Mods and Rockers couldn't be more different! Mods favoured
attention to detail and neatness in order to emulate the chic,
clean cut fashions of Italy, France and, latterly, America.
Britain's rebounding economy meant more people had more money so
they could afford designer labels and clothing.
For guys, it was all about dark, clean cut suits. Tonic,
mohair, three buttons and slim lapels were all the calling cards of
proper Mod clothing. Good tailors were a Mod's best friend, and the
boutiques of Carnaby Street and the King's Road were always packed
with hip young things making all necessary adjustments.
As things got more casual as the decade progressed,
Harrington jackets, Fred Perry polo shirts, desert
boots and skinnyLevi's jeans
became the day-to-day wear for male Mods. And of course, the
ex-military fishtail parka is a classic piece of
Twiggy, Jane Birkin and Edie Sedgwick were all style goddesses
for Mod girls. Pixie cuts and bobs were combined with the quirky
Mod look. Miniskirts from Mary Quant, scooter and Mondrian inspired
dresses combined with bold, eye catching colours were all favoured
- some even featured metallic elements inspired by the space race!
Op art, or optical art, included geometric shapes and styles that
adorned many garments.
But what about Rockers? You couldn't get as far from sharp
Italian suits and cutesy dresses if you tried.
Rockers were all about the 1950s in their styles and tastes.
Inspired by classic movies like the Marlon Brando starring The Wild
One and American bike gangs, Rockers favoured black leather
jackets, denim and chunky boots.
Even their mode of transport differed! While Mods preferred to
tear about on Italian scooters, such as Vespas or Lambrettas,
Rockers preferred proper motorbikes like Triumphs 500s. This meant
that their leather jackets weren't just a call
back to 50s Americana; they were also very practical when crossing
the country at speed from the backs of their storming bikes.
While they were certainly distinct, both sub-cultures have had
a lasting influence on fashion and culture. Mod revivalists of the
late 70s, spearheaded by The Jam, rekindled the suited and booted
look whereas frayed denim and battered leather will always be
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