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Re: I'd Wear That...
« Reply #1150 on: September 08, 2016, 03:32:27 PM »
I love the juicy debate. Claudio I think you should get off the fence and tell us what you really think!

I've got loads of pictures on my blog of me in my 'off duty' clothes which are very often polo shirt (Lacoste or FP) jeans and adidas gazelles, and I'm in my fifties so guilty as charged. I don't feel it's a uniform as I can't recall ever seeng anyone dressed like that here in Florida - the state where putting on long trousers is considered 'dressing up'!

I do take the point though, that if this is a common site when you're out and about then it's time to consider alternatives. I almost never wear shorts unless I'm at the beach, but when it's too hot for jeans (and remember I don't really feel the heat much) my next 'go to' kit is linen strides which can be had for $20 off season at Macy's) and a selection of brightly coloured linen shirts ($20 from Uniqlo) usually with driving mocs. Shorts and Mocs looks awful to me, I don't want to see bony ankles and chicken legs. I did just get a pair of Izod seersucker shorts - will problies wear them with linen Seavees.

As for the hats - I rarely see anyone wearing hats in real life aside from ubiquitous baseball caps. On the internet I find those newsboy caps to be more cliched than brimmed hats like panamas, which at least are functional when worn in the sunshine. Newsboy caps look like cosplay to me, like the wearer is playing dress-up after having binge-watched Boardwalk Empire and Peaky Blinders!


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Re: I'd Wear That...
« Reply #1151 on: September 08, 2016, 04:05:08 PM »
Mike - very 'Mod' evenign wear but smart, flawless (the blokes I mean). I don't know, can't get my oldish head around it to be honest. I've had 40 year old Italian that I barely knew in FP, denims clarks and parka questioning me 'why have you changed your (personal) style' what with the longer hair, the 'stach, the baggier trousers etc etc (in a 'thats not mod kind of tone) and couldn't reply as the only true answer was to be different from him.

Rod - your case is different in that you are almost always 'out of uniform' what with cool clothes that are slightly left of field or not obviously 'Mod' and so when you wear shorts and a Polo its a natural day out for you in Florida, not trying too hard to be part of anything as let's face it, there ain't anyhting to be part of in FL, you in the sticks mate :)

Weller cuts are a hit and miss ... there is another young popular geezer (very cool) that has his hair like early Marc Bolan, soooo spot on as NOBODY had it like this (today) before he did (and still is the only one). I mean so many people actually got hair today, why didnt nobody come up with a MArc Bolan cut (which is more of a combed back french cut IMO) instead of the too over inflated weller/marriot cut? Somethign similar to this http://www.marcbolanmusic.com/MyImages/MB%20Town%202use.jpg (or the picture on the 'if you can't beat them join them' article in Barnes book 'Mods'.
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Re: I'd Wear That...
« Reply #1152 on: September 08, 2016, 04:52:23 PM »
luckily it's not all like this and there are plenty of refreshing and interesting looks about, many on this very forum (Greenstreet you seem to always look for new, left of field stuff and always interesting to see how you dress so again, these posts are not amied at you just because you mentioned that ugly as zara hat :) )

Wow, Claudio, I didn't expect to start so hot a debate based on two hats I really wouldn't wear!  ::)

Seriously you have a point here, and I basically agree with you. I guess the mod-by-the-numbers syndrome has a lot to do with: a) the guy's age and b) his (not talking about ladies, their tastes are much less stereotyped) closeness with the scene. In my 50s and out of any organized scene, I disregard cliches and rules, I wear clothes you can associate with modernism for a simple reason: I like them (that explains also why I'm always seeking for unusual pieces -left field, as you say- with that period flavour but without that hideous Austin Powers/Quadrophenia vibe). Furthermore, a young person who is part of the scene could be afraid of being seen wearing something that isn't mod enough, it's a very teen attitude.

But of course I can't see myself conforming to any mod book of what's or not acceptable. I've got enough common sense and taste -me think, at least- to know what's good for my age and circumstances and that's my only rule of thumb. BTW I own some FP clobber (mainly from the reissues line) and (reverse argument here) I see no reason for not wearing it just because it's a garment every average mod owns. And that applies to other usual suspects (be it DBs, Levi's or Harrington jackets)

I think you being one of the movers&shakers of the international 60s/mod scene for so long maybe is becoming now a source of pressure, lots of kids might think: "how come Claudio dare to change his style and take risks...is he becoming a mod anti-christ or what ;D?". Well, the problem is theirs'.

