The guy on the right of this "Swinging london" picture looks very "mod" to me. What kind of weird shoes is he wearing?
But of course, it's not the lad who is really interesting on this photo, isn't it ?
Colin I would say you have captured it in your response. I was 16 when I had 2 Mohair suits made. I have not had mtm since. In the day it was a 'must have' to have suits made to fit you as previously with Mods and Teds. As teenagers back then work was not an issue and you could always earn well. Clothes were very important. It was not that you particularly had lots of gear like todays youngsters that can buys loads for £100 from Matalan etc. Ours had to be quality and look the part and would then be used for work until they fell to bits or were grown out of.
I cannot recall the last time I heard of anyone having a suit made in recent years and I do not even know where my nearest tailor is. Back then there would be a choice of tailors in just your local high street. I cannot recall the cost of a mtm suit back then but it must have been between £15 & £20 therefore I suppose today you would need to pay £1k to £2k for a decent one now. A lot of people under 40 who where suits in London do not where a tie and although I assume this is fashion it make them look scruffy - a tie completes the smart look. Even at recent funerals where people do not possess a suit I have seen people wearing a bright coloured top coat.
It is said that clothes make'th the man and when we were youngens to go out on a Saturday night with your mtm suit, BS, and Royals you looked smart and felt smart
Where was he from MOM? I wonder if there is geographical significance of this point as it rings true with my recollections.
Yes, the lines between 'Mod' and 'Skinhead' are very blurred - again much to do with time and location. My, somewhat tongue-in-cheek comment was in relation to this - Peter may never referred to himself as a Skinhead - I never referred to myself, nor did anyone ever refer to me, as a Mod. We've had the 'suits' debate, but I would add this, I traveled all over the midlands and north of England to watch football, and saw many visiting fans between 1968 and 1972 - I don't recall any being dressed significantly differently to the way we were - a slight time lag the further north of Manchester you went. There was the odd local foible, such as bakers trousers worn on Merseyside, but largely a pretty universally accepted skinhead, then suedehead style and I have been surprised to learn that there was so much variation elsewhere. To me, much of what has been discussed relates more to a Mod look than a skinhead image but as some of you are a little older than me I understand you are talking about clothes for going to clubs in and maybe a little earlier in time. As I have said before, in 1969 and 1970 my main influences were what I saw in and around football grounds.