Interesting lines though.
If anyone knows what this thing is, I'd be grateful. I'm under the impression that it is some kind of Vespa sidecar scooter but not sure of the accuracy of this opinion.
Interesting lines though.
Less of a cult classic than the Crombie or the Parka or even the old sixties Mac, the Peacoat is the underrated one of the Mod coat family, but it does fill an important niche in the wardrobe.
This might also be because it’s less glamourous. U-Boat captains and the navy officers are a bit lower on the cool ladder than spies or American presidents when it comes to copying their style it would seem. The Crombie for instance has a pedigree among the Great and the Good that is semi-legendary and that's before we even get started with its Skinhead history.
But the Peacoat is still a solid choice. It has the advantage of being shorter and more everyday than the Crombie. It's usually heavier than your Harringtons, made generally of heavy wool (in either navy or dark grey) with distinctive broad lapels and a double-breasted front. The buttons traditionally have an anchor on them or a similar continuation of the naval theme. They can also accomodate your paisley scarf in the V-neck or you can button up to the top. What's not to like?
Oddly enough, despite being much older than other more "Mod" coats it has changed relatively little in its 200-year history. A few vintage versions still kick around, but if you want something a bit sharper than the Parka, but less formal than the full length overcoat, I’d invest in a Peacoat from a mainstream high street store.
Funnily enough you'll find they’re better quality, slimmer fitting and actually better looking.
As far as non-album singles go, When You're Young is actually secretly one of my favourites. This is mainly because of the video, as you'll see below, but also because it has a great thundering guitar riff throughout and a cheeky bit of the lads bascially fucking about around 2/3 of the way through the song.
Anyway Weller's outfit in this is on point as usual. To clarify, I'm not sure why I'm not bothered by Bruce / Rick... they just don't seem to nail the look in quite the same way.
Black Button-Down (Ben Sherman)
The foundation of the look is a smart black button-down. Surprisingly difficult to find these anywhere reputable. So we've gone with Ben Sherman.
Black Trousers (Adaptor Clothing)
I still prefer these over the alternatives (e.g. Sta Prest from anywhere else) because they Adaptor's ones have a better feel to the fabric.
Boating Blazer (MadCap England via Atom Retro)
This is a bit trickier as the exact blazer Weller is wearing doesn't actually exist anymore. Best bet is Madcap England, who do a variety of quite loud and zany jackets. You can get this one on the Atom Retro site.
Bass Weejun loafers (GH Bass)
Thanks to the cameraman getting a great shot of Weller tapping his foot in the video, we can surmise he's wearing a pair of Bass Weejuns. What else, frankly?
Something been thinking about for a while - if you've got a smart suit, is it right (or is it tacky) to ride around on a bonkers bright scooter ? Or should your scoot be tailored to match your look?
As in, if you're going casual, bright's alright... and if you're going smart perhaps something like the below might be better?
I always lean towards the smart and snappy personally.
This is just a post to point out to anyone who's interested in Breton tops that John Smedley do an extraordinarily beautiful one in Sea Island cotton. I would say it’s a kind of aqua blue - it's not light enough for a mid blue but it's not quite turquoise either.
Unfortunately unlike the jump the gun version it’s not a full on jumper and doesn't have those buttons on the shoulder which I quite like the idea of (even if I’ve not yet had the chance to wear one) but it’s a great-looking alternative.
As anybody who knows anything will tell you, John Smedley is the oldest manufacturing company in pretty much the world and they’ve been going since about the start of the industrial revolution. It's premium piece I know - it's available on the website, but I got mine via Atom retro. It’s listed there for about £95.
I had credit however (I sent a suit back and they’d run out, so couldn’t exchange) so I got this baby for the bargain basement price of about £8.
The JS site itself is sending them out at the now-cut price of £75 – but they’ve run out of smalls, so I suspect they’re getting towards the end of the run on this one.
As any true Jam fan knows, this pic is actually from the Dreams of Children (poor choice of name I always thought) video, rather than from Going Underground. Although Weller is wearing similar gear.
See, I do know some things. Annoyingly though, I can't crow about this because I can't find the video on Youtube to show you all.
