Skinhead Girl Style

Skinhead Girl Style

(Updated 27/January/2013)

“Gear is vitally important to skinheads and suedeheads”. FACT.

Half a year ago, I wrote these few lines to share more or less what would have been worn by skinhead girls and sorts back in the late 60’s and early 70’s but now, as everyday new things come to light and we learn a little bit, I feel the need to update it. It is such an interesting topic; unfortunately, very few things have been written about it. Therefore, I would like to share once again the new things I have “learnt”, some additions and some modifications, hope you like it :)

As I said in the original post, we would require a whole book to explain all the things related to the Style of the Skinhead Girls. There are so many details if we take into account different aspects such as the country, region, city, age, money, year, month… Fashion changed quickly back then! A whole world indeed! And sadly, most of us weren’t there to live it and see it. However, I have managed to meet knowledgeable people who have kindly shared their experiences and information about the proper style with us, such as Rosa and Jan and all the other original skinhead girls who have got in contact with me, thanks a lot! Shall we start?

Shirts, blouses and tops

Skinhead girls would usually wear the same button down shirts as the boys, particulary during the weekend when you really had to look the part. There were quite a few makes but the most well-known ones by us nowadays are definitely Ben Sherman, Brutus, Jaytex, InShop and perhaps, Arnold Palmer, Naytex (rip-off of Jaytex) or Timex. Those makes would make shirts for men only, except InShop which would produce shirts for girls as well (beautiful shirts I may add). Moreover, we can’t forget that back in the day, they would also wear US imports which had a box pleat (not full) and the first button a bit lower than their UK versions. Here are a some examples of shirts, the most popular ones being plain, striped, with gingham check, window pane check or madras check:

S/L Brutus with red gingham check, L/S Jaytex with brown/orange/beige gingham check, pink/beige striped Ben Sherman, S/L checked InShop? (Not sure about the make as it does not have a label but I have seen this one by InShop and Mr. Pigalle), L/S US madras check shirt


We have to bear in mind that shirts back then didn’t have such a great emphasis as nowadays and it was also very common to see girls wearing blouses instead of shirts. Probably for a more informal/casual look, for example during the day, skinhead girls would also wear knit tops (short sleeve jumpers) or twin sets. This style is, unfortunately, not so seen these days but I’m crazy about it and wear it almost everyday for work; believe me, they are very comfortable and warm in the winter depending on the fabric and a cheaper alternative to shirts. They would have a crew or mock neck, plain or with little buttons. I have also seen photos of girls wearing them with suits, very nice.

Lovely skinhead girl Pauline Kelly wearing a knit jumper ith mock neck I think

Lovely skinhead girl Pauline Kelly wearing a red knit jumper with mock neck – 1970

Girl on the left is wearing a crew neck jumper with a double-breasted Prince of Wales check suit

Girl on the left is wearing a crew neck jumper with a double-breasted Prince of Wales check suit

Here you can see more examples of this fantastic piece of clothing:

Pale yellow crew neck jumper with little details on the neckline and sleeves, red mock neck jumper with ribbed pattern, plain sky blue crew neck jumper, mustard crew neck jumper with raglan sleeves, beige mock neck jumper with little buttons to the front


Moving on to the 70’s side of things, button down shirts would still be worn, particularly in the cities where the fashion arrived a bit later, but there were two other popular styles: the beagle/penny round collar and the pointed collar. Nowadays, penny collar shirts are very popular but I’m not too much into this style anymore and only have two examples to show you but you know them well:

Yellow Jon Wood and checked InShop shirt


Coats and jumpers

The jumpers would have a crew or mock neck. Twin sets, cardigans and ‘V-neck’s were also popular. But to make things easier, Jan, an original and very smart skinhead girl, told me that what they would really wear is a suit jacket.

Regarding tank tops, have you realised that even though they were very popular among boys since the late 60’s, they were not often seen on girls until the early 70’s? They would have a v-neck or round-neck and would be plain or with horizontal stripes or fair-isle patterns.

About coats, there is one that screams out skinhead: the sheepskin coat, popular in tan colour in the earlier days and then in the same or darker shade. However, the smartest ones would be the crombie style coats, in fashion since the winter ’69-’70. Other styles to keep you warm were the tweed coats, suede jackets and harringtons.

Girls wearing tweed coats, the one on the right said they were very popular where she lived. Tweed it!

