I'm new to this forum; I did an introduction in the "introduce yourself" thread but I thought I'd introduce myself here as well since it's lurking on this thread that brought me here in the first place. I confess I haven't read all 443 pages but I've dipped in and out, some great reading and brilliant stories from you originals!
I'm 41 so first became aware the clothes around 79-80 copying the older lads. (Should mention I grew up outside Glasgow in Scotland, but have lived in San Francisco since 1995). It was off the back of punk & the mod revival, 2-tone was big as well as the Lambrettas, Chords etc. The 2-Tone stuff obviously led to discovering Trojan comps and catching up on all that rocksteady. To be honest when I was a kid I thought Skinheads were the new thing, I didn't realize it started in the 60s til a few years later! Ha! The innocence of youth. For a while everyone was a skinhead or a mod, it was the fashion. I stuck with the music throughout the 80s (as well as American hardcore & punk) throughout the 80s but fashion-wise drifted between skater style and football casual, mostly skate-punk through the early 90s then settling back with mostly Ben Sherman button-downs, v-neck jumpers, levi's, and harringtons for the last 15 years or so. It's the thing for an ageing punk to do!
I have a question though, regarding shirts... I'm starting to notice that the roll on the collar of some of my older shirts is starting to get a bit flat. What does anyone do to try and preserve the roll? I used to keep the collar buttoned down while washing (gentle cycle, cold wash, hang dry on a hanger), but I recently started unbuttoning to wash and dry to see if that helps. I think it does a little. I rarely iron them, as my better quality shirts come out of the wash looking pretty crisp, but I wonder if a bit of starch & an ironing would do the job?
Cheers, and nice to meet you all - feel like I know you all already.
PS - did that book ever come out? the one made from the thread?