A Gentleman’s Guide to Mod Fashion

Updated: Jul 14

The mod phase is back and we’re here to help you get the look. Whether you want to dress smartly for a big occasion or just capture a casual vibe for a night out with your friends, here’s a complete guide on mod fashion.

The mod style is short for ‘modernist’ and first, become popular in London in the early 1960s. Mod fashion became a symbol of music and tailor-made suits, breaking free from the ‘old-fashioned’ 50s.

Unlike other youth subcultures like the teddy boys, the new romantics, and the punks, mod fashion is still very much alive and kicking.

Every decade there seems to experience a revival in fashion, with various bands putting their unique spin on it. From The Specials and The Jam in the 70s to 90s Britpop bands like Oasis and The Verve.

Nowadays, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Paul Weller are two ambassadors of the style – or ‘modfathers’ if you like.

The longevity of mod fashion boils down to its ever-evolving nature. It’s not just a case of being clean-cut and smart, it’s a symbol of modernism.

So, what does it take to dress like a mod in this day and age? Here’s your complete guide to mod fashion in 2019.

How to dress like a mod

Mod trench coat and Parka

The first thing on your shopping list is a quality mod trench coat and Parka.

One of the most important elements when picking a Parka is the size. A true mod will keep it baggy. For a classic look, a fishtail style is best. Whereas, for a smarter appearance, a military-style Parka with no fur on the hood is ideal.

Parka coats are weatherproof too, so you can prepare for the rainy British weather all year round. You can also pick up ones with detachable hoods, ensuring you maintain the mod fashion during the dryer months.

In contrast to the Parka, a trench coat should be well-fitted. The ones with shoulder pads and large lapels are essential for the old-style military mod look, while buttons over zips will give you a smart traditional finish to your outfit.

Polo shirts and jeans

Polo shirts are a staple for mod fashion in 2019. Make sure all the buttons are done up and the shirt fits nicely.

Colour and pattern-wise, think loud. The Union Jack and RAF target sign are among the most notable symbols among the mod culture. So, red, white and blue are perfect options.

If you don’t want to stand out as much, burgundy or black polo shirts are great alternatives.

For jeans, you should never go for a skinny fit. Mods don’t like to follow other trends, so always opt for straight leg or slim fit, rolled up or cut off so everyone can see your amazing shoes.

Pairing Oxford shoes with mod fashion

In the 60s, mods were the first generation after the war to have spare income to splash out on shoes and clothes.

In theory, there are no real rules with footwear, as long as they’re well made and look smart. Popular choices include desert boots, brogues, loafers and Chelsea boots. However, Oxford shoes, like our Percy Strides, are perfect for adding a touch of quality to the mod style.

Choosing a versatile colour like mocha, brown or black will enable you to combine them with a smart pair of straight leg dark blue jeans, shirt/polo and double-breasted (buttoned) trench coat.

For a full guide on how to wear dress shoes with jeans, take a look at our previous blog here.

Like mod fashion, Oxford shoes have evolved with the times and can adapt to both smart and casual occasions.

If you’re attending a wedding, you can incorporate the formal-wear dress code with mod fashion by choosing a double-breasted blazer and matching coloured trousers. Switch your tie for a skinny knitted one and select a pair of our Oxford shoes that contrast the suit colour. Smart mod fashion also demands that you wear bold socks or don’t bother at all!

Revival fashion is made for Goodwood Revival

The Goodwood Revival show might be recognised as the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting, but it’s also a showcase for popular vintage clothing as well.

Many that attend sport their favourite outfits from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. This year, we’re expecting to see a lot of 60s mod fashion doing the rounds.

So, if you’re planning on attending, make sure you follow our guide to mod fashion and look the part for this big show on 13th-15th September.

For more information on the Goodwood Revival show 2019 or to get your tickets, visit the official website here.

We hope to see you there!

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