Girls wearing tweed coats, the one on the right said they were very popular where she lived.


The skirt thing is very easy: usually mini-length and A-cut. They had pleats, small pocket flaps, buttons, etc. Skinhead girls would have never worn a midi or a maxi, although this changed in the end of the suedehead/beginning of the smoothie era (midis) and then in the end of the smoothie era (maxis).

These short skirts would be made of Trevira, a cheaper alternative to mohair, in a tonic style but not so loud colours, rather dark. They would also be made of a tartan pattern (in the early 70’s the bias cut would be very popular too) or just plain.

Tonic skirts but I was not very creative I’m afraid… Dark brown, mid blue, navy blue, plum.



For jeans, the well-known ones are: Levi’s, Wrangler, Lee… However, this depended a lot on where you lived. Someone with the London look probably would have never worn a Wrangler and would stick to Levi’s. Someone from the North or from Scotland would gladly wear a Wrangler and so on.

Girls would often wear their jeans with heels (without the turn-ups), as seen below, but they would also wear them with boots and turn-ups:

Jeans with heels (no turn-ups)

Jeans with heels (no turn-ups)

Jeans and heels at th back

Jeans and heels at th back

Jeans and heels and footless! to the left

Jeans and heels and footless! to the left

Original 1966 Levi's 501 with big E and selvedge. I must admit I prefer the look with heels and I haven't turned them up

1966 Levi’s 501 with big E and selvedge. I must admit I prefer the look with heels and I haven’t turned them up lol


The most popular one was a kind of shift dress with or without a pocket on the chest for a hankie but usually with one, popular since 1970, I haven’t seen any like this one from the late 60’s.

Some of its features are the round neck, the mini-length and the darts only on bust, but sometimes at the back of the neck as well. It fastens with little buttons to the front (I tend to use the smallest ones or the second smallest ones) but can also be plain to the front with a zipper to the back of the dress. Quite a simple dress and very smart if it is made taking care of the details and with a nice fabric. In this video (min 0.26) you can see an example of this type of dress on the skinhead girl who is dancing with the West Indian boy:

And some pictures:

Early 70's

Early 70’s

There would be versions with penny round collar, dagger collar, peter pan collar, button down collar, long sleeves, short sleeves as well… Many styles to choose from.

Other popular styles would be the two-piece keyhole dress (keyhole at the back of the dress) and, also in the early 70’s, the pinafore and the smock, a very short empire waist dress worn with or without trousers.

As with skirts, at the very end of the smoothie era, midi and maxi dresses would be worn too. The style would be the halter-neck: sleeveless, backless dresses with straps tied behind the neck. Nice but difficult to be worn, I have never seen anyone with this type of dress these days.

At this point, I think it is important to mention that the aim was always to Look Smart. Skinhead girls would not wear dolly styles because that was in fact what differentiated them from the rest of the common girls. This is a VERY important aspect that people tend to forget nowadays, not all the 60’s and 70’s clothes are skinhead gear! Lee explains it quite well in these lines from the ‘People say we’re violent – and we are…’ post:



Suits would usually be off-the-peg, with a manlish and fitted cut. The length of the jacket would vary, for example hip length or 3/4 length. They would have long sleeves, the common thing, but there were also short sleeve jackets.

Jackets would come with 3, 4, 5 or even 6 buttons to the front but they could also be double-breasted. They would have a chest pocket for the hankerchief, twin jet pockets or pocket flaps. In the case of pocket flaps, nothing exaggerated. The common thing would be one pocket flap to each side and maybe a ticket pocket to the right, but I must admit I have also seen jackets with 3 pocket flaps to just one side.

Girls wearing lovely suits. I've got the one to the right with its massive back vent, love it!

Girls wearing nice suits. I’ve got the one to the right with its massive back vent, love it!

Young skinhead girl wearing a suit with "twin jet pockets" I had to look in the dictionary for this one, in Spanish is "bolsillos de ojal", so if anyone knows the real translation, please feel free to correct

Young skinhead girl wearing a suit with “twin jet pockets” I had to look in the dictionary for this term, in Spanish is “bolsillos de ojal”, so if anyone knows the real translation, please feel free to correct

Sleeve buttons would depend on the year, maybe 4 or 5 as and average and sometimes they didn’t even have buttonholes! In the smooths & sorts period, jackets would have lots of buttons on the sleeves.

