The Best & Worst Of 'International Male,' Summer 1986

A few months ago, in an exhaustive feat of research, we found the worst outfit in the International Male catalog. And then, over the weekend: A flea market find! Issues of International Male from Summer 1986. Rayon! Army shorts! Faux eyeglasses! Underwear! The best — meaning worst — of the pages, after the jump.

The Best & Worst Of 'International Male,' Summer 1986

Did you know that Rayon was the season's most important fabric in the summer of 1986? Did you know that her peculiar, unfortunate shirt was called an "angel top"? Well, now you do. International Male does God's work.



The Best & Worst Of 'International Male,' Summer 1986The beefy, blond Aryan type loses his appeal when he's in pseudo-military gear, in my opinion. It takes me back to when, as a wee lass, I found out Rolfe was a Nazi in the Sound Of Music. Sniff.

The Best & Worst Of 'International Male,' Summer 1986

"It's a natural! Just as natural as what my hand is doing in my pocket right now. It must be natural — it feels so good!"


The Best & Worst Of 'International Male,' Summer 1986

Which would you rather find out the man in your life wears: The supertrimmer? Or Le Masque? Think carefully.


The Best & Worst Of 'International Male,' Summer 1986

Oooh, "classics"! Denim short-shorts, camo bikini undies, chest-hair revealing tank tops and "Foreign Legion" brozner. Collect 'em all!


The Best & Worst Of 'International Male,' Summer 1986

The Key Largo shirt is mildly horrifying. The peach canvas suit is Miami Nice. But let's focus on the Dickens Glasses, shall we? Because it is taking all my power not to make a joke like, "They're called that because you wear them when you want to get a dick in you."


The Best & Worst Of 'International Male,' Summer 1986

Isn't it funny how all the '80s styles now are on svelte, emaciated hipster boys? These fashions look so different with a little hair and brawn thrown in.


The Best & Worst Of 'International Male,' Summer 1986

And by "For Her" they mean, "For when he feels like gettin' freaky."


The Best & Worst Of 'International Male,' Summer 1986

Just because this kind of shock and awe is a little unorthodox doesn't mean it's ineffective.


The Best & Worst Of 'International Male,' Summer 1986

The swimsuits of 1986 were actually quite tame when compared to what's going on over there now.


The Best & Worst Of 'International Male,' Summer 1986

Guido Slacks. 'Nuff said.


The Best & Worst Of 'International Male,' Summer 1986

The soft focus, the sad, subservient, irrelevant female, the women's underwear that looks like men's underwear: Genius.


The Best & Worst Of 'International Male,' Summer 1986

A new attitude! In unnecessary glasses! And is it me, or is that shoe on the right downright obscene?


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