Mod style is as popular as it was back in the day. Here’s some tips for how you could make the most of mod fashion.
Dating back to the 60s, mod fashion was a popular style for city folk and it’s easy to see why. With resurgences throughout the 20th century, the style has endured and you can still find lots of examples of shops selling mod clothing in London. From the Gallagher brothers of Oasis, the mod style has endured not just as a subculture and fashion trend but as a lifestyle choice. Not just for men either; with icons like 60’s model Twiggy still imprinted in our minds, many women still follow the mod look as well. There’s plenty of examples in clothing for both men and women’s fashion of the mod culture still thriving. Here are a few we’ve noticed.
Gingham, derived from the Malaysian for “striped”, is the pattern on many mens shirts which remains fashionable to this day. Just look to Ben Sherman and Fred Perry for examples of just how popular these small checkered shirts remain in the 21st century. The mod culture saw men and women buttoning their gingham shirts right to the top, and whilst many still do to get that classic mod look, there other countless open collar wearers of the shirt. Whether going casual with an open collar or unmistakably mod with a closed collar under a boating jacket, the gingham shirt is still a staple of mod culture which has remained edgy to this day.
When mods went casual, they’d usually look to the polo shirt to do the job for them. Being a staple of european tennis wear in the 1940’s and 50’s, the mods recognised in the polo shirt the same quality which elevated them above other subcultures, an air of sophistication. And so the polo shirt became a classic look for the mods. In the mdo resurgence, female mods would also take the polo shirt for their own, the smart casualness of it appealing to the generally dressed up sensibilities of the culture. With many brands creating their own version of the polo shirt, there’s still a diverse range to find to this day.
Male mod hair
The mod haircut can be seen in as diverse figures as Paul Weller and Martin Freeman, two modern day mods who have kept the look fresh in the 21st century. On top of this, you can see examples of or haircuts derived from the mod style in countless bands and hipsters across the country but the roots are always easy to spot. From the mop top craze started by The Beatles to french combing the hair. French combing is the technique of teasing the hair, taking sections of the crown of your head and combing it from underneath. The page boy look has gained popularity again, as has the caesar cut, in which a short straight fringe is contrasted by longer sides and the hair pushed forwards.
Woman’s mod hair
Men can’t get all the fun. From Brigitte Bardot to Katy Perry, mod haircuts have travelled through the ages to be just as relevant today as they were back in the 60’s. Part of this is down to just how dramatic they are, many creating a striking look which not many other styles can get at. Womens mod hairstyles which are still popular today include the Pixie cut, a short back and sides with a choppy fringe. This hairstyle has been seen on many A-list celebrities. The bouffant still has its champions past the age of Jackie Kennedy, with actors such as Lily Collins still rocking the 60’s blow out hair do. Other popular hairstyles include the half up do, with the back kept up and the front resting over the forehead. On top of this there is the beehive rocked by Adele and at one time J-Lo.
You can still see plenty of men wearing the classic jam shoes whilst the brogue is a timeless staple of a man’s wardrobe. With many other smart shoes you can see the classic two tone mod style as well as the monk strap slip ons which echo back to the 60’s. You could also find classic trainers such as Adidas being popular with the more casual mod.
Back in the 60’s, womens shoes were all about vinyl and bold colours. The space age and the imagination and possibilities that this sparked led to forward thinking fashion with both two tone and bold colours, especially from the minds of Andy Warhol’s Factory collective. Whilst nowadays colours are a little more muted in our shoes, you can still find mod vintage throwbacks in the likes of leather heels with a coloured two tone shine.