Another important aspect of the suits is the back vent, usually very deep. Personally, this is the detail I pay most attention to and I have a repro of a skinhead girl 60’s suit (the one in the pic above) with the back vent almost up to the shoulder blades, cool even if I say so!, but the common thing would be up to the waist.

Fabrics for the suits would be plain, tonic (trevira, mohair), Prince Of Wales, pinstripes… Colours tended to be dark, nothing that brought too much attention, such as petrol blue, navy blue, bottle green, brown and black. Nevertheless, light brown/beige was also a popular colour.


We have to bear in mind that girls back then would have very few pairs of shoes. I have read pieces where girls say that they only had one, two or three pairs of shoes. Do you imagine that nowadays? Most of the girls I know wouldn’t survive!

It is true when they say that skinhead girls would wear the fashion shoes from the day BUT there is a nuance. Shoes, according Jan who used to wear the most beautiful shoes I have ever seen, did not have to be from a certain make but from a certain style. In general, they would be slip-on shoes with chunky heels (never stilettos, those were for greasers), high tongue and a chain or buckles. The black skinhead girl some pictures above said exactly the same and if you look closely at pics of original skinhead girls, you will agree too.

Jan and friends wearing their beautiful slip-on shoes (loafers)

Jan and friends wearing their beautiful slip-on shoes ( better known as loafers)

I may be weird lol but I took the opportunity to ask Jan about my shoes and she stood out these ones as a style she would have worn. When we talk about loafers, we talk about something like this (for girls, of course):

Lovely loafer shoes with high tongue. Unfortunatelym, they have died. R.I.P.

Lovely loafer shoes with high tongue. Unfortunately, they have died. R.I.P.

And I tend to think that these ones would also match this style:

Very similar, aren't they?

Very similar, aren’t they?

Other popular styles would be Mary Jane shoes, a type of “dolly shoes” exactly the ones by Anello and Davide as the skinhead girls are wearing in the pictures, and slingbacks :

Mary Jane shoes by Anello and Davide. I managed to get them few days ago

Mary Jane shoes by Anello and Davide. I managed to get a pair few days ago. Lucky me, I was warned to buy one size bigger because they are very narrow and yes, got the right size! So be very careful, if you buy your size, they probably won’t fit.

If by now you’re thinking you don’t have many options not even regarding shoes, well, it might be true, sorry! Luckily, in the 70’s other styles and colours came into fashion for skinhead girls/sorts, such as the lace-up shoes like the ones from Ravel or Dolcis which I love but weren’t worn in the early days. And let’s face it, it is important to match well your shoes with your clothes, with your hair, with your… Phewww! Who said being a (skinhead) girl was easy?!

Regarding boots, I only own a pair of monkey boots, which I have been told were worn by younger skinhead girls (and that the rumour that they were not worn by boys is only a myth). I have never seen a pic of a girl wearing monkey boots but I love to think it’s true as they are so comfy. Doctor Martens would also be worn and in the 70’s, from time to time lace-up/gogo boots.

Shoes were made of patent leather, real or faux. Also suede, sometimes with crepe soles. In the early days, the colour would be mainly black but also white, brown and red were worn. In the 70’s, as I have said before, there were more colours to choose from.

Hair and make-up

Skinhead girls, at least the older ones, loved make-up and wore loads of it, yes! The make-up would be the typical late 60’s one: very heavy in the eyes with a crease in the eyelid, thin eyebrows (very, very thin, sometimes they would pluck them out and pencil them back, Jan told me), false eyelashes top and bottom, some blush and pale lips; like Julie Driscoll, for example, who also had the perfect hairstyle:


Julie Driscoll

The most popular haircuts would be the short on top with longer sides and with the fringe like an arch, like Julie above, and a longer version, “feather cut”, like an hybrid among Rod Stewart/Adam Faith/David Bowie. Hmmm get it? Also side-parted.