For my part -and I'm sure I'm not the only one from this forum that shares this point of view- I find your explorations stimulating, tho' not always to my tastes (hell, why should they be?!). You breath style, mate, and know your stuff. I almost always find lots of interesting details in your pics.

Not sure if I'm entitled to give my opinion about Weller cuts, cos' I'm in the wrong side of the hair fence  ;D, but I'd say: forget it if you're older than, say, 35. As Claudio states, there are lots of sharp early 60s haircuts that look better in a middle aged folk.


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Re: I'd Wear That...
« Reply #1153 on: September 09, 2016, 09:33:29 AM »
Back to the thread, another average mod item!  ;D From Armor Lux's new collection:


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Re: I'd Wear That...
« Reply #1154 on: September 09, 2016, 12:20:24 PM »
With regard to the early Bolan/Feld haircut I am quite sure I know the young lad you refer to Claudio. If I do I will attest that he is 100% one of the sharpest kids, or indeed male full stop, on the London scene. HOWEVER......I can confirm that a little more than a year ago he was a typical young kid with the Weller/Gallagher haircut, Fred Perry, Skinny jeans and Desert boots type of lad. More sort of 'Indie' style than truly 'Mod'. BUT..... he clearly became very sussed very quickly and as stated is now a stand out at events I have attended (Am I right Claudio to say he models and is also a recent 'star' of a short film??) What I think it shows is it is not now how long you have been into this whole Mod/'60s thing but your attitude and own personal take on things. There are blokes I've seen for many years at rallies, gigs, weekenders whatever who simply do not 'get it'. They can't get past the idea of what is regarded as Mod By Numbers or even what some call Comedy Mod. Does it bother me? Not at all. If anything the more straggly 'Weller cuts', Harringtons and Fred Perrys the better as it makes the better dressed bunch look even better.
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Re: I'd Wear That...
« Reply #1155 on: September 09, 2016, 12:27:15 PM »
https://www.adaptorclothing.com/brands-wigan-casino/

There are some potentially nice designs here but whilst I acknowledge the history behind the fist logo, I think most of the designs would look better without it.

 

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Re: I'd Wear That...
« Reply #1156 on: September 09, 2016, 01:30:48 PM »
https://www.adaptorclothing.com/brands-wigan-casino/

There are some potentially nice designs here but whilst I acknowledge the history behind the fist logo, I think most of the designs would look better without it.

 

Like the white polo top left https://www.adaptorclothing.com/products/wc2022-wigan-casino-northern-soul-skin-mod-horizontal-stripe-2-button-pique-polo-shirt.html
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Re: I'd Wear That...
« Reply #1157 on: September 09, 2016, 02:14:00 PM »
What I think it shows is it is not now how long you have been into this whole Mod/'60s thing but your attitude and own personal take on things. There are blokes I've seen for many years at rallies, gigs, weekenders whatever who simply do not 'get it'. They can't get past the idea of what is regarded as Mod By Numbers or even what some call Comedy Mod. Does it bother me? Not at all. If anything the more straggly 'Weller cuts', Harringtons and Fred Perrys the better as it makes the better dressed bunch look even better.

Good point Martin. I occasionally see pictures of Mod gatherings and as I'm so separated from any kind of scene, for a minute I'm a bit envious that I can't participate. But then I notice a lot of the pics are of identikit Mods who have not developed any sense of individual style and so the whole thing reminds me of those sad as f**k Teds' gatherings I used to read about. People can feel free to like or dislike any or all of the pics I put up here and on my blog, that's fine, but I hope if nothing else I come some way to achieving my goal of being influenced by the classic sixties Mod style without being enslaved by it. Me and my set made a lot of mistakes during the revival days (white socks!) but those of us who were more dedicated were so much more influenced by Richard Barnes' book and the attitudes described in there than by the hive mentality of copying whatever Weller was wearing at the time.

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Re: I'd Wear That...
« Reply #1158 on: September 09, 2016, 10:13:38 PM »
The thing about the identikit Mod's is , sometimes these guys are decent individuals . .
I sometimes see guys at football matches that give me the nod and then I'll often notice something a bit askew , like those trainers that look like they are made of rubber but who am I too mock as they seem like they are making an effort. .
Personally , I even wear my genuine M-1951 to the football if it is a bit cold and really I don't give two what people might think as it keeps me warm  8)

However the one thing that does  annoy me about some Mod's is when they wear trousers that look like they are too long , just like the rest of the masses. That is a style I could never comprehend . .
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Re: I'd Wear That...
« Reply #1159 on: September 09, 2016, 10:44:43 PM »
Oh aye, my comment wasn't a dig at their character or their soul, just their style choices!