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Mod fashion and style / Re: Excess fabric, what to do
« on: October 20, 2020, 09:15:11 AM »
Shirts with matching hankies are a no-no for me, but I think face masks are going to stay with us for a long while, sadly

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Art and illustration / Re: Magnum photos
« on: October 19, 2020, 05:36:54 PM »
I'd seen most of them, some are iconic images. I'd love to own especially the 1st one framed, but 100 bucks!

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Today's Brands with a Mod feel
« on: October 18, 2020, 12:30:33 PM »
It's a shame that a brand with the heritage of John Smedley have to tweak their classic designs to conform to the mainstream high street trends. Case in point this polo cardie with a ridiculously small collar. And the prices are skyrocketing: some of their new merino tops, like this, are above the 250 € mark. Add to that they're playing it safe (ie boring) last seasons with the patterns and designs, and everything adds up to my disappointment with a once iconic label:


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Mod fashion and style / Re: Clothes bargains, pass 'em on...
« on: October 18, 2020, 12:19:03 PM »
More from the Maxx, they're going to bankrupt me at this rate  ;D

Brooks Brothers Charcoal Flannel Wool Trousers £24.99

https://www.tkmaxx.com/uk/en/men/clothing/trousers+chinos/charcoal-flannel-wool-trousers/p/49054417


For anyone curious, they come unfinished and messure 8" across the bottom.

A bit on the wide side to me, but still I'd gladly wear those, Coop, good score!

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Whats the last item you bought?
« on: October 17, 2020, 12:24:30 PM »
Tsk, tsk, condescension is a funny thing; to be entitled to it (if someone really is) you need to be smarter than your victim, but usually it's just the opposite.

Interesting points, Rod. Nowadays, as Matt pointed out, I find the "mod" tag restricting, just like every tag really, but the 60s mod scene has been hugely influential in shaping my aesthetic preferences, and the revival mod scene triggers my nostalgia so I have a soft spot for both. I mean, if someone calls me a mod (or a trad or a retro), well, it's OK by me. Not a dirty work to me, so to speak.

Regarding mod as a forward-looking movement: like many well-sounding, empty statements ("mods were amphetamine and Jean Paul Sartre" comes to mind), there lies a huge paradox behind it: if you sever the ties of the mod scene with the 60s, the term becomes meaningless, "mod" can be everything that's up to date.

Good post Syd and your last paragraph sums up the paradox. How can anyone call themselves ‘Mod’ if they’re obsessed with the past? It’s a fair question but for me the ne plus ultra of menswear was that early sixties style. Luckily for me it’s classic enough to be adaptable into today’s world without looking like fancy dress / cosplay so I’m happy to admit being influenced by that look even though with the exception of one or two vintage acquisitions the vast majority of my current threads were acquired in the last ten years, so fairly modern, right?

Also - a large part of what motivates my clothing purchases is ‘will this look OK in the next X years?’ as if I throw down some dough for a suit, jacket etc I want to be able to wear it for years to come, so unlike the sixties Mods I’m not interested in fast fashion and one-upmanship and rapid evolution. I carefully decided what I think looked good in the past, continues to look good now and will continue to look good in the future and have that thought in the back of my mind when deciding if I should get something.

And bringing this back to the ‘what’s the latest item you bought’ theme of the thread - I just got a bright blue solid linen Boglioli cotton-linen blazer. Three buttons, side vents, semi-slim lapels. Would not look out of place in the pages of Richard Barnes’ book, but acquired brand new from ebay!

Totally with you, Rod, maybe the key issue here is that the classic early 60s clobber, that to me was the absolute peak of 20th Century men's fashion, has stood the test of time (unlike other decades' stuff) and still seems appropiate for guys our age, be it mod, Ivy or whatever you choose to call it. It's somehow an out-of-trends, timeless style by now.

On your latest purchase, I hope it'll get adequately featured here or at least in your blog  8)

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Whats the last item you bought?
« on: October 16, 2020, 06:18:58 PM »
Tsk, tsk, condescension is a funny thing; to be entitled to it (if someone really is) you need to be smarter than your victim, but usually it's just the opposite.