Cute skinhead girl with the arched fring and loads of make up, the way it should be

Cute skinhead girl with arched fringe and heavy eye make up, the way it should be

One thing we should bear in mind is that parents in those days were not as permissive as today and some of them wouldn’t let their daughters wear these kinds of haircuts. Some girls would choose to wear it longer, usually the older ones, but others would wear it long because they weren’t allowed to have it short. The ones who would wear it long, would wear it loose, with side or middle parting or off the face with a hairpin, with a ponytail or wrapped into a bun, leaving hair to the sides, sometimes as ringlets, a very popular style in the late 60’s, early 70’s, for example as in this pic:


Girl with longer hair leaving some to the sides ca. 1970-71


  • Handkerchiefs

Handkerchiefs back in the day were very different from the modern ones, they were usually made of silk and simple. They needn’t be the same colour of the shirt but sometimes they were, not the same fabric/pattern though (e.g. gingham). Popular colours were red and blue and it may sound funny but in the case of the crombie coats, skinheads would sometimes pull the red lining out of the chest pocket to wear it as a hankie, very original.

Regarding the way they were folded, the most popular ones would be the one point fold, the square fold and the puff fold. You didn’t see 4 or 5 points as nowadays and it wasn’t necessary to wear pins, although it is said that due to fights or girls taking the hankies away from them, boys did wear pins usually. Some wore them, some not.

  • Jewellery

It didn’t exist something like “skinhead girls’ jewellery” and it wasn’t common to wear many things (vintage rings or bracelets) either. What skinhead girls did wear were hoop earrings, charm bracelets and maybe a little watch (not with millions of straps), maybe a little chain… But these are details that any person would wear in those years, were they skinheads or not.

My charm bracelet. I know, I know it's a bit exaggerated but I like collecting the charms!

My charm bracelet. I know it’s a bit exaggerated but I like collecting charms!

In the smoothie era, love beads would be popular. Oh those 70’s!

  • Perfumes

A very good source told me that a very special perfume among skinhead girls was “Youth Dew” by Estée Lauder. Youth Dew is a real iconic perfume launched in 1953. Women loved it/love it and I bought a bottle to try it. It is a bit strong but, personally, I like it.

I have also been told by original skinhead girls that they would wear Brut aftershave! I would have never thought it.

  • Braces

It wasn’t common for girls to wear braces, although there are some photos showing girls wearing them (usually young ones).

  • Tights

In the early days, the ones they wore were the light coloured tights, (white, ivory), just plain without any pattern. In the early 70’s, apart from the light coloured tights, other colours such as black, grey or natural were also worn but fashion changed quickly back then. Tights then would be plain or patterned, particularly to the sides with flowers, holes (holy cow), argyle, zig-zag… As the ones shown in the next picture from 1971:

Sort wearing grey side patterned tights and lace-up shoes by Ravel

Sort wearing grey side patterned tights and lace-up shoes by Ravel

By the way, that picture above, captures the real 70’s style for sorts. No fancy dresses but rather a very smart look with a cool suit.

Knee socks were another popular style. They were usually worn with the loafers mentioned some paragraphs above and were popular among all girls back then, not only skinhead ones.

Skinhead girl wearing red knee socks with heel loafers with a chain across

Skinhead girl wearing red knee socks with heel loafers with a chain across

This little excursion ends here. I hope that you have liked it and that you have found it interesting or at least not boring! I am missing a lot of details, for sure, but there will always be more time to update it. Never forget that nobody’s born knowing but if someone gives us some information, more than welcome!

Good luck in getting that smart look we like so much, it’s a matter of patience and a lot of interest in doing things well (not mixing years, matching hairtstyle/clothes/shoes, etc.).

And as always in parting, we wish you REGGAE!

♪♫ Put on you mini-mini-dress, I want you to look the very best ♪♫

39 thoughts on “Skinhead Girl Style

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  2. Hello Gabriella.

    When I was in my ‘nearly-teens’ I lived in London. This was 1969, 1970. I can remember borrowing my sister’s Trevira suit (without asking) and going out down the local dancehall to hang out with the local ‘mohair girls’. I was 12-13 trying to look 16, they were 14-15 trying to look 18, but it was thrill to be there in mini-skirt and clumpy shoes, trying to look cool, trying to have a conversation over the sound of very loud reggae.

    The dancehall was the ‘Savoy Rooms’ in Catford, S E London, and I can remember admiring and being so jealous of a girl in a fitted, mohair suit in Prince Of Wales check. We all had what we called ‘centre crop’ hairstyles – they were less severe and more feminine than the style the modern skinhead girls wear. I think the revival girls get the style wrong.

