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MA-1s or sheepskins this winter? With the general election, Brexit and all that, I'd say the times call for a more militant MA1 look, whatever side you may take on these questions. Fashion must reflect the mood that's in the air.
“It will become not the thing, and then it will again belong to the people who totally get it, until it becomes the thing again”
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And "home made" spray painted ones did exist when Ziggy Stardust Fever became epidemic.
Yes! I was only a kid at the time but my recollection is that the original skin scene was short lived as it soon widened out and morphed into the bootboy thing which was much less well defined. Boot boys grew their hair out often in Bowie-esque spiky styles or else the ubiquitous middle parting and ear warmers. They weren’t dedicated to reggae and ska and were into glam and top 40 stuff like Slade, Bowie, Sweet. They weren’t as dedicated to fashion and were mostly content in double denim and Doc Martens but maintained their interest in football. Platform shoes, star jumpers and flares came in. I distinctly remember one older lad putting talk on his side zip boots to make them look silver in the dark!! My (totally unsupported) theory is that the defined skin look wasn’t that endearing to anyone outside the scene, and that the above examples of ‘softening’ of the skin image were mainly done to appear more attractive to girls who were put off by the harder skin look.

These are my recollections and of course there were regional variations.
 

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My (totally unsupported) theory is that the defined skin look wasn’t that endearing to anyone outside the scene, and that the above examples of ‘softening’ of the skin image were mainly done to appear more attractive to girls who were put off by the harder skin look.

These are my recollections and of course there were regional variations.
It was simply that street fashion was following what was seen on TOTP.
It was very fast and Bolan satin jackets were probably the biggest smack in the face to anything worn in the previous twelve months.It had nothing to do with any conscious decisions about lads pulling........remember the girls look changed also.
 

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Yes! I was only a kid at the time but my recollection is that the original skin scene was short lived as it soon widened out and morphed into the bootboy thing which was much less well defined. Boot boys grew their hair out often in Bowie-esque spiky styles or else the ubiquitous middle parting and ear warmers. They weren’t dedicated to reggae and ska and were into glam and top 40 stuff like Slade, Bowie, Sweet. They weren’t as dedicated to fashion and were mostly content in double denim and Doc Martens but maintained their interest in football. Platform shoes, star jumpers and flares came in.
That's a pretty good summation. I would add that crombies (with hankie!) and grey Staprest continued on as 'school uniform' in secondary schools (11 - 16) for a few years. The last I can remember seeing it was during the 1975/76 school year.
 
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For school age kids "crombies" (always cheap knock offs) were worn until they didn't fit no more (including hand me downs) or were too tatty. As far as high street glam goes, when Adam Faith's "Budgie" donned that sky blue satin jacket thousands followed. "Budgie" was a huge influence on High Street Style - clothing and hair, all across London.
 

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Harringey garment district got knock-off fashions from the TV out to the stalls of Wembley Market during the 70s/80s in a matter of days.
You have to wait a bit longer now for the container from China to arrive.
 

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As far as high street glam goes, when Adam Faith's "Budgie" donned that sky blue satin jacket thousands followed. "Budgie" was a huge influence on High Street Style - clothing and hair, all across London.
So true Natty,though it would take me another couple of years before I adopted a pr of white clogs after seeing them worn en masse by Scandinavian students in London and the South coast.
Sadly for me it seems we are just going over old ground in this forum thread as we mine the past and have lost so many great contributors.
 

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For school age kids "crombies" (always cheap knock offs) were worn until they didn't fit no more (including hand me downs) or were too tatty. As far as high street glam goes, when Adam Faith's "Budgie" donned that sky blue satin jacket thousands followed. "Budgie" was a huge influence on High Street Style - clothing and hair, all across London.
Yes , I concur but the show was a load of breeks and the other part of the franchise 'Charles Endell Esquire' was truly cringe worthy . .
 

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Well I remember street fashion still being very important through the 70's, and detail being just as crucial as earlier. I think we tend to just dismiss it as having been easy to find cheap rubbish because it is not on our radar now. From memory some sort after items at the time were : flared sta-press with built in turn-ups, penny round collar shirts with contrast colour yokes, tank tops, two tone laces, flared trousers with French (inverted) pleats down the side, Simon shirts, high-waisted baggy parallel trousers with side pockets, baggy parallel trousers with pleats and tunnel belt loops, back pocket flaps and imitation front change pockets being a necessary detail, Solatio shoes with "horseshoes" or Blakeys, and yes AirWair boots (don't remember them ever being called DM's then), cap sleeve t-shirts (some with custom lettering only available on a visit to a seaside resort), long leather and cord coats worn with the belt tied around the back, leather bomber jackets, A-line trousers, shirts covered with character prints (e.g. Laurel and Hardy), Falmer jeans (with rivets on the back pockets) and waistcoats, see-through plastic belts with designs inside.
 

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You might like this @andyf

Take a look inside a "vintage" ('90s) DM boot.

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I remember glueing those shanks in place on piecework on one occasion. Plus painting glue on sole which all went through a heater to be rewarmed. then attached onto the boot which then already had the yellow welt in place. Pre sole. They looked quite odd.
 
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Guys, I don't know if you have spotted the current Friday Challenge, which should be right up your street:

 

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Harringey garment district got knock-off fashions from the TV out to the stalls of Wembley Market during the 70s/80s in a matter of days.
You have to wait a bit longer now for the container from China to arrive.
Wembley market ? Yes that was quite a big operation from the early 1970s. Those skimpy little leather bomber jackets were a big seller there. Saved a trip to Petticoat Lane for those in NW London.
 

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