TWO TONE AND SKA FASHION

CLOTHING IDEAS

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.

Ska - 2 Tone Music - The Best Of The Specials

 

Most Popular Ska and 2 Tone Clothing

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 and a bargain price!

Ska Rude Boy Black Polo Shirt for Men

 

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.

For a full-on Mod look, wear with braces, drainpipe jeans with turn-ups and Dr Marten boots. Shaving your head is optional!

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Men's Varsity Jacket, black and white

 

Ska Varsity Jacket

This stylish, high quality jacket is available in grey and white or black and white and is available for sizes from X-small to 3XL.

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 Black Dress

 

Ska Dancers Dress

A short sleeve, long T-shirt dress (black or white) made from 100% cotton. Shaped to fit and ideal for summer festivals and parties.

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

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Men's Tartan Tweed Mod Trousers

 

Retro Tweed Mod Style Straight Leg Trousers

These are just perfect for creating a Madness/2 Tone costume. A classic slim fit available in sizes 30 to 42 inch waist. If you're in your 50s, like me, you'll probably need to allow room for that beer belly!

Men's original Monkey Boots

 

Men's Original Monkey Boots

The classic 70s leather Mod boot by Grafters. Available in black or wine.

Men's Oxford Brogues with Wooden Heel. Choice of colours. Sizes 7 to 13

 

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

You may remember Robert De Niro wearing a Pork Pie Hat in the 1973 movie Mean Streets. The hat became a popular choice with Ska and 2 Tone bands, and is a timeless classic. You can buy them in a wide range of styles including tweed and faux leather. Many come with the classic striped band.

Ska and 2 Tone Dress-Up Accessories

Mens Black & White Check Chequered SKA Polyester Skinny Neck TieMens Black & White Check Chequered SKA Polyester Skinny Neck Tie2 Pairs Mens Ska 2 Tone Socks by Mazeys, East Yorkshire2 Pairs Mens Ska 2 Tone Socks by Mazeys, East YorkshireMens Piano Keyboard Neck TieMens Piano Keyboard Neck TieSka Porkpie Hat Classic Black, Large 58cmSka Porkpie Hat Classic Black, Large 58cmRelco Narrow 1 inch Black/White Check Braces/Suspenders Skin Mod Retro SkaRelco Narrow 1 inch Black/White Check Braces/Suspenders Skin Mod Retro SkaSka Tote / Shoulder Bag. Environmentally Friendly and Re-UsableSka Tote / Shoulder Bag. Environmentally Friendly and Re-UsableSka Dancers Laptop Messenger BagSka Dancers Laptop Messenger BagSka Duffle / College / Rucksack / Beach BagSka Duffle / College / Rucksack / Beach Bag6 x Ska and 2 Tone Button Badges6 x Ska and 2 Tone Button BadgesSka Cufflinks in chrome presentation boxSka Cufflinks in chrome presentation boxSka Sealed Tobacco Tin with rolle-ups - collector's giftSka Sealed Tobacco Tin with rolle-ups - collector's giftToo Much Too Old Funny Ska Metal SignToo Much Too Old Funny Ska Metal SignMadness Keyring Gift. Double-sided.Madness Keyring Gift. Double-sided.Handmade Madness Ska CufflinksHandmade Madness Ska CufflinksMadness A3 PosterMadness A3 PosterSka Madness One Step Beyond Messenger bag by Ripped Ink Clothing Co.Ska Madness One Step Beyond Messenger bag by Ripped Ink Clothing Co.Ska Rude Boy Sticker Decal. Add to your car, van, laptop or mancave!Ska Rude Boy Sticker Decal. Add to your car, van, laptop or mancave!2 Tone Heart-shaped Pin Badge2 Tone Heart-shaped Pin BadgeThe Specials Enamel Badge by Mainly Metal UKThe Specials Enamel Badge by Mainly Metal UKChequerboard SKA 2 Tone Black & White Hat Metal Enamel Badge by Mainly Metal UKChequerboard SKA 2 Tone Black & White Hat Metal Enamel Badge by Mainly Metal UKSka in the Car Sticker - for your car, obviously!Ska in the Car Sticker - for your car, obviously!Message To You Ska Trumpeter Graphic Messenger Bag by Ripped Ink ClothingMessage To You Ska Trumpeter Graphic Messenger Bag by Ripped Ink ClothingSka Rude Boy Dancer Mug. 91 five star ratings from customers.Ska Rude Boy Dancer Mug. 91 five star ratings from customers.Rude Boy / Rude Girl Coffee MugRude Boy / Rude Girl Coffee MugOriginal Rude Girl Black Messenger BagOriginal Rude Girl Black Messenger BagGang Ska Messenger Bag by Ripped Ink ClothingGang Ska Messenger Bag by Ripped Ink ClothingSka Rude Boy Thinsulate Beanie Hat by FatCuckoo Gifts, LancashireSka Rude Boy Thinsulate Beanie Hat by FatCuckoo Gifts, LancashireSka Trumpet Thinsulate Beanie Hat by FatCuckoo Gifts, EnglandSka Trumpet Thinsulate Beanie Hat by FatCuckoo Gifts, EnglandAdjustable Unisex Checker 2 Tone Belt by Urban ClassicsAdjustable Unisex Checker 2 Tone Belt by Urban ClassicsNorthern Soul Mod Ska Beat Vintage Metal SignNorthern Soul Mod Ska Beat Vintage Metal SignRude Girl, Madness and Ska Metal Enamel Badge Set of 3 by Bonjers 4 BadgesRude Girl, Madness and Ska Metal Enamel Badge Set of 3 by Bonjers 4 Badges

 

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.