    I’m only sorry I don’t have any pictures from those days, but hardly anyone carried a camera around with them. Occasionally a boy would come up and ask to dance. I never did get all that interested in boys, I was just interested in the fashion and the music. In any case, half way through 1970 the skinhead scene in London started to fade away, and we all went off and did different things.

    I’m now middle-aged and all this is just a memory now, but a pleasant one.

    Marie Marshall

    • Hello, Marie.
      First of all, thank you very much for sharing this little piece of history with us. I posted what you wrote on The Ballroom Blitz Facebook Page and the fans were delighted.
      Regarding what you say about the revival girls it is true up to a point. I don’t understand why with so many pictures, videos and facility to acquire vintage clothes and fabrics, girls do not interest in getting the original style, it’s disappointing. But there are a few girls who stick to the original smart style and try to get the proper look, including myself (I’m only 24 years old).
      I should also mention that the majority of skinheads nowadays are middle-aged! Lol, mainly because they have been skinheads since the 80’s or 90’s but most of them are in their 30’s or 40’s. Unfortunately, we don’t have too many in their 50’s or 60’s to share their experiences with us, the younger ones, even though I do know a handful of original skins from the time who are in the scene.
      Thanks once again!


      • Was a teenage Skinhead first time round, which stayed with me till about the end of 72, i see many older lads mid mid 40s hitting 50, youngsters to me, lol,who go all out wearing tight jeans and shirts, if that`s something they enjoy good luck to them,would feel a bit daft doing that look at my age, it was something i remember,lots of fond memories for me personally, the skinhead look got a bit extreme second time round but was not for me,just hang onto what i remember and enjoy those memories,

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  4. Absolutely superb stuff here :) So good to read someone with such attention to detail – I’m 54 now and have been into this since 1969 when I bought the Harry J 7″ ‘The Liquidator’ – it blew me away! We lived in West London and being just too young for the skinhead generation, we caught the suedehead wave of fashion as a 13 year old. We lived in and around Notting Hill in London so the access to reggae music was easy. I have a few original items of clothing and my young son of 15 is now into the music and the clothes! I still wear my loafers (and DMs :) as well as button down shirts – the style never leaves you :) I am scanning some of my old photos and have some up on my faceBook page from 1973 (by this time, longer hair and we were Smooths). I have some photos of my then girlfriend with her mates – and the style is just perfect. So pleased to see all this stuff here – I often run a Fashion Show called ‘The Decades of Time’ and we take fashion from 1910 to 1970 using original clothes and original music of the time – the public love it!

    • Hi, Bryan.
      Thank you for your kind words. I try to keep the original style as much as I can and to share it on The Ballroom Blitz, because the original style will always be the best style and I know someone might be “touched” by it :) I don’t like the 80’s at all, lol.
      Thank you for sharing these nice bits with us as well. Would it be too cheeky to ask you to see the pics? I’m curious now and always willing to see more vintage photos and style. If not, do not worry.
      Good luck with your Fashion Show “The Decades of Time”, seems to be very interesting!
      Kind regards,

      • Hi Gabriela – if you tie up as friends with me on faceBook you can see the photos in an album – I am in the process of cleaning up some of the original images and I can eMail you over any you like the look of in the best restored shape. We have some good images of fashion and haircuts – some of my photos are being used as reference for the Northern Soul film at the moment :) I have a big collection of reggae from the period 1969-74 :) Really good to see all your work take shape here – they are lots of the original skinheads and suedeheads talking about it this weekend. Keep the faith!

  5. I just thought I would mention that the photo you have used in talking about shoes of the four older girls is of my friends and I (we were 18 when the photo was taken at the Top Rank in Reading. It was taken approx 1969 or 1970). I do have more photos which I would be happy to share. I would be interested to know where you picked up these photo from.

    Interesting article.



