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One thing this thread has really brought home to me is how much the original skinhead look must have influenced how my mum and my sisters dressed me as a kid. I know, as a pretty left leaning Liverpudlian family, they wouldn’t have wanted their little angel dressing like what they would have seen as right wing thugs, but I used to get the piss ripped out of me for my “skinhead” look by my oi boy mates. With their grade 1s, their knee high DMs, skin tight bleached jeans and MA1s etc and me with my no 4 and “grandad clothes” it was no wonder really.

It’s funny to look back now at the grief I got for wearing a sheepskin (that one cuts deep - I still can’t bear them 40 years later 😂) and being called Flare-Oh for having straight leg Sta Prest instead of having my mum take them in so much they were more like leggings.

It was only when my youngest sister (who clearly disliked the bonehead look) started bringing mods, traditional looking/2 Tone style skinheads and scooter boys home and I saw how some of them dressed I actually appreciated this look and carried it on pretty much all my life.

I always remember as well interrogating my parents about their style when they were young. Apparently they were just before the Teds and my mum always described their style as Ivy Look. My dad was in the merchant navy and so spent most of his youth sailing between Liverpool and New York and apparently used to buy all his clothes over there, then when they met he would also get her stuff there too.
 
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Reporting back: I got the lands end tailored fit no iron chinos a few weeks ago in gray. I am pretty pleased with them, especially given that they cost about as much as Dickies 874s. I like the rise, it works well with belt or braces. They are a bit looser in the thigh than I'd like, but maybe I should just do more squats. These are 32 waist 29 length.
 

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One thing this thread has really brought home to me is how much the original skinhead look must have influenced how my mum and my sisters dressed me as a kid. I know, as a pretty left leaning Liverpudlian family, they wouldn’t have wanted their little angel dressing like what they would have seen as right wing thugs, but I used to get the piss ripped out of me for my “skinhead” look by my oi boy mates. With their grade 1s, their knee high DMs, skin tight bleached jeans and MA1s etc and me with my no 4 and “grandad clothes” it was no wonder really.

It’s funny to look back now at the grief I got for wearing a sheepskin (that one cuts deep - I still can’t bear them 40 years later 😂) and being called Flare-Oh for having straight leg Sta Prest instead of having my mum take them in so much they were more like leggings.

It was only when my youngest sister (who clearly disliked the bonehead look) started bringing mods, traditional looking/2 Tone style skinheads and scooter boys home and I saw how some of them dressed I actually appreciated this look and carried it on pretty much all my life.

I always remember as well interrogating my parents about their style when they were young. Apparently they were just before the Teds and my mum always described their style as Ivy Look. My dad was in the merchant navy and so spent most of his youth sailing between Liverpool and New York and apparently used to buy all his clothes over there, then when they met he would also get her stuff there too.
Hi Jamie, I'm over in Yorkshire. Like a lot of middle aged Brits I'm definately influenced by Mod/Skin/2 tone culture. Not an outright full on 60s look in my case but definately some elements of it have found a place in my wardrobe over the years.

I follow this thread for a bit of inspiration, and it's one of the cooler more friendly parts of SF in my opinion 🙂
 

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One thing this thread has really brought home to me is how much the original skinhead look must have influenced how my mum and my sisters dressed me as a kid.
Strangely enough I logged on to post this from 1973. Lots of influences percolating back into the mainstream, though I think even we at age 10 had left surfer jackets behind by that time






 
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Strangely enough I logged on to post this from 1973. Lots of influences percolating back into the mainstream, though I think even I had left surfer jackets behind by that time






The sheepskins look quite authentic even though they are not. .
 

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The sheepskins look quite authentic even though they are not. .
I quite like the suit bottom right actually

Hi Jamie, I'm over in Yorkshire. Like a lot of middle aged Brits I'm definately influenced by Mod/Skin/2 tone culture. Not an outright full on 60s look in my case but definately some elements of it have found a place in my wardrobe over the years.

I follow this thread for a bit of inspiration, and it's one of the cooler more friendly parts of SF in my opinion 🙂
Hi mate

I’m the same - I don’t dress like a skin/mod to the letter but most of the style blends nicely and is timeless. I don’t have a “that’s not authentic” attitude, just if I like something, I wear it and a lot of what I like is of that style.
 

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I quite like the suit bottom right actually



You are right it is a good yin , and would be perfect with a shorter jacket and covered buttons but by the time of the catalogue jackets and vents had gotten a good deal longer. .
 

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My dad was in the merchant navy and so spent most of his youth sailing between Liverpool and New York and apparently used to buy all his clothes over there, then when they met he would also get her stuff there too.
Hi Jamie and welcome…..
I was also in the Merchant Navy and sailed with loads of Scousers.Fantastic humor and lifelong friends.My time in there was mid 70,s between Southampton/New York.
Also I was heavily influenced by two older Mod sisters.
Good to have some fresh inpit and point of view to bring the thread back to life.
I rarely post these days as I’ve exhausted my recollections ,but still keep an eye on here in the hope that there will be a flurry of relevant activity again .
 

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I have just sold a similar suit. I suspect it was from around the same period though no flares.
I only wore it a couple of times - I didn't much like the material.
 

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Hi Jamie and welcome…..
I was also in the Merchant Navy and sailed with loads of Scousers.Fantastic humor and lifelong friends.My time in there was mid 70,s between Southampton/New York.
Also I was heavily influenced by two older Mod sisters.
Good to have some fresh inpit and point of view to bring the thread back to life.
I rarely post these days as I’ve exhausted my recollections ,but still keep an eye on here in the hope that there will be a flurry of relevant activity again .
Hello mate

Thanks for the welcome. Yeah you got a lot of Scousers join the Merchant Navy for obvious reasons. Unfortunately there were four older sisters in my house when I was growing up (and three daughters now I’m growing old) but on the plus side, I was exposed to so many teen cults - mods, skinheads, teds, rockabillys, soul boys, scooter boys, punks, New Romantics, bikers - you name it, my sisters brought it home, much to the disgust of my dad most of the time.

I’m sad to say I’m far more of a reader than a poster and most of the things I feel like I could comment on were posted 10+ years ago 😂. It’s a shame so many dropped out of this thread (I’m up to page 940 and already noticing people missing) but heartening to see it is still going and the likes of yourself, and the lads above are still about.

I’ll do my best to try and come up with some relevant input.

Do the meets/events still go on?

Cheers

Jamie
 

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Can’t recall any recent meetings ?
Possibly some members are in contact privately.Also it seems that the core of prolific contributors are divided between the UK/US with the exception of Clouseau.
 

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