I sort agree with Cearnabbas Mike but only sitting here in hindsight..if that makes sense? ..because the skinhead style was fashion for the originals...moving on too Beagle Collars, Tank tops, Budgie Jackets..was just a natural progression...I did not think well thats the end of me being a skinhead..I never gave it a thought.
Looking back and that dawned on me around 77 when i got married how awful the cloths was post 71....by 79 I and many other ex Skinheads started to wear Brogues Harringtons and BD Shirts once again and have carried on to this day, me that is.
Just to add when i started to wear Ivy cloths in 79 ..i did not think i was a skinhead again..and was also unaware that their was a skinhead revival..I did see Bone Heads about but i just thought they was Punks.
Roy, in a funny kind of way, your post says to me that you do understand the point im making.
I fully understand what you mean by hindsight, i just think that has to be put to one side, and the period and it's clothes discussed so we can get a good picture of the whole story.
If i posted up a pic of, i dunno, a pair of stacks for example, most comments would be along the lines of, rubbish/i never wore that, a little bit of detail would not go amiss imo, surely the attitude/approach/eagerness of buying those clothes was not any different, to what was being bought a few years previous.
Bear in mind that what i've posted was off the back of casuals being discussed, and disagreements surrounding the term northern soul, both very interesting, but here?
I made another post regarding fashion from a design point of view and when it reaches saturation point, i wore a lot of the clothing mentioned as a kid, and i know what it led to, trousers could not get any wider, hair could not get any longer, and collars no more pointed and lethal looking, as a young un there was only one way for me to go, same for countless others, backwards.