seem like it would look quite as bad on on a woman. I think a man would get beat for wearing something like this.

    BTW: The gang with the tight sweater vests over the turtle neck sweaters was an actual Christian group called Country Church. The picture is from their album cover.

  5. I'd love to get a pair of these pants
    along with matching floppy hat and tote bag!

    I'm going on vacation next week. Might have to hit some serious thrift stores!

  6. Those pants are hilarious!
    Especially because cigarette pants are usually a very slim fitting style.

  7. Woah! Cigarette pants are an actual style? I'll be damned. I followed your link hairball and was flummoxed.

    Something tells me that when (not if!) they make marijuana legal, you're going to see a lot of these effed up styles return. This sort of fashion only makes sense when viewed through a thick cloud of marijuana smoke.

  8. I would totally love to have a pair of those.

    Now, I don't know what I'd do with them. I don't think you could pay me enough to wear them either, seriously, even if I were by myself. And I can't imagine displaying them... And yet... they could still offer me joy in a drawer somewhere.