    • Hi, Jan.
      Thank you very much for sharing this information with us. I think this is one of the best photos of skinhead girls available!
      I don’t remember exactly where I took it from though, but I think it was on a page with more original skinhead photos, I will try to have a look again and let you know.
      We would be grateful to see more pics, please :)
      Glad that you find the article interesting.
      Kind regards,

  6. Great little site Gabriela … I lived this era, especially through my senior school years 1968 – 74 and I am still a mod/smoothy in my 50’s, as I love clothes and fashion. I lived in Surrey, a little south of London, and still do, so we were there with the London scene. I’m also fascinated still by the girls fashions of the era as well and, can remember a lot of the detail. As you say, the girls didn’t really get into the same clothes as the boys until the skinhead revival in the late 70’s and 80’s, when the style was far more regimented … I remember the shoes, the dresses, mohair, tonic and two tone suits, the patterned tights, the feather hair cuts, the lot …

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  9. I was a skin girl early 70’s from the North. We wore brown brogues and monkey boots, denim miniskirts and trevira jackets, wrangler turned up jeans and Brutus shirts with fair isle tank tops, later moving into crombies and prince of Wales check trousers. We had feather hair cuts with ‘half moon’ fringes. Loved that era, ended too soon. I have also been a Northern Soulie since that time!

  10. Lovely going down memory lane with you Gabriela. But us southern girls liked to wear Brut, or the poor mans version of Jade East from Boots! (Made handbags very heavy and I can remember hitting a lad with my bag forgetting I had a large bottle of it in there) Was never a fan of youth dew and much preferred the after shaves! No mention of the pork pie hats which some of us wore. Jewellery was usually gold hoop wedding ring earrings.

    • Hello Lynn!
      Yes, I have to update some of the information. It’s very interesting that girls wore products for men? Never heard that before!

  11. Karen, I can remember watching people (sailors from the North) dancing to Northern Soul and we just stood around gobsmacked! I go to a local soul club which is mainly N S and I still can’t pick up the steps which is a shame as Id love to be able to join in! It was a dance hardly ever seen in the South. I still have my original earrings and also the tie stud used to keep my hanky in place. I made all my hankies from silk material ‘acquired’ from the school needlework cupboard and had a lovely selection of colours to match the shirts or polo shirts!! My favourite fred perry polo shirt was black with gold emblem and gold stripe around collar and sleeves. It was a fantastic time to spend my teens in and was quite sad when the fashions changed as nothing else looked as smart.

  12. Yes we wore Brut aftershave up North also (pinched my brothers!). We were well behaved even when we went to football with the lads. I still go out dancing with 3 mates from this time to Northern Soul and occasional get the op to dance reggae to skinhead moon stomp, can’t do the back flips now but at 58 can still do all the ns & reggae steps. No harm in keeping the faith, wished I had kept some if the gear though, I don’t think there will ever be an era like the late 60s early 70s!

  13. Fantastic, really really enjoyed reading this, my god brought back memories for me – photographs – great. I was only young during the “first” of the skinhead phase – around 11 or 12 as I remember. But, I had to have all the gear. Mum and dad took me to East Ham market in East London and bought me my beautiful two tone tonic mohair suit. Then came the Dolly shoes (as we called them) – had to have a pair of loafers as well of course. Red sil hanky in pocket of my jacket of said mohair suit – I felt like the bees knees. I had the dark navy crombie and the Ben Sherman shirts etc etc. Loved the music – SKA! ….still listen to it now and still love it with a passion. Made me laugh out loud when you mentioned the perfume “Youth Dew” – OMG I had forgotten that! It was a must have wasn’t it. Strong powerful blow your head off perfume – but if you didn’t smell of that, or, ..(.what was the other one – was it Brutus?) you just weren’t cool. I remember my mum’s face when I demanded my beautiful long straight hair be cut into the feather style. Oh dear she hated it – but it looked great. Thanks so much for this blog it’s made my day.

    • Hello Yvonne! Glad you liked the post.
      I have tried to make it the most accurate but most brief as well. The other one was the Brut aftershave!, the original skinhead girls above said it hahaha!

  14. Good article, I did wear monkey boots and brut aftershave. My sister and me both had our hair cut with a razor. Crombie coats,Harrington jackets,Brutus shirts,Levi stay pressed and trevera suits fantastic times.

  15. I too was a mod/skinhead from 66 to 72 I am age 61. I can remember wearing a shoe called Barters and also the bag you had was important it was a small box shaped doubled handled shoulder bag with small pockets on it and a strap that came over and clipped it was made of leather.Still had mine up too about 10yrs ago but unfortunately seem to have lost it.

