Two Tone and Ska Fashion Clothing Ideas for Men and Women

Ah, who can forget the Ska Revival of the late 70s?

Record labels such as 2 Tone, Stiff Records and Go Feet provided us with some amazing music from band's such as The Specials, Madness, The Selecter and the The Beat - remember Mirror In The Bathroom?

2 Tone music was influenced by ska and Jamaican Reggae and fans were known as Rude Boys and Rude Girls. Men's clothes were a combination of mod, skinhead and gangster fashions, with highly polished shoes or boots, fitted drainpipe/straight leg trousers (or jeans) which were cut short to show off their dazzling white socks, button down shirts, braces, skinny ties, Harrington jackets, overcoats, pork pie or trilby hats and wayfarer or wraparound shades. Footwear included loafers, brogues and Dr. Marten boots.

Ladies wore tight short skirts and tights (plain or checqured) with white socks and monkey boots, Doc Marten boots or winkle pickers.

Ska - 2 Tone Music - The Best Of The Specials


Two Tone Ska Girl - Fancy Dress Costume
Ska Girl Two Tone Costume

Includes a check top, skirt and matching headband. Small size only.

Two Tone Chequered Black & White Tights
Two Tone Black & White Chequered Tights

These tights are ideal for the Rude Girl look and feature an elasticated waist to fit sizes 8 to 16.

Two Tone Black & White Squares Mini Skirt
Two Tone Squares Mini Skirt

This black and white squares/check mini skirt is absolutely ideal for the 2 Tone/Ska Rude Girl look. It's made in the British Isles and features mega-stretch material. Available in sizes small to large.

Two Tone Black & White Check Shorts
Black and White Checked Shorts

These gorgeous shorts are not only suitable for a 2 Tone and Ska party/event, but could also be worn casually during the summer months long after the party's over!

1980's 2 tone ska fancy dress kit for men
2 Tone Fancy Dress Kit for Men

If you're looking to dress-up for an 80s party, then for a cost-effective 2 Tone fancy dress look you can't go far wrong with this chequered hat and braces kit. This is also ideal for groups and stag nights. You can, of course, add more items such as the Wayfarer style shades (which aren't included in the kit), drainpipe trousers and a shirt.

Ska and 2 Tone pin button badges
Six 2 Tone / Ska Pin Button Badges

Enhance your look with these retro badges. Ideal for creating a rude boy or rude girl fan look.

Cheap Wayfarer Shades for 80s Fancy Dress
Wayfarer Style Shades

These are excellent value at under £2 and even have UV400 protection!

2 Tone Ringer T-Shirt - 80s Rude Boy Dress-Up

2 Tone Chequered Design Ringer T-Shirt

This 100% cotton tee is available in sizes small to XXX-large. A clean retro design and great value.

Fruit Of The Loom - 2 Tone label Ska T-Shirt for Men - choice of colours
Fruit Of The Loom Ska 2 Tone T-Shirt

Available in a choice of colours, this stylish tee would make an excellent gift idea for anyone who remembers the 2 Tone era of the late 70s and early 80s.

The Specials Ringer T-Shirt

100% cotton for sizes small to XX-large. This is a nice-looking, standard fit tee which is ideal for casual or festival wear, 80s events, or as a gift.

Premium Quality Ska Ringer T-Shirt

Pre-shrunk with a high quality screen print. A very eye-catching design.

Ska/Two Tone T-Shirt
"Original Rude Boy" T-shirt

Available in charcoal grey or black, this 100% cotton tee-shirt includes free postage in the UK.

Straight Leg Mod Trousers for 2 Tone/Ska dress-up
Retro Tweed Mod Style Straight Leg Trousers

They're not cheap, but they are perfect for creating a Madness/2 Tone costume. A classic slim fit available in sizes 30 to 40 inch waist. If you're in your 40s like me, you'll probably need to allow room for that beer belly!

Straight Leg, Skkinny-fit Jeans for 2 Tone/Ska Fancy Dress
Skinny Fit Straight Leg Jeans

These 100% cotton Enzo jeans are excellent value and are ideal for 2 Tone and Ska dress-up. They're available in five colours in many sizes.

British Made Harrington Jacket

Available in sizes X-small to 5x X-Large in black, burgundy, navy, beige, bottle green and red. Features the classic tartan lining. Ideal for both Mod and Two Tone dress-up.

Ska TwoTone Black Trilby Hat with white band
Ska Two Tone Rude Boy Trilby

100% wool felt (ideal for cold weather) which is packaged in a protective box. Stylish and excellent value - perfect for Rude Boy dress-up.

Pork Pie Hat

Plain black with green and black band. Excellent value and perfect for the Ska/Two Tone look.

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