You can sort of start to see the late 70s bell bottoms look in some of them. Here, we are in that awkward era right before that so the pant styles just sort of thrashed about (with matching jackets no less). When it came to 70s pants, the look was long and lean. Heck here they even have VERTICAL striping to make them look even longer!
Only women could get away with this look. This style of pants on a guy would immediately label him a nerd (as if the calculator on the belt didn't give that away already). In college we had an engineering prof who wore these types of pants. We nicknamed him "Zipper". Yea I know, we were mean, and he was a really great guy to boot. Oh well.
As if the ridiculously narrow waist on these things wasn't enough, here they accentuate that with some kind of a wide belt that looks like something off a geisha girl. What? Why not throw in tiny shoes that deformed the feet while you're at it? Perhaps the scarfs were some kind of fashion requirement with these things? The combination is quite odd, wouldn't you say?
As we know, all fashion trends start off as cutting edge and then evolve inexorably to some ridiculous extreme before going extinct (only to be recycled again in a few years). It's kind of like how the dinosaurs reached their most outrageous sizes right before their demise. To see this development for these high rise pants, one only has to take a look below....
So there you have it. Proof positive that the 70s had no room for the low slung trousers of today. We can only hope that this style comes back. They may have looked a bit strange, but it certainly beats than alternative we have today!
WAIT, WAIT, don't leave yet! We have a special BONUS pic! As I was browsing casually amongst the archives (and getting ideas for next week) I happened across this gem and just couldn't resist myself!