Casual vintage ’80s menswear, from polo shirts to tracksuits

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Casual '80s menswear from the 1983 JC Penney catalog

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Casual ’80s menswear: Marketing jazzy new loungewear lines

Fashion and custom have long offered women attractive clothing for lounging. But it’s as if history and the fashion industry turned their backs on men.

What does a man put on when he takes off his business suit or sports jacket and casual slacks?

Geoffery Blythe of the Red Barn says, “We don’t have loungewear; we have sleepwear — pajamas, nightshirts and robes. For lounging, a jogging outfit is good. Every college kid is wearing one; they can sit around the fraternity house in it, then go out for a beer without changing.”

Tracksuits and activewear the stars of casual ’80s menswear

As more and more people took up jogging, they also put on outfits designed especially for it. And they liked them, says Michael Dorris, assistant manager at Marjax Enterprises at Long Ridge Mall in Greece.

“It’s a hit, absolutely; there’s no question about it,” he says. People buy jogging suits for both lounging and jogging.

Pam Pugliese, sales representative for menswear designer Ron Chereskin, certainly hopes so. Chereskin’s line of mauve, purple and blue cotton velour jogging suits was introduced this year in the $90 price range in such “forward fashion” men’s shops as Casa de Hombre, on Oxford Street. The success of the line, which sold out immediately, may indicate an eager market for men’s loungewear.

– Adapted from The Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York) – March 27, 1983

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Casual ’80s menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog

Browse this whole section of casual clothing for men from the 1983 JCPenney catalog!

Hunt Club collection of spirited classic clothing for men
Casual ’80s menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Cable-knit and striped sweaters for men
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Soft 'n' warm Orlon acrylic pullovers, cardigans, V-neck sweaters and turtlenecks for men
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Zipper-collar pullovers and sporty velour knit V-neck pullovers for men
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Par Four pullovers and striped shirts for men - plus slacks in gray, mocha, olive, khaki and navy blue
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
The Fox polo shirts for men and boys
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Get sporty, guys! Vintage Hunt Club clothes
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Tweed slacks, plaid shirts, khaki pants, corduroy slacks (cords) and webbed cotton belts for guys
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Action Master stretch jeans for men in dark wash and blue denim
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Stretch polyester gabardine jeans with slightly-flared legs, plus stretch cotton-blend jeans with zipper fly
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Reach clothing for men
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Trendy eighties activewear for guys
Casual ’80s menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Levi's activewear from the '80s
Name-brand activewear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Sporty actionwear for men - Apparatus sweatpants, crew-neck shirts, V-neck shirts, sweatshorts and zipper front workout jackets
Casual ’80s menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Thermal-lined knit jackets, hoodies and vests
Casual ’80s menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Vintage '80s novelty t-shirts for guys
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Loafer shirts for guys who love to take it easy
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Fleeced shirts, sweatshirts and other outwear, plus cotton-blend shirts with contrasting color collars
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Fashionable '80s guys all dressed up for a movie-night date
Casual ’80s menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
'80s pullovers, shirts with hoods, striped shirts and casual sportswear for men
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Stonewashing: Some of these jeans are literally thrown into the washer with stones to beat the stiffness out of them
Casual menswear from the eighties – 1983 JCPenney catalog
Levi's t-shirts and chambray shirts
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Vintage Levi's boot-cut jeans and Wrangler jeans for men
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Basic slacks for men, with straight legs and made of polyester
Casual ’80s menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Retro stonewashed denim jackets, vests and jeans
Casual ’80s menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
'80s Wrangler denim jeans and corduroy jeans
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Stylish sportswear for men
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Classic pocket polo shirts with ribbed necks and short sleeves - also sleeveless polo t-shirts
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Pro-rated for sports! Fahion for men
Casual ’80s menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Vintage sportswear brands for men - Nike, Adidas, Puma
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Guys dressed up in casual chic fashion
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Oxford Sport workout and casualwear - pouch shirt, walking shorts and Turtles Oxford shoes in tan and brown
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Oxford Sport striped cotton-knit sweaters
Casual menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog
Eighties pullover sweaters and velour jackets for men
Casual ’80s menswear from the 1983 JCPenney catalog

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