The view in the 60’s was either follow your father’s footsteps, or rebel – Mod’s are rebels!
“ My school forbade long hair so we grew long hair. Cuban heel boots were not allowed so we wore them. The Beatles and Stones were considered the antichrists so we listened to them, idolised them and emulated them. Dad was old fashioned, we were modern. Anything he liked we hated. We were mods!” – Steve Bellamy, an ex-Mod.
In the early days of the Skinheads, they chose boot lace colours based on the football team they supported. Later, the more political based Skinheads chose lace colour to indicate beliefs or affiliations.
They wore buttoned-up shirts and polo shirts by brands such as Ben Sherman, Fred Perry, Lonsdale, etc.
There footwear consisted of army boots, Doc Martens and ‘Bovver Boots’.
They were known to wear Trilby hats and flat caps.
Punks seek to outrage others with the highly theatrical use of clothing, hairstyles, cosmetics, tattoos, jewellery and body modification. Early punk fashion adapted everyday objects for aesthetic effect: ripped clothing was held together by safety pins or wrapped with tape; ordinary clothing was customized by embellishing it with marker or adorning it with paint; a black bin liner became a dress, shirt or skirt; safety pins and razor blades were used as jewellery.
They wore leather jackets and both sexes wore make up.
During the 60’s and 70’s, moustaches, beards and long hair became common amongst Hippies and they were known to be very colourful.
Hippies sought to free themselves from societal restrictions, choose their own way, and find new meaning in life. One expression of hippie independence from societal norms was found in their standard of dress and grooming, which made hippies instantly recognizable to one another, and served as a visual symbol of their respect for individual rights.
Women wore little or no make-up and often went bra-less – this gave them a sense of freedom.