Sorry, I didn't get chance to finish this post........
The point I am making is that every 'generation' has it's own style and that's exactly as it should be. At 16 I didn't want to be dressed like a mod from 1964 or 1965, I would have viewed that as old fashioned or dated - I wanted the style of my peers and some only slightly older than me, people I looked up to. Similarly, 16 year olds in 1974 or 1975 didn't want to dress as I had in 1970 - but then, neither did I - nor did I want to dress like them!
Eleven years ago my Mum moved back to Royton and I decided to look up an old friend and after a couple of phone calls we arranged a night out as I could travel there and stay at Mum's. On the night out we met up with a couple of other mates - lads we had been skinheads with. One of them was still fighting at football matches! (apparently had promised his wife he would 'retire' when he was 50!) Was he still dressed in Doc Martens, turned up jeans and braces? - of course not, he was dressed in a similar style to the rest of us. He may still have been getting his 'kicks' in the same way as when he was 18 but in other aspects he had moved on.
I can relate to many aspects of youth culture as we've all been through it and therefore I don't slag off mod revivalists, casuals, or even my son's style as I know where they are coming from, as I said, every generation has it's own take on things but there are usually some threads that I can recognise . I think what rankles with some of us, though, is when people take something that we have fond memories of and make it into something else which changes the perception of it. Late 70's/early 80's skinheads for example, are now what people think of as skinheads with all their racist baggage and scruffy style. The other are skinhead 'revivalists' as discussed in relation to Brighton and Margate who seem to have taken some aspects of the original clothing and put them together in some type of caricature of the original style with their gaudy coloured check shirts and brightly coloured braces - again missing the point - style is not just throwing a few things together. I suppose it is like when you see an old girlfriend or girl you used to fancy - if she's put on weight or lost her looks it makes you sad, you want to remember her as she was (or at least how you think she was!)
roytonboy-Have you been to the "Sound And Pressure" Weekender,in Margate(the one that myself,Buttons and Bassett were photographed at)?You have the odd ones-this happens af any time but the majority were smartly dressed.