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OK, I'm a little green in some NS areas and was wondering if I could get any pointers on clothing from "the days" and now. What I am looking for is articles, books, websites etc., discussing NS Male fashion then and now. Any help would be appreciated.

In the meantime, anyone know of what sock colours were worn and why ?

Thanks.

Maz

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Can't think of an authoritative text but you will find passing references in all the key books on the Casino. Socks were generally plain and in line with the skinhead fashion of the time namely red, white, lime green, orange, possibly fluorescent in colour, something that stood out under turned up Levi's. By then of course, we were wearing Oxford Bags, custom made corduroy trousers by Spencer's, brogues, anything sharp from the local boutique. Leather trench coats took over from Crombies but cord bomber jackets were in come 1974 and leather bomber jackets soon after. Some of the lads were wearing vest or singlets decked with badges but bowling shirts and patterned tea-shirts were more popular. Plenty of photo evidence out there if you're doing some historical research.

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Hi. Have a look in the gallery on here and you will be able to see plenty of photographic evidence of what people where wearing back in the seventies. Good Luck

Steve

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Alternatively, most Northern soul nights will have some 1970s throwbacks wearing baggy trousers, vests, circle skirts etc.

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Don't forget those apple turnover shoes and your best prince of Wales cheque razor seamed trousers and black blazer with a million buttons up the sleeves.  Cheers

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Wore white socks back in the day at Station Rd so everyone could see my awesome foot movements light up under the Fluro light in front of the stage.

As for todays fashion, it's just the same as 40 years ago except it doesn't look as good on a pensioner.

 

 

 

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On 20/02/2016 at 19:37, zamnocob said:

OK, I'm a little green in some NS areas and was wondering if I could get any pointers on clothing from "the days" and now. What I am looking for is articles, books, websites etc., discussing NS Male fashion then and now. Any help would be appreciated.

In the meantime, anyone know of what sock colours were worn and why ?

Thanks.

Maz

In "the days" most of us looked like twats! :elvis:

Thankfully, because I'm so young, :rolleyes:  I only had to endure about a year of the baggies, vests and polyveldt look. I knew it was time to change when I came down stairs in a pair of denim patchwork baggies and me elderly mam said "Our Pete, you look a twat dressed like that". :yes:

Bless you mam.

Peter

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Excellent pete, my mum (rip) was quite nifty with a needle and thread, she made me some grey bag trousers  cause I thought those Spencer's looked like a skirt far too wide.anyway trousers looked great so some time later she made me some patch denims again slightly narrower, mainly using back pockets and really looked the part except they weighed more than me. You'd need a team to turn you around for a spin, probably explains my crap back. Cheers

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19 hours ago, Peter99 said:

In "the days" most of us looked like twats! :elvis:

Thankfully, because I'm so young, :rolleyes:  I only had to endure about a year of the baggies, vests and polyveldt look. I knew it was time to change when I came down stairs in a pair of denim patchwork baggies and me elderly mam said "Our Pete, you look a twat dressed like that". :yes:

Bless you mam.

Peter

I was always warned by my parents that I'd take off if there was a strong wind.  They also said if I picked my nose, my head would cave in.  Well, I'm still here.

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T,other week was sat at a do llooked round at my companions all wearing button down collared check shirts myself included , thought to myself what a sad lot all in uniform . 

So going out and bying some new clobber so if you see someone dancing around in a Guns and Roses or Motorhead T shirt it will probably be me . Rock on 

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Many thanks for all your comments and admissions ! Read them all and really helped. Thank you.

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 i always wore the clothes i bought for every day life as a teenage working class lad into  style,football and music, i think  these sort of clothes evolved into a distinctive  northern soul style as the scene became more popular and chances to sell clothes, badges ,bags etc were very quickly noticed by entrepenuers, mainly on the scene........

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If you can find it on the Internet daily. Mirror article from 1978 dance baby dance. Im on the centre page  dancing at the casino with polyvelts. White socks. Black Oxford bags twin white piping running up each leg with patch pocket either side. 2 rear pockets with flaps  upper body naked apart from the black fist around my neck. Would have had white capped t shirts and a black Harrington jacket Wouldn't be seen dead like it now lol 

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Just like all fashionista.... If somebody turned up in something different that looked good, we all followed like sheep.

Oxford bags.....got baggier, got flashier, got made to measure unique...then all done and dusted and pegs came in.

Just typical youth culture to have an identity like teddy boys and skinheads before us.

You could tell most Northern Soul fans by what they wore. 

Obviously somebody started it off, changed it, and lots of companies latched onto the trends.

Burton's and Jackson's Taylor's had queues out the door for youths wanting individual made to measure clothes.

Great times...

Now everything is off the peg.

I doubt the skills are there anymore to make those suits anymore.

Ed

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Roxy Rob of roxy Threads was still Making baggies and bowling shirts for the returnees in the early 2000's   now the 60's mafia look was across between 1940's demob coats. Black jeans with turn ups high waist band and  print shirts  of various designs also 1940's Oxford bags smart blazer and shirt. I'll post photos of them  when I get out of hospital 

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For the girls, it was circular skirts, which generally your mum had to "run up" for you. I managed to get an "off the peg" black one from Chelsea girl back in the day but it was never long enough or heavy enough and it wasn't quite a full circle. 

I used to sit in envy at the girls who had the real deal. The flow and movement of the skirt certainly enhanced the style of dancing and made it look more fluid and smooth.

I persuaded my mum to make one, with a "bib" at the front "dungaree" style, under which a white or black cap sleeves T shirt would be worn.  There became a trend to sew white lace around the perimeter of the hem because the effect of this under the purple fluorescent lights was quite cool, especially when doing spins as the hem would look like a bright white rippling hoola hoop rippling round your body. This would be worn with white socks (weirdly we always wanted white towelling socks?), and a pair of flat polyvelt shoes from Clarks affectionately known as "pasties" because they looked like Cornish pasties.  I remember the fabric for the skirt costing £10, which was a fortune in those days, and being terrified in case my mum botched it up, which she didn't. It weighed a ton and matched with the cumbersome "pasties" it's a wonder we managed to dance.  "Pasties" didn't come cheap either, I think they were around £10 too. 

Kitting yourself out for a night at Wigan, plus the rail fare, entrance charge etc was quite a sum, especially when you were still in education. I used to go without lunch and save the money for the things in life that took priority over lumpy mash and soggy cabbage.

Alan, the proprietor of Spencer's in Halifax, is a relative of mine and he would be happy to talk to you about the Oxford bags he manufactured for the scene. He will know the different pocket styles, width of leg etc. He is still manufacturing today, made to measure trousers and "Plus Fours" for the American golfing market. Drop him an e-mail if you like. I know he will be happy to help.

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