Button down collars didn't figure that strongly during my time as a skinhead, guess that is why I am a bit ambivalent towards them. The Ben Sherman red gingham short sleeve button down was ubiquitous in 1980/81 then Ben Sherman seemed to disappear from the shops to re-emerge a few years later with narrow collars and no buttons. Around the same time the Fred Perry lost its piping too. Trying to get rid of us!
Come to think of it, maybe that contributed to the stripping down of the skinhead look in the 80s. Became difficult to find stapress too as I recall but no problem finding airwair boots, brogues, ma1s, jean jackets. Jeans followed the mainstream (think I wore Lois and Lee, the 501 had not yet made its comeback) so no problem there either. 80s skinheads - more sinned against than sinning I think.
Edited by covskin - 4/6/14 at 12:26pm