Who Wore Short Shorts? In The 1970s, Men Wore Short Shorts

By Karen Harris
Dan 'Grizzly Adams' Haggerty on 'Battle Of The Network Stars,' 1977. Photo by ABC via Getty Images

Have you ever noticed how revealing men's shorts were in the 1970s? Those shorts were short. The 1970s was a time of liberation, of "anything goes," and people were putting their bodies out there and feeling proud of them. The Woodstock era had taught us to be free, to question authority in general -- and in particular, to question traditional stuffy attire. If you've got it, flaunt it was one of the mantras of the '70s -- and on dance floors during the disco era, there was lots of flaunting going on. People simply weren't afraid to show skin, as they had been, and no body part had quite the coming-out party as the male leg did. Long pants were for dads and, like, bankers and businessmen. Shaggy hair and short shorts were a popular and perfectly fashionable combo.

What we call "shorts" today are, by '70s standards, a throwback to the ballooning knickerbockers of the early 20th century. If we're talking about wearing some groovy shorts, man -- they should be, you know, short