TWO TONE AND SKA FASHION
FOR MEN AND WOMEN
Ah, yes! Who can forget the Ska and Mod Revival of the late 70s and early 80s?
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.
Most Popular Ska and 2 Tone Clothing
British Made Harrington Jacket
Ska Polo T-Shirts
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. Whilst 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.
Ska Varsity Jacket
2 Tone and Ska T-shirts
We now have two 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.
Ska Dancers Dress
Mod and Ska Skirts
Retro Button Down Paisley Shirt
A high quality shirt which is ideal for creating a Mod-influenced Ska or 2-Tone style.
Ska and Mod Long Sleeve Shirts
Retro Tweed Mod Style Straight Leg Trousers
Men's Original Monkey Boots
Brogues and Loafers
The loafer (with or without a tassle) is a British classic and there is a wide range of loafers available. A slip-on is preferable but harder to find. The price of Brogues can be eye-watering, but the range is more substantial than loafer. If you want something relatively low-cost, then you will like this pair of reasonably priced Oxford Brogues which feature a wooden heel. Just make sure you keep them highly-polished!
Dr. Martens Boots
For an authentic mod-influenced look, opt for Doc Martens originals in oxblood colour. However, cherry red is acceptable. For true authenticity, 10 eye or even 14 eye boots should be worn. However, these are difficult to find these days and 8-eye are perfectly acceptable. You can buy the non-originals at a cheaper price. A low-cost alternative is to opt for monkey boots
Pork Pie Hats
Ska and 2 Tone Dress-Up Accessories
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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