TWO TONE AND SKA FASHION
FOR MEN AND WOMEN
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Ah, yes! Who can forget the Ska and Mod 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. Also popular were button down shirts, polo T-shirts, braces, skinny ties, Harrington bomber jackets, overcoats, pork pie or trilby hats and wayfarer or wraparound shades. Footwear included loafers, brogues and Dr. Marten boots.
Ladies wore tight pencil skirts with tights (plain or chequered), or a rockabilly swing dress (often with white socks and high heels). Pencil skirts were usually worn above the knee, although longer styles were sometimes worn. Dogtooth and check styles were popular pattern designs. Monkey boots, Doc Marten boots or winkle pickers were popular footwear choices.
1980s Ska Kit
2 Tone and Ska T-shirts
We now have two brand new sections bursting with a wide range of T-shirts, baseball shirts and mod revival T-shirt ideas for both men and women. There are lots of unique designs from top suppliers and prices start at under £10 including delivery.
These can be worn on their own or under a Harrington jacket for a late 70s Mod influenced/Ska look. Wear with straight leg trousers and braces. You may also want to add a porkpie or trilby hat.
There is a large range of 2 Tone/Ska polo shirts at Amazon UK with prices starting at £14.99. Also look out for Lambretta Polo shirts and Fred Perry Polo shirts. While very authentic, Fred Perry polos are pretty expensive, so you may prefer to go for the previous two options. Trojan Records also have a fantastic range of polo shirts and other mod/ska/reggae clothing items at Amazon.
If you're looking to dress-up for a 70s or 80s party, then for a cost-effective 2 Tone/Ska 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.
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 and a bargain price!
A short sleeve, long T-shirt dress made from 100% cotton. Shaped to fit and ideal for summer festivals and parties.
These tights are ideal for the Rude Girl look and feature an elasticated waist to fit sizes 8 to 16.
These low-cost 2 tone chequerboard leggings will make an ideal addition to your costume.
Enhance your look with these retro badges. Ideal for creating a rude boy or rude girl fan look.
This stylish, high quality jacket is available in grey and white or black and white and is available for sizes up to 2x X-large.
These are excellent value and even at this price include UV400 protection! Ideal for fancy dress.
A high quality shirt which is ideal for creating a Mod-influenced Ska or 2-Tone style.
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!
Men's Original Monkey Boots
The classic 70s leather Mod boot by Grafters. Available in black or wine.
Okno SELECTA Mod Skinhead Polished Leather Tassle Loafers
All leather in oxblood red. Highly rated by customers. Ideal for ska, 2 Tone and mod looks.
There is a wide range of loafers available at Amazon and prices start at under £30. Just make sure you keep them highly-polished!
Smart Patent Mod Loafers
Classic Oxfords with a shiny finish, slip-on with tassel. Excellent value and includes a shoe horn and dust bag.
Dr. Marten's Boots
For an authentic late 70s mod-influenced look, opt for Doc Martens originals in oxblood colour. For true authenticity, 10 eye or even 14 eye boots should be worn. However, 8-eye are perfectly acceptable and you can buy the non-originals at a cheaper price. A low-cost alternative is to opt for monkey boots
Ska and 2 Tone Messenger Bags
You'll find a wide range of stylish messenger bags available at the Ripped Ink Clothing Co. store on Amazon. We found around 40 designs with prices between £17.99 and £18.99, although these are subject to change, of course.
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