The way we dress

What is it and is there really a 'perfect body'? We discuss the issues and the progress that's being made.

The way we dress

Not only that, but subcultures have often looked to their appearance as one of their main means of rebellion — which is perhaps why subcultures are such ripe sources of inspiration for menswear designers, even long after the underground pioneers have reached for the slippers and elastic waistbands.

Here are the ones that made their stamp on our style: Punk Dead set on stripping away the musical and other excesses of s and s rock, punk was about making music as raw and unvarnished as possible. Which goes some way in explaining why punks dressed the way they did. Studded leather biker jackets.

Straight edge lifestyle, optional. But the ground they broke then arguably set the stage for our current obsession for all things sports luxe and athleisure. Jacobs won a CFDA award in T-shirts were technically underwear, and jeans were actual, literal workwear.

Two style icons constantly name-checked today — Marlon Brando and James Dean — played greasers, and they were the roles in The Wild One and Rebel Without a Cause, respectively that made them enduringly famous, at least for their style.

The way we dress

John Travolta in Grease? Blue Jeans Mods While style for other subcultures was secondary, mods pretty much made their name on theirs. Pitting themselves against rockers, s mods who initially earned their name from a love of modernist jazz splurged on slim-cut suits and scooters to stake their claim to the status of coolest subculture.

It will always be in my heart. Arguably one of the most fashion-forward subcultures, the mods and their numerous revivalists have shared a passion for style. Mods would spend a large portion of their money on bespoke, tailored suits, often in much slimmer cuts than were widely popular at the time, paired with a skinny tie.

This is a style of suiting which has seen several resurgences over the years and remains a strong choice today.

The way we dress

However, the item for which they are best remembered is the humble parka. Having first become popular with mods as a means of keeping their expensive suits clean while riding their scooters, the parka is now so ubiquitous as a practical wardrobe staple that we keep reaching for it every winter.

In fact, the first wave — heavily influenced by rudeboys and reggae culture — were largely apolitical.

Also integral to their authentically British image was the tipped Fred Perry polo shirt. Classically masculine with its sharp lines and trim fit, the Fred Perry polo was first adopted by the mods but it was the skins who — set against their hardline aesthetic — charged it with its full countercultural potential.

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