British Street Style
The Teddy Boys
In 1954 a sub-culture called the Teds existed.
They came before the Rock ‘n’ Roll era and wore long jackets dressed in an Edwardian style.
crepe sole shoes
wore drain pipes which had to be both 15 inches wide and the hem and knee
jackets with velvet collars and cuffs
taken on by selling black market goods
classed as hooligan
carried flick knifes which became symbolic
embraced Wild West Style
listened to American music
bright coloured socks
The Mods were clean cut and subtle regarding rebellion. They remained well-dressed while working.
Mods were inspired by French cinema, Jazz and ‘la dolce vita’
They were often seen driving around on scooters.
Style paid very careful attention to detail. Trousers had a low fit with frog mouth pockets and the trouser hems had to be longer than front. It was common for Mods to refuse to let people know where they purchased their clothes from.
A popular brand choice for Mods was Fred Perry as he created breathable garments because they did not likre to sweat.
Influenced by American astronauts, they wore regimental battle-wear.
They wore Levi jeans, Dr Martens, braces, ginghm button-down shirts, mohair suits with hankerchiefs and tartan. The size of the tartan worn determined the status in a skinhead crew.
Their style was influenced by the arrival of the Windrush ship from the Caribbean which brought in West Indians to do labour work. They came wearing porkie pie hats.
The short hair was a style statement which often meant short tempers.