I don't think this or any other Forum regarding style would remain vibrant if that was to be the case.The whole look of the original Mod through Suedehead period as discussed here was based on the subtleties and details,so I would argue that there was a good chance anyone who was unable to interpret those latent pointers ,would indeed look like a "sack of shit"
Without getting in the whole MA-1 debate too much,the silhouette of the original Military issue jackets and Surfer jackets were a world apart and instantly recognized as completely different.Just as the cut/fit of later production/reproduction Harrington's have altered to satisfy current fashion trends.So you can wear a pr of 2015 501's and a slim Bill Gibson MA-1 and still miss the mark ( despite spending a lot of money !), if indeed that is the aim?
It's not for me or anyone to dictate what is right or wrong,but I believe it 's fair to express that opinion if someone is talking about a specific period and what was in fact worn and how.
You raise a valid point regarding" how" clothes are worn........
Some of the "Modern" cuts of older styles make it impossible to attain the same look as that of 40+. Yrs ago .and that is assuming that you even care/understand the differences?
Just listed to Eno -The John Peel Lectures ,where he talks about Culture and touches on individual style and choices.Thought provoking and worth a look.(if anyone gives a fuck? )
Now for something a lot more interesting...........
This is a great event, I have been going for the last 8 years and can vouch for it.
It's well attended by real people ( not faceless people who talk clever, but are afraid to show themselves ) for some strange reason!
Original Skinheads, who will tell you how it really was, back in their day,
Mainly folk of around my age, So called revivalist, second wave, or whatever you want to call us
And more and more youngsters every year
People from the UK and beyond,
Friendly atmosphere, great tunes,
A few prima donnas, who generally stand around the bar, preening themselves and basically doing nothing else i.e.....dancing
But you just have to ignore them.