Sex, which doesn't require any clothes, has long been used to sell them over the years. In the '80s, a teenage Brooke Shields told the world that nothing comes between her and her Calvins. The controversial ads raised eyebrows for their overt sexual appeal, but long before Brooke's Calvin Klein campaign, the fashion industry did its best to seduce customers — and it still does today. As New York Fashion Week kicks off today, let's look at some sexy, and sometimes sexist, vintage fashion ads.
I'm sure some groups were not so pleased with this Jesus jeans ad.
"Show how you feel" with these sweatshirts and a little afternoon delight.
What? I'm just feeling the fit.
Nothing like some boots to get you in the mood.
These jeans show off your curves.
Ooh la la.
He's just checking out her "pool skills."
It's a couple of wranglers.
Those sunglasses just reel the ladies in.
I mean, "have you ever had a bad time in Levi's?"
This "stretchy seat" underwear is ready for getting down to business.
I don't want to see this man doing that position in his "birthday suit."
Marky Mark and Kate were looking good in their Calvins.
The Snuggie suit for going out on the town.
Ah, the goodbye kiss — how romantic.
Is she wearing anything under than raincoat?
A couple who wears matching all-denim outfits together, stays together. Ooh . . . except for Brit and JT.
"Every man wants his woman on a pedestal," but that "woman" looks more like Shirley Temple than an age-appropriate date.
It's basically a fail-safe protection method. He's not getting in there.
Hey, shorties, "things happen" when you wear platform shoes.
Why is the woman's face always near the crotch region?
This "Happy Legs" polyester pantsuit is shameful in itself. But perhaps it will divert the attention away from Rebecca's sexual shame come Monday morning.
She's showing some skin there.
And for an example of an ad with unintentionally homosexual undertones, there's this pajamas ad for men.
Just another naked lady selling grandpa sweaters.
What? We're not gay — just two adult men paling around in our boxers.
Three's a crowd?
"Socks appeal" . . . get it?
She doesn't looked "bowled over" to me.
Yep, those "strutting styles" will definitely win her over.
With a Canadian tuxedo like that, he's for sure scoring tonight.
Slacks fit for all kinds of strenuous action . . . like sleeping in the doghouse when his wife comes home to this.
Who knew cotton could be sexy?
And no, this purse does not double as a loincloth.
And we're back to the heads-by-the-crotch pics.
She's showing off her sexy stems.
Nothing goes better together than a big hat, leotard, and matching tights.
Jeans that turn a dud into a stud.
Get that "marry-a-millionaire" look.
Wow. That's all I can say.
"You can finger their wonderful quality," so do it!
Hmm . . . I don't know about that.
I have a feeling she'd turn this guy down.