Interesting points, Rod. Nowadays, as Matt pointed out, I find the "mod" tag restricting, just like every tag really, but the 60s mod scene has been hugely influential in shaping my aesthetic preferences, and the revival mod scene triggers my nostalgia so I have a soft spot for both. I mean, if someone calls me a mod (or a trad or a retro), well, it's OK by me. Not a dirty work to me, so to speak.

Regarding mod as a forward-looking movement: like many well-sounding, empty statements ("mods were amphetamine and Jean Paul Sartre" comes to mind), there lies a huge paradox behind it: if you sever the ties of the mod scene with the 60s, the term becomes meaningless, "mod" can be everything that's up to date.

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Whats the last item you bought?
« on: October 16, 2020, 11:09:14 AM »
One day , l was about to leave a restaurant l go to down there and l was talking to the manageress and she said to me that l looked very 6ts ! I thanked her and said "well that is the general idea" .


That's the idea indeed. Mission accomplished, mr. Bond

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Whats the last item you bought?
« on: October 16, 2020, 11:07:51 AM »


Mike,

I absolutely don't disagree with you on that; however as with everything else, it's down to personal choice.  I think you made a really good point earlier in the thread about individuals having the choice to make up their own minds regardless of how 'flamboyant' it may look to others; what matters is that they do it well and with conviction and the results can look stunning.  Personally I know I couldn't pull off some of the looks that some others can, for a myriad of reasons; likewise I know that some styles of shoes wouldn't suit me and my dress style, though that shouldn't stop others regardless of their age - as long as it looks good.  I know as I grow old disgracefully, I've become more conservative in my dress sense, because that's what i feel comfortable in. 

As an aside, when those shoes above arrived the other day, I immediately 'waterproofed' them. My son came down and commented on them saying how different they were and that I often went for types of shoes that many others don't wear - so maybe I'm not as conservative as I think  ;)
Yeah, I think you might be onto something there, C., because those cord shoes aren't that "conservative", IMO  ;)
BTW, nothing more with being "conservative" looking in what one wears. ( Funny because a woman friend of mine here tells me I "dress like an old man")
I have the "Modshoes" cord shoes, but I do like the leather soles on your pair more.

I have to admit I bought a pair of the cord shoes and the boots from mod shoes as soon as they came out because it had been ages since I'd seen a nice pair of cord footwear. However as soon as I saw the pair from Dr Watson I thought they were a cut above and could be worn with a smarter ensemble. And you're right about the leather soles; plus they'll be great for dancing in  8)

Yes , l would agree with you and Michigan Mike that the leather soul makes for a better shoe and definitely better for dancing in but can be lethal on the damp terrazzo surface of say , a railway station in particular if you have had a beer , not that that could happen now , out having a beer l mean. .

In fact,  I'm known as "the Flying Skater" when it rains down here  ;D, which fortunately happens just once in a while. Our pavement is killer for leather soles.

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Mod fashion and style / Re: I'd Wear That...
« on: October 16, 2020, 11:03:24 AM »
Robin_Wick, the guys i was talking about were regulars at the Perfumed Garden events. And i know of the Feely brothers and their band  Psychotic Reaction, indeed one of them lives very close to me, has a Jeff Beck hair do, nice chap.

Haven’t met them but have seen them at plenty of events, always look great.

Have actually spent lockdown exploring British R&B, freakbeat and psych - Mod is a many splendoured thing, I sometimes think we can be too blinkered in our Ivy League and R&B obsessions (much as I love those strands!)

Agree 100% with you, Robin (at the risk of being called a retrograde  ;D). After the Beatles, British beat, psych and R&B -and US garage and acid rock- were my first musical loves, they'll always have a special place for me.

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Whats the last item you bought?
« on: October 15, 2020, 06:51:45 PM »
I wouldn't use the term "conservative" in this instance, better "subtle" or "discreet", but I get your drift. BTW, Mike, that "old man" remark has turned a cliché for clueless people that detects an air of formality in someone else's attire, without being able to put a finger on it. A conservative way of thinking really  ;D.

Paul, I like those shoes a lot, enjoy them! And agree with you, one should be honest with himself, realize one's limitations and strengths, and then build a wardrobe according to them. I admit quite a few faux passes in my trajectory but the learning process keeps you alert and interested.   

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