Returning to the clothes, I remember that when everyone started to wear Tonik and later Trevira (cheap material that a lot of the girls seemed to wear in tonik style jackets and short skirts) the look became cheap. We moved on to Prince of Wales check (some wore complete suits with a blue or red window pane over check to indicate MTM). I had a MTM jacket in POW. Dogtooth became popular and then even Houndstooth. Of course it was all in the details, not just the material. It was always about being one step ahead. Following the crowd was not an option. I also wore off the peg blazers with patched pockets, Repp ties, White Ben Sherman, Grey Mohair MTM strides and black shoes from The Squire Shop with their red or white socks. The word Skinhead, even in my mind, brings up a picture of DM boots turned up Levi's, Brutus shirts, red braces and a no.2 haircut, but that was a small part of the story. We could not have got into Clubs,Pubs, Dance Halls etc wearing the outfits that have become more familiar in public perception from 1969.
Mr Badger, we have said before that our experiences were often very similar - it's that regional thing again.
By late 1969 I had also effectively dropped the more obvious skinhead items and was buying stuff mainly at the Squire Shop or Ivy Shop. I had a MTM black and white dogtooth suit (from Burtons) which looked great with plain Royals in a cordovan colour, white OCBD and striped woven silk tie. A friend of mine managed to get a bleeding madras Ivy jacket from John Simons which he wore with BD and tie and was the envy of us all. Like you, I had a pair of grey bespoke trou in mohair - mine with a faint tan stripe.
With socks I recall a more sedate approach for suits with black or dark grey (from M&S) being typical but with the brighter colours worn with a short sleeve shirt and sta prest or tailored trousers in summer. I had a pale peppermint pair from the Squire Shop that I particularly loved.