This year marks the 50th anniversary of the infamous Brighton battle as the Rockers and Mods came to head and fought their differences out on the British seaside resort. From the early to mid-1960s, young, mainly working class Britons with cash to spend, joined one of two youth movements, Mods and Rockers.
Mods adopted a smooth, sophisticated look that emphasized tailor-made Italian suits with narrow lapels, mohair clothes, thin ties, button-down collar shirts, and wool or cashmere pull-overs. Female mods had a more androgynous style, wearing men’s shirts, and flat shoes with miniskirts, teaming their look with heavy fringes and bob haircuts.
Rocker fashion was born out of necessity and practicality. Rockers wore heavily-decorated leather motorcycle jackets, often adorned with metal studs, patches, and pin badges. When they rode their motorcycles, they usually wore no helmet, or wore a classic open-face helmet, aviator goggles and a white silk scarf. Other common items included: T-shirts, leather caps, Levi’s or Wrangler jeans, leather trousers, tall motorcycle boots or brothel creepers.
Inevitably the two rival gangs clashed, and so on the 18th May 1964 the two youth groups battled it out throughout the streets of Brighton, causing havoc and chaos on the British coast.
To celebrate this anniversary Of The Realm have picked out their favourite retro inspired pieces from the range to help you achieve your 1960s inspired look!
So which side will you choose? Mod or Rocker?