We don't necessarily think of our parents and grandparents as cool, but that's only because we know them as they are now, when everything they do is embarrassing. But in our parents' day, they were cool, and when we see pictures of them in their heyday, it's a clear example of old school cool.
Today, when our parents sport their dorky fashions, like tucking in their polo shirts or wearing brightly colored windbreakers, they look ridiculous. But if you put them in context, around other people with similar styles, they make sense. And if you add just a little bit of swagger? Then you've got a person looking old school cool.
We've collected some of the top posts from Reddit's Old School Cool forum. Check them out, and start smirking in your photos if you want to be considered old school cool in about 40 years.
I don't remember that day, was it peaceful?This picture is so clearly old because news today doesn't offer these kinds of hopeful little bits of truth. Back in the day, cosmic events could make event the most hardened cynic feel hopeful.
Who needs a new car?The headline for this Reddit post reads, "This 102-year-old man has driven the same Rolls Royce for 82 years — A 1928 Rolls Royce." It is undeniably cool, but it is too bad that this man never got to feel the joy of getting a new car.
And succeed he did.This picture shows Brooklyn 99 star Terry Crews when he was voted Most Likely to Succeed in his 1986 school yearbook. Man, if you would've told me that windbreakers were ever cool, I would've called you an idiot. But just look at this fly windbreaker. Gotdamn.
Is that a short power line, or-- wait. No. I get it.What's so cool about this picture of a North Dakota blizzard in 1966 is how little this man cares that the snow is so high because he had so much work to do. Stoicism is so cool.
Hello from the past!