Poised for a Comeback: Men’s Belted Sweaters

Just give it five years and this whole manly heritage clothing trend will give way for the return of the belted sweater made of yarn. Oh yeah.

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Tim February 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm


Scott W. February 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm

April Fools? That’s not for another couple months.

Joe Colucci February 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I think you just mean the return of the tunic–picture above looks like it’d be as at home in 1370 as 1970…

Dan February 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Those are just the worst… Maybe if they were a different material?

Jeremy February 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Those are hilarious!

Also hilarious….those who seem to think you seriously think these should have a comeback.

Jamie February 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Only if we get to grow mullets too.

Claude February 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I just wanna know where you subscribe to Men in Belted Sweaters the magazine. Looks like a great read.

Jon February 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Id wear the vest over a shirt and tie maybe.

BILL M February 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm

NO WAY … Are you kidding? Those sweaters should be being pushed on the Art of Womeness site if there is one.

Russ Wood February 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

What is it the water? I’ll stick to my masculine ways and styles rather than turn in my man card. Belted sweaters?!? Son of a…..

Mark February 23, 2012 at 8:48 am

OK Brett, when is your birthday? I can talk to my wife with the ‘mad knitting skills’. ;-)

Frank Martin | Modern Monkey Mind February 23, 2012 at 11:24 am

Anybody that thinks this is serious obviously hasn’t been reading the site for very long. Brett posts this sort of stuff every once in a blue moon as a joke. Still, got a nice little chuckle when I saw it. This has gotta be the LEAST manly thing I’ve seen in a while. Just shows how screwy fashion trends can be.

pcoq February 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Something for the queer crowd.

N. Rupp February 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm

All I can do is smile. No doubt they’ll come back. It doesn’t make them any less farsicle and it doesn’t make them any more manly. The title says, “Poised for a Comeback…” not, “Real Men Wear…”. That’s the best part of manhood, independent decision making. Volition.

Wendy February 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm

To Dan, below. Maybe if they were a different material? Really? Then you’d wear it? These sweaters are hysterical. Love it!

Chris February 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm

No. Just no.

C. Glenn February 23, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Oh my poor bleeding eyeballs…

Brian February 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm

The guy on the lower left looks a little chilly….

Jeff T February 24, 2012 at 11:33 am

Followed by ‘The Bro.’ and ‘Guy Liner’

Billo February 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

Just say no.

Aaron February 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I think I’m going to pass on this opportunity. Thanks though…

M.Glenn February 25, 2012 at 11:29 am

nothing like causing such negativity and disgust with vintage fashion photos. made me laugh. but history does have a habit of repeating itself, especially in fashion.

scott B. February 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

why do i feel like I’m looking at artist proofs for the next Shreck movie?

Kirby G. February 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm

This photo says, Pimp + Court Jester + Brady Bunch + Robin Hood + Hippie = 1970′s
I would assume this company is no longer in business or changed their business model.

Charles February 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Really! REALLY!

Stator February 26, 2012 at 2:31 am

Hmm… No. Tunicae foedissimae sunt!

Matt Payne February 26, 2012 at 11:55 am

I’m not so sure about these sweaters, but I would definitely welcome the return of the Norfolk Jacket – similar idea, but more classically stylish.

Will Aitchison February 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

While I’m NOT a fan of anything resembling ’70s styles, the blue one (top middle) reminds me of the old 1700s colonial waistcoats…

Tom February 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I’ve always wondered if men (and women) from the 1970′s knew they looked ridiculous. I grew up in the 80′s and thought acid-wash jeans, overly permed hair, and parachute pants were ludicrous back then and refused to wear them. Most of my clothes were Levi 501s and t-shirts. Did many men in the 70′s look at a double-knit polyester leisure suit, ill-fitting and sweaty, or these inane sweaters and think, “hey, I’m stylin’ !”? Even when you see a picture of a guy in a suit back then, the cut always seems unflattering, with creases, bulges and usually too tight. Horrible material as well.

Steve February 27, 2012 at 7:22 am

These are great tools for men. Wear one of these sweaters and you’ll get lots of practice in bare knuckle fighting, as you’ll most certainly have many people picking on you. Of course, they’ll be laughing so hard, you’ll be able to catch them off guard.

Tess February 27, 2012 at 9:08 am

@Tom: As someone who was a teen in the ’70′s, I can say– it varied. Yeah, sometimes we knew we looked ridiculous, but other times– not so much. The last guy in the photos up there, look at that grin and the way he’s got his wrist cocked. He *knows* he looks like a dink and he’s sharing the joke!

On the other hand, as a young teen I clearly remember deeply longing for a certain outfit from the Sears catalog that I did not receive. This year, I stumbled across a site that had a Sears catalog from the 70′s scanned in. As I was paging through it– guess what? There was my dream outfit, studded elephant leg flares, poor-boy shrunken sweater and all.

My reaction? Shocked horrified recognition at first, then gales of laughter. And belated but deep gratitude to my Mom’s better taste in the past, for buying me a boring pair of regular jeans and a normally sized sweater instead.

Although even her taste could be warped by the crazed atmosphere of the times. A few years later, she let me go out of the house in a pair of snowy white jeans that had a big colorful butterfly applique centered smack dab on the center back seam. When I walked, that butterfly would— yeah, you get the idea. So even sensible conservative Moms sometimes were blinded by 70′s flash!

Dave M February 27, 2012 at 9:25 am

not no, but HELL NO!! But it was good for a laugh.

What Can I Do With A Philosophy Degree? February 27, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I’m opening an Etsy store for this right now. I’m ridin’ the wave to lucrative financial success on this one, you better believe it!

Laura February 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I would so wear these! Of course I am a woman! I also knit! I would NEVER knit one of these for my husband or son…. not even if they asked…. of course they would not! I love the vintage 1970′s look of men’s styles. It is soo not today’s style… it makes me laugh! Like how in the world would a man wear those…. But then again… men in the 1970′s wore flowers all over their shirts and blouses that woman would wear now. I guess, at that time these were “conservative”?!?!?

Kyle February 29, 2012 at 5:58 am

I know this is a joke but if I ever saw someone wearing one of these I would have to beat them, burn the sweater so they would have a minimal chance to get their man card back. I mean a very MINIMAL CHANCE to get it back.

Ak-adventurer March 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

OK,the sweaters are bad. But seriously, nobody has noticed how feminine (or gay!) those hats are???

Peter March 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I like a couple of them; the ones with the sleeves not the Robin Hood type w/out sleeves. I like the top left and bottom right ones only. I think of Mitch Mitchell and Noel Rdedding of the Jimi Hendrix Exprience with those photos. Kindda cool.

Dustin B March 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm

The nice thing about these is that you can tuck your hands into the belt, kind of like a pocket, but no hand check required. Oh yeah!

Ed June 8, 2012 at 5:58 am

I hope not ,that’s the most feminine look clothes I’ve seen. My wife wears something similar

GBY June 19, 2012 at 6:22 am

Oh, hell no!!

Kyle July 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

If these ever come back in style I’ll give up on men as a whole, just dress traditional cause the classic men look never goes out, plus why in the world are they wearing a hat that was made In smurf land for pimps, ugh

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