This trend baffles me somewhat, part mod, part skinhead, part new age and part vintage. I can only describe it as a trend that I can imagine to have been big in Brighton in the 60’s – whether that is correct or not is another matter. One thing that is for certain is fashion is going around in a full circle and men are taking inspiration from trends that were popular many generations ago. I’m going to take a look at the main aspects that surround this trend and the wardrobe staples that you all need.
One of the most popular aspects of this trend is the skinny jean, a trend that originated in the 1950’s and has been a constant fashion jean ever since. Over the past couple of years skinny jeans for men have become bigger than ever, and now every well-known brand stock slim and drainpipe fitted jeans.
As well as jeans, denim jackets are also making a surprising comeback; some vintage stores even stock these jackets dated back to the 1940’s – its not a trend for everyone, but paired with some drainpipe trousers, a bow tie and a printed tee, you will be this trend personified.
Printed t-shirts have always been around, but for this trend you need to opt for more retro prints, such as this sex pistol one; the key to this is not to look overly ‘2012’ – there may be a lot of printed tee’s on offer but not all of them would go with this trend. Look for white t-shirts with single or two colour screen-printed designs, my personal favourites are from ASOS Marketplace – they have lots of screen-printed designs to choose from.
Not everyone’s cup of tea, braces are also making a comeback. What was once (and still is to some) known as ‘geek chic’, a pair of braces are the perfect accessory if you are wanted to look a bit different and still have a fashion edge. In terms of what to wear them with, for this trend anything goes; if you want to aim towards the mod style, pair them with a skinny fitted suit and a crisp shirt, and if you want to sway more to the skinhead then a pair of acid wash jeans and a slogan top will look perfect too.
This is where the mod aspect of the trend comes in and once again not everyone is going to be a fan, but we are starting to see more and more bow ties on the high street. This is where you can experiment with clashing prints, a faded Hawaiian printed shirt clashed with a floral patterned bow tie, finished off with a pair of blue skinny jeans. Or if the print clash isn’t your thing, make a plain shirt a little more interesting with a coloured (or patterned) bow tie.
You can make this look your own in a number of ways, be it just adding a pair of braces to your outfit or going all of the way with a top and drainpipe jeans. But if this trend is a little ‘dark’ for you then try a vacation style take on this trend – pairing the same aspects of this one but using pastel shades and patterned prints. Here’s some product picks to establish this trend: