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Old Things That Are Tough To Explain: The Ugly 1970s

October 29, 2017

There’s a Decade Day at my oldest daughter’s school next week, and she’s deciding how to dress up. She’s leaning toward the 1980s or 1950s, but I think she’s missing out on the best decade.

If I ever get to dress up for Decade Day (I think I’ve aged out of these things), I know which one I’d choose. It’s a no-brainer.

I’d dress up as the ugly 1970s.

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Maybe “ugly” isn’t the right word, but everybody knows what I mean. (image via wikimedia)

It’s tough to explain the fashion sense of the 1970s to my daughters.  Whenever they watch a movie from that decade, they cringe and say something like, “How could they wear that?” or “What made them think that looked good?”

Every decade has a reputation.  The 1950s were cool because of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and a bunch of tuff cars.  The 1960s had the counter cultural stuff with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and lots of drugs.  They were cool too.  But the 1970s?   That decade still had the drugs, but those came with ugly hair, bell bottoms, weird color combinations, and big collars.  None of that is cool.  And it was kind of ugly.

There was some good music from the 1970s, but you don’t look at music, at least you didn’t in the 1970s. …

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