It was also the peak of the Cold War - and the buzzkills at NATO totally harshed Germany’s mellow by suggesting that the long-haired look might give the wrong sort of impression to the USSR and the rest of the Eastern bloc.
Permission for the German soldiers to grow their hair long was first given in 1971, but they were also required to wear these particularly fetching hairnets.
Hey, it seems to work for Greggs the Bakers.
In the same year, facial hair was deemed acceptable, after a long period of enforced chin-nakedness.
However - due to concerns about lice, other potential parasitic infections, wasted time and expensive shampooing costs - the long hair experiment was largely dropped by 1972.
Good news for German Army barbers at least.
(Via Spiegel Online)
We found this guy’s blog, where he mainly just does it at Gap for some reason, but we reckon this could kick off a worldwide (ridiculous) trend.
Head to your nearest clothing retailer today - try on the exact same outfit one of the mannequins is wearing - then send the picture our way!