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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Spirit of 69, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Senior member

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    yea, there's nothing menacing or stereotypical adopting a suedehead look. The whole thing about taking on the traditional skinhead style of dress is that others will look at you and think "oh there goes a nicely dress young man wearing old man clothes" haha, but that's some shit you can grow old with and never follow 5-minute fashion like the rest of the herds

    It's all about the details, making sure trousers are hemmed just right, tapered just right, clean and pressed...just maintaining some sort of smartness and a consciousness to fit. And ultimately it's all about working class clothes so there's no need to go for expensive labels (unless you want to) since all the gear is available for an affordable price

    hey ya got the JtG shirt already, so ya gots yer foot in the door already [​IMG]


    I was also thinking of going the suedehead route. My current attempt has been preppy meets skinhead, but is coming off more preppy than anything. Other than slightly longer hair and the omission of boots as daily wear, what are the differences in dress between the skin and suede? Could you offer any insight to someone trying to make this transition?
     


  2. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    I was also thinking of going the suedehead route. My current attempt has been preppy meets skinhead, but is coming off more preppy than anything. Other than slightly longer hair and the omission of boots as daily wear, what are the differences in dress between the skin and suede? Could you offer any insight to someone trying to make this transition?

    all these different styles were so transitory and short lived, but we have the benefit of hindsight to see what was done at a certain point and sorta "stop time" right there and take ideas from it.

    Suedehead is probably the coolest manifestation of "skinhead" but pegging it down is really subjective since it doesnt have the luxury of a defined code that skinhead has, and really only had about a year before it transitioned into "smooths"

    I think it took the menacing elements out of skinhead, but kept the overall style so a well attired skinhead and suedehead would be interchangeable looks. I think some of the more deliberate "working class" gear was omitted from the suedehead closet (like Donkey Jackets, DMs, denim jackets etc). It's basically a skinhead going back to his mod roots, without the peacockery and poofiness that mods had.

    My nigga Alex Roest wrote a really informed piece on Suedeheads over at Film Noir Buff that is essential reading to put it all in one place
     


  3. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Senior member

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    Thanks, I completely forgot about that article.
     


  4. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    what's the sizing like? 34/36 equates to a bit large on a 34, and a bit small on a 36? [​IMG]

    Here's a pic of me in the size Med

    [​IMG]

    I think it'd be a tight fit on a person who is a 40

    But I'd bet the small would be a loose fit for a 34

    It's a well fitting shirt, I really like it, now hoping they reissue some of their vintage checks. Collar has a nice roll to it, and it comes with a hanky for your jacket, my tartan shirt came with a solid red, not sure what the gingham comes with.
     


  5. robbie

    robbie Pleading Poverty

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    I suppose you have a point that there is very little that is menacing about dressing sharply, and I don't know about and therefore don't associate myself with any of the ideas/attitudes of skins/suedes other than aspiring to be sharply dressed.
     


  6. Dr. Octagon

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    I've been interested in clothes (that's weird to say considering one would wear clothes all their life so they should be interested in them in some respect) for a few years now and I've never given the traditional looks much thought. My thinking was that they were representative of their time/culture and not meant to be copied or replicated outside that time period. Styles should be always progressing and changing to suit the culture of the time. I always hoped that I would discover a new look or style that would suit my personality and character but it seems these days (at least where I live) dress, for most people, is either a product of pop culture or the media or there is no style at all: just one step above dressing like a homeless person. But after a little history lesson, I really like the skinhead look and what it represents.

    Maybe it's the type of person behind the skinhead look that is similar to me and my character/beliefs (at least from what i understand. cant say i have ever met a real skinhead) but also the fact that they cared about how they looked enough to dress sharp as opposed to the current trend of people in my area with a similar background where its a matter of caring less and looking like a complete dirtbag.
     


  7. Kris

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    heh, good point

    but if that's yer thing you can hit up this guy


    I guess some skins are just in the scene for all the dick. Posers. [​IMG]
     


  8. Kris

    Kris Senior member

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    Maybe it's the type of person behind the skinhead look that is similar to me and my character/beliefs (at least from what i understand. cant say i have ever met a real skinhead)

    Funny.
     


  9. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    got my copy of Booted and Suited today, not many pics but here's some photos of the pics that are in the book. Never seen these before so nice to see some new ones.

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  10. Alex Roest

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    not many pics but here's some photos of the pics that are in the book. Never seen these before so nice to see some new ones.

    Good of you to have posted up both the pics and those chapters that weren't included in 'Bovver'.

    Your nigga,

    Alex [​IMG]
     


  11. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    ^^ the man himself! Alex, good to see you being quoted on the back cover of Booted and Suited!
     


  12. Alex Roest

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    ^^ the man himself! Alex, good to see you being quoted on the back cover of Booted and Suited!

    Wasn't aware of that, so thanks again Jason. I suppose that quote comes from my review of 'Bovver' on Uppers ? I should drop Chris a line perhaps....

    http://www.uppers.org/showArticle.asp?article=706
     


  13. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    it comes with a hanky for your jacket, my tartan shirt came with a solid red, not sure what the gingham comes with.

    Got the gingham Brutus' too, and they also come with the same red hankie
     


  14. Luddite

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    I picked up Neil Knight's book yesterday. Finished it at 12:30am this morning.

    Work today has been...inefficient.

    Re-read this thread. Great stuff. I can't claim working class pride, and I'm the opposite of patriotic and conservative, so I don't think I'll ever identify as a skinhead (I'm a vegan Straight Edge dude who frequently complains about people taking the politics, balls, and ideology out of hardcore punk, so embracing a scene based on apolitical unity don't work too well for me) but...the suedehead look is a hell of a lot sharper than a faded band shirt or oversized Sick of it All jersey.

    What do you guys think about jerseys like the cable-knit V Fred on JTG (http://www.jumpthegun.co.uk/product/Cable_knit_V_Grey)? As a vegan, I obviously don't want woollen gear, but have been trying to sharpen up a bit from band merch hoodies. I have a couple of similar cotton FP jerseys. What do you think about the tipping detail on a jersey?
     


  15. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    ^^ that link doesnt work anymore, but if it's the one I think it is, I have it. A grey vneck jumper with black-white trim around neck and a cableknit sleeve detail? If so, it's awesome one of my fave Vnecks This is interesting, Shane Meadows (who did the movie This is England) will be doing at least 4 episodes for British TV, and the original cast are set to return to reprise their roles. Actually sounds like it can be really good. We Were Faces and not to nitpick, but it's "NICK Knight" [​IMG] and for me and a lot I know, the idea of "patriotic" is a key part of skinhead, but it doesnt necessarily mean you agree with everything the govt does. More of an idealist state of mind that you're living in ____ and therefore you have some pride in that fact, that you want your local neighborhoods to be a good place to live. As opposed to being a complainer who just bemoans his environment and does nothing to make it better, in whatever small way a person can.
     


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