At Sherry’s London, we stock a diverse range of mod clothing UK, here are some examples…
One of our most popular garments, for sure – and that could well be down to the fact that, as mod fashion goes, polo shirts are definitely wearable by men and women equally. No question, the short-sleeved, pique cotton polo shirt is the original mod-tastic type and, for many, the best you can pull on. And you can create a supreme look, for sure, by pairing one along with a Harrington jacket (see below) and desert boots – indeed, it was this sort of look that pretty much became a uniform of sorts for the first wave of mods back in the 1960s.
Nowadays, though? Well, as you may well be aware, the mod movement – which, of course, is still going strong – is so enduring not just because of its appeal but because of its flexibility in terms of clothing, so why not put your own spin on your mod outfit if a polo shirt’s at the centre of it?
In general, you’ll probably find polos in plain, neutral colours the easiest and most stylish kinds to wear (such as the white, black, navy and burgundy examples you’ll find on our site – although you might try one of our John Smedley striped polo shirts too). That said, you should definitely consider different styles – while short-sleeved pique efforts are perfect for casual wear; long-sleeved versions suit semi-formal wear better.
The Harrington, mentioned above, is a jacket that you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone feels isn’t particularly smart and cool. This a piece of outerwear that’s all about diversity – it’ll not only ensure you look sharp on the outside, but it’ll keep you warm, dry and snug in bad weather (very welcome this time of year!). Beautifully designed, Harrington jackets feature zip fronts, two-button collars, ribbed waists, back vents and, of course, iconic tartan linings.
Interestingly, although the Harrington is undoubtedly – and rightly – identified with the UK-originating mod movement, it probably owes its popularity and name to two American icons. The jacket was first produced as far back as the 1930s by the Grenfell firm in Burnley, Lancashire, and the Baracuta company in Manchester, whose G-9 version of the garment maybe remains today’s most recognised.
And yet, the jacket’s surge could well have come about at least 20-30 years later when Elvis Presley wore one in the 1958 movie King Creole, while surprisingly, it gained its name from ‘Rodney Harrington’, a character played by Ryan O’Neal, whom wore one in the US TV soap opera Peyton Place (1964-69). Then, of course, it went on to become a men’s mod clothing favourite – and of mod-inspired stars of the modern age, such as Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn, Martin Freeman and, naturally, the Modfather himself, Paul Weller.
You’ll find that, when worn with smart jeans and a polo (as mentioned above), a Harrington jacket can pull off a terrific look – not least in one of the many colours available from us at Sherry’s, such as navy, burgundy, black, green, sky or limited edition ‘James Dean red’. We even sell them in children’s sizes!
‘Mary Quant’ minidresses
It could be said that, principally, the original 1960s mod fashion was all about refashioning past items and making them cool, essential and awesome-looking, but undoubted innovation and something totally new came in the form of the clothing dreamt up by London-based fashion designer Mary Quant – and especially her minidresses. Now, admittedly, the debate will rage on as to whether Ms Quant actually invented the miniskirt and the minidress, but what’s beyond doubt is that her fantastic designs ensured they sold like hotcakes and became an absolute icon of the age.
Essentially, an ‘A-line’-style dress, but less fitted at the hips, with an obviously shorter hemline (some way above the knee) and often in bold colours and dynamic block patters, the Mary Quant minidress helped defined the Swinging Sixties’ ‘London look’. Indeed, you’ll find a fine collection of ’60s-inspired minidresses and ‘baby doll’ dresses (also massively popularised by Mary Quant’s designs) on our website – so why not pay it a visit and take a look around? We’re sure you’ll find something that takes your fancy!