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PHOTOS: Vintage Fashion Ads From The 1980s

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Ryan Murphy’s production of The Normal Heart was remarkable for a number of reasons, but in between the incredible performances, the compelling script and Matt Bomer’s bare ass were some pretty great ’80s fashions. Below, let’s take a catwalk down Memory Lane with some vintage ads detailing the best (and worst) from the decade of excess and parachute pants.

Contempo Casual

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Business Casual

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Executive Realness

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Swimwear and Active Wear

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What did I tell you about those parachute pants? No beach look should be complete without them.

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           May 31, 2014
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  • 14 Comments
    • pierre
      pierre

      Oh god, remember the International Male catalogue??

      May 31, 2014 at 4:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billy Budd
      Billy Budd

      Hot men have always existed. But the 80’s were a mistake fashionwise.

      May 31, 2014 at 4:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hudson
      hudson

      @pierre: lol. yup and thinking it was all hot.

      May 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • samwise343
      samwise343

      I promise you, 30 years in the future, people will laugh about what we wear now.

      May 31, 2014 at 11:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hotshot70
      hotshot70

      @pierre, I LOVED IM catalogs. The models showed bulge with detail! Before I was old enough to legally buy gay porn magazines, those IM and Undergear catalogs helped me thru those “LONG” nights!

      May 31, 2014 at 11:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache99
      Stache99

      I think that’s why allot of them were laughing. You’d be laughing too if you had to pose in allot of that cheese wear.

      Jun 1, 2014 at 12:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stefano
      Stefano

      @samwise343 : exactly !

      Jun 1, 2014 at 10:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • carey579
      carey579

      The 80s and even up to the point in the 90s – it seemed they were unapologetic about downright SEXY men.

      Jun 1, 2014 at 11:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • robho3
      robho3

      OMG I had that fur lined leather jacket! What was I thinking?

      Jun 1, 2014 at 4:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • barkomatic
      barkomatic

      Ok I’ll just say it–I used to love 80’s clothes. The guys in the ads are hot no matter what they wear. Lol

      Jun 1, 2014 at 10:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JackT
      JackT

      This montage is best viewed with the soundtrack of Duran Duran’s Rio playing.

      Jun 2, 2014 at 8:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien
      Mezaien

      Do they have to be all whites?.

      Jun 3, 2014 at 12:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ocdj63
      ocdj63

      Nothing worse then Hot men from the 80’s in colors disturbing to nature. Umm my whole graduating class…go ’81. You should see my COLOR yearbook photo outfit.

      Jul 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • domen8r
      domen8r

      listen, i still get the International Male catalog. And enjoy them.

      Sep 16, 2014 at 11:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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