Men in the 70s
As the 60s turned into the 70s, things began to change for both sexes.
Men were made to begin taking on some new roles, were allowed to let their sensitive side show, experienced a drastic change in fashion trends, and certainly were different than their fathers of the 1950s.
The fact that more women in the 70s were working outside the house certainly had an impact on the decade’s men.
As moms packed up their briefcases or lunch bags and headed out to work each morning, fathers began to take more responsibility in the home. It wasn’t unusual for dad to get the kids off to school or pick them up from after school programs and then get the dinner started, especially in the later years of the 70s.
Whereas in the 50s and 60s it would have been unheard of for the father to change diapers, men in the 70s performed this task, perhaps with a bit of hesitation.
Nevertheless, most men in the 70s still worked outside the home, traveling to their job each morning and getting home in time for dinner. At night, many were content to gather with the family while others headed out to service-organization meetings, a night with the bowling league, or with the guys.
When men of the 70s headed to the office, they still wore suits and other proper work attire. However, when it was time to go out for some fun, they donned the interesting fashions of the 70s.
Leisure wear included bellbottoms, brightly colored shirts, and – later in the decade – one-piece jumpsuits in stretchy spandex-type fabrics. It took a very confident 70s man to wear one of these.
Other trends dictated the look of the 70s male. Mustaches were very popular in the 1970s. They weren’t thin and wimpy but quite full and bushy.
A large percentage of men in the U.S. had mustaches, influenced by 70s celebrities like Burt Reynolds and – at the end of the decade – Tom Selleck. Men believed this facial hair was quite sexy and so did most women.
For men in the 70s, the hair on top of their head was a big deal, too. Though some men in the early part of the decade may have still had the long hair that was so popular in the late 60s, styles changed as the decade waned.
Hair got shorter and it wasn’t unusual for men to have perms – the curly hair that was once only popular with females. Afros were all the rage as well. As a matter of fact, the Afro paired with a jumpsuit was the perfect look for a night at the disco.