    • Just popping in here to say that the shoes you’re referring to are ‘Bata’ – the company is still going. Back in the day I seem to recall that they had their own high street shops, and several of the styles they sold were popular with us girls. :)


  16. Thanks for this site has made a 60yr former skin very happy, to see the girls dressed as shown in your photos brings back some fantastic memorys . The whole skinhead stlye had class about it. Even my kids love it, as for the music all of them have copies of my collection. keep the site going you are doing a fantastic job. Have a photo of a 70/71 new yrs eve showing some of the girls If you would like a copy for your site let me know
    I for one am proud to have been part of the 1st skinhead era

  17. I remember when “two tone” trevira came in and we all just had to have it ! Making sure you had metal skegs on the bottom of your doc martens. Such a fun time, loved reggae then and still do. Thanks for the walk down memory lane x

  18. I was a skinhead girl in Perth WA. Loved the styles. We also wore very smart coat dresses. In Oz we also wore maxis and midis. “Little boy” jumpers, which were sleeveless pullovers and very short. Earrings were sleepers and studs, usually both, as a lot of us had 4 ear piercings. Used to carry a bag which was just like a tiny suitcase. Mary

  19. Hi Gabriela,
    I can’t fault your research,so many people attach ‘Two-Tone’ to the old original Skinheads, and of course, as you know, their is simply no comparison!.

    I have just turned 60 years of age, and so by definition was ‘doin’ it back in the day, so here are are few of my recollections.
    I see that nobody has mentioned, unless i have missed it!, that one of the first modes of dress for males was what we used to call Tank Pants, original Army surplus, referred to now as Cargo Pants, worn with a three button ‘Grandad Vest’, as they were known then. The Tank Pants did not have as many pockets on the legs as do Cargo Pants now, maybe one large Map pocket on each thigh, and were of course Army Green. This is way back in 68/69. Also of course their were jeans, only Levis and Lee Coopers were ever worn, mainly Levis. The denim was so thick then!, before you even wore them, you had to soak them in a Bath of cold water, whereupon, the bath water would turn Inky blue, and of course, you purchased a size bigger, as they were known as”Shrink to Fit”. Even after this process, they were still felt like canvas to wear, but once they started to fade, they looked great!. You don’t seem to see denim like it these days, a nice inky blue!, and normally worn with a half inch turn-up.
    As time went on, as you know, Two-Tone Tonik,(Thats what they were called then!) trousers were worn along with Prince of Wales check, and Sta- Prest in various colours, made by Levi and Brutus.
    Harrington Jackets were worn of course, although, we always referred to them as ‘Squires’ jackets for some reason, don’t know why. I had a green and gold tonik suit, with a sixteen inch vent, always three button, and only the top button was ever fastened, allowing you to fold the jacket back and put your hand in your trouser pocket to “flash” your Braces, Haha!. Braces were ALWAYS a half inch in width. So often you see pictures were any old width and type are worn. No serious Skinhead would walk around in his Dad’s big old wide Braces!!.
    Rear Vents on jackets were sometime as high as 18inches and even more , though not often!, with one side pocket either side, one on the breast of course, and a small ‘Ticket Pocket’ over just one of the side pockets. Tonik or silk hankies were worn in the breast pocket ,as you state, and were fastened with a tie-tack/pin.
    Trousers were worn a little short in the leg, (American style), to expose Red, White or Argyle check socks.
    ‘Must Have” shoes were ‘Loake’ Royal Brogues, still avail available now!, Loafers, Tasseled, fringed and tasseled, fringed and buckled known as Stanhope, again still available, and were all made “Clumpy” with the addition of extra soles being stitched/glued on after purchase. The term “Clumpy” applied to girls shoes also.
    Incidentally, you never wore Doc Martins out in the evening, they were for ‘out with your mates’, football etc. Monkey boots for girls only ,really, but not often!.
    Ben Sherman slim fit shirts of course or Brutus, both with a centre pleat on the back. They were really good quality ‘back in the day’, nice and thick!, so the old ones are the best , if you can find em!. Not forgetting Fred Perrys of course.
    You have got the ‘Sorts’ or girls clothes pretty much covered and well researched.
    Your girlfriend would always link her arm through yours when out walking, while your hand was in your trouser pocket, as i said, with the clip of your Braces exposed while your jacket front was flapped back!.
    Phew!, didn’t think this would take this long!, more to come, if you like, ‘Smooths’ etc.

    Try this on You Tube, Mr Popcorn, by Laurel Aitkin. Turn it up!!!!. I can give you more great tunes from ‘back in the day’, not the commercial garbage so often heard. Saw Desmond Dekkar live to!!.

    Best Wishes,

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