Maybe that's why there was a reluctance to accept the labels by us as it evolved from Mods and out again quite quickly? How did you evolve into Skinhead Buttons? I agree with most of what you say except that you Mohican mate.IMO he took something from a current trend that clearly would never work within the self contained dicipline of what I would consider in Mod taste.Trousers may get slightly longer or shorter but I would always wear the appropriate length depending on the cut of them and style of the shoes or boots I was pairing them with.
Some might say someone like me "just wants their cake" so to speak? I certainly do,but i believe I have the self constraint and knowledge when enough is enough to not become a victim or caricature.I find it awkward when people ask questions like "Is it alright to wear ? ".Usually the answer should be "No fucking way ! "
Did you see that thing on the telly about the Plumber from The Elephant & Castle who built his empire and become very wealthy? Clearly he had gripped on to his past a little too hard and used too much hair dye to be believable anymore.It also begs the question of the ethos being the bigger part of it all in the first place?
Who's really the Mod here,Steve McQueen or Weller.One never needed to let go and one doesn't know when to.
I think by now it is universally accepted that the Faces were his band,and probably the reason behind Rod avoiding any reunion over the years.
I fully get where you're coming from GSVS and I only really draw the difference between those who say they are skinheads and those that don't.
Having your cake is a good thing usually. If you take a few pointers from the skinhead style, I'm not knocking that (there's plenty of good ones!). Although I've no idea what you look like, I wouldn't have said you were a skinhead now, that's all. And why would you?
I have a completely different background, where I got into it when I was 11, so previous to that, I'd never really associated myself with any particular style. I looked up to the older skinheads (who looking back were mostly terribly dressed but it was a start). Whilst dressing in a way I thought was good (with some mixed influences), it became apparent a few years later that the original style was best (of all the skinhead guises so far) so I pushed towards that. So for decades now, I've dressed like an an original skinhead, researching the style from all different angles, regions etc but for me its full time, always original, always skinhead. Whilst that creates restrictions at times, it also makes for a true style.
You've got to appreciate though, when I got into it, it was youth-culture, not fashion; almost anti-fashion. And for most of that time, many aspects of the look have been very much against the grain (for example short-cut trousers). So I've never been fashionable as such and never followed a mainstream style (much of it fills me with contempt but that's partly a bi-product of always being eccentric).
I didn't see the cockney plumber as I don't watch TV but I know the type you mean. Maybe I'm the skinhead version! I've hung onto it because I still enjoy it, still interested in the research (hence why I'm on here) and still (in my mind) carrying off the look. Maybe at 60, I'll be too old for some of my clothes but many would say that about me now as I'm still dressing like a late 60s teenage yob in my 40s. Still having tonik suits made & buying beautiful 45 year old shoes, still riding a Lambretta, going to soul and reggae clubs and long may that continue. I did shake my head at some of the comments on here from the old-guard like "I'm too old to wear jeans ... or loafers ... or a suit". I get it, but just hope I'll never get like it.