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Getting To Know The Mod Shirt

As modern art became popular, shirts became a new creature entirely during the mod era.

Mods have long been known for their striking shirt wear. Ever since the mop was top, City Gents would make that extra effort to dress to impress. The Mod strayed from the conservative work shirt look and instead added an extra dash of zing to their button ups. That’s why even to this day mod wear is still popular. With striking patterns and designer labels, mods added a refreshing touch to the every day shirt. Below you can find some of the popular examples of this, and the reasons why shirts changed so dramatically during the era.

History of the mod shirt

The first mods were mostly young working-class men or art school students who took to European style for their inspiration. The metropolitan glamour of the French New Wave and modern jazz led to the first of the youth cult to imitate the suit and shirt styles of Europe and singers such as Miles Davis. It was this clean-cut and obsessively crisp look which led to the beautifully ironed shirts and neat collars. The shirts themselves were often designer, orignating from Italian brands and were far more expensive in the 60’s than they are in current mod shops. With both short and long sleeves being popular, msot shirts were buttoned down to the neck and symmterical n their patterns. There were a variety of popular shirt patterns which became popular during the era.

Checkered shirts

Many shirts took the classic checkered look as both a smart and casual wear during the mdo era. With brands such as Ben Sherman and Fred Perry being popular in the 60’s, they were also incredibly easy to find in the cities, wher emost mods resided. The checkered shirt would usually come in small print and in a variety of colours. Whilst the background fo the shirt was often white, there were a huge variety of checkered colours to choose from including blue red and even black. The checks were neat, symmetrical and are still popular to this day with amny brands taking them to new heights with the lumber jack print.


Gingham was a slightly narrower checkered design and comes from the Malayan word for striped. As a two coloured checked shirt, from a distance it gives the impression of being striped due to the small square checks. Gingham is also known for being dyed before the patterns woven in, giving it a deeper and fuller colour.

Polka Dots

Polka Dot shirts were and still are a staple in mod shirt designs. Their bold white polka dot on block colour shirts design made any mod suit stand out, that dash of striking character being one of the most eye catchign elements of mod culture. So where did the polka dot shirt craze come from? With the surge in modern art movements in New York and Europe, the polka dot attempted to reflect this gaudy and symmetrical pop art movement through this art gallery clothing.


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