This is one of my very favourite Weller looks and one I actually wear to work on a regular basis. I will go with “simplistic but suave” essentially - it's a white shirt and black suit and from what the video shows, a black and white polka dot tie and - if you look very closely - you have a collar bar through his shirt collar too.
The collar bar is a look which I haven't worn often enough frankly. It adds an extra level of suaveness to the whole outfit.
Also, on his feet in this context I suspect he’ll be wearing a pair of loafers or something similar.
Black mohair suit - Adam of London
Yes - I know I've gone with AOL a few times in this post but if I'm honest there seems to be a famine of black suits about at the moment. JTG and Adaptor seem to be fresh out.
What I do like about AOL is their jackets have working cuffs. The full experience.
Pin-collar shirt in Ivory - Adam of London
Quite rare to see this all as one package, but Adam does the deal here for a decent price.
Pin dot tie - Ties Planet
Quite a cheap one, but I've got one of these and it does the job. It is, to coin the phrase, the Look for Less.
Okay so here's the thing about scooters.
As Rod has consistently pointed out, I actually don't know that much about scooters. I have tried to get along, but when a guy publicly calls you out on you calling a spare wheel pouch a round leather bag, you’ve got to fess up.
In fairness to me I never have claimed to know that much, I just know they are intimately connected with Mod and I love looking at pics of them. The older vintage ones with plenty of chrome and bold colours fit right in with the sixties style.
In my defence, I did once have a Mini, which I feel slightly makes up for this as it mimics that same style. But I know nothing technical about them. I'm all about the clothes. And even that I'm still learning.
However, the Mini is long gone. The main reason for this is because the life I live now in London simply does not call for any vehicle activity. I have to either walk to work or to get the tube.
Fun story: I once hinted to my mum that I might buy myself a scooter a few summers ago just for the sheer fact that I think they look so beaut. Predictably, she kicked off and said that it’d be like riding a death trap. I can definitely see this being the case in London, what with the innumerable cyclist deaths each year.
I fully expect some of you other blokes (Rod?!) to come out with some remark about how the youth of today are soft as shite or something.
But in all seriousness, if someone did want to write a post for us with something a bit more technical on scooters and scootering, I’d welcome it and I’m sure my readers would too... perhaps a top ten?
Get in the comments below.
There's a nice red sheen on this one - someone's obviously been keeping it clean. I also quite like the round leather bag on the back. I can't think of any situation in which I would ever need a round bag, but it seems to fit with the style of this particular vespa.
Yes I know the photo is copyrighted, but I liked it too much.
As far as I'm concerned, a quite underrated song but I wouldn't go as far as to say a classic. I actually bought the Secret Affair Anthology so I know all the shit they came out with from start to finish.
Perhaps that's a bit harsh. Time for Action is great, this is pretty good and they have a few other decent ones. But Ian Page is still a total dork.
UPDATE: While this site is still nice to look at, what is really annoying is that you have to order in batches of 10 or more. So it seems to be for school teams and such.
They go all in, emblems, stripes, trims or even all three. Garish or as subtle as you like.
My only criticism is that there seems to be no way to change the number of buttons from two to three.
I suppose that would be too much to ask for at this stage, but I might try it out and let you know how it goes. Unless any of you Ivy League modernists out there want to have a go first!
For clarification, the site is here:
This is another oft-forgotten track from Weller’s Stanley Road album.
Quite an interesting one, lyrics-wise... perhaps Weller himself letting out some of his frustration about something at the time?
Quite a lot of stuff about being weak vs strong, a runt, small axe, etc.
I have literally no evidence for this, just speculating. But it was one of my favourites.
As I promised last week, this week’s Swipe the Style is not going to involve Paul Weller at all
(although admittedly he is the best source for some of these – not only does he have good music, but his look is always great too)
This one’s from the Animals, House of the Rising Sun.
Grey suit - Jump The Gun
Tricky to find anything like the grey suit exactly as it is in the video. The black trim around the edges is obviously something they’ve had made for them as a band. On top of this, 3-button grey suits seem to be a bit scarce at the moment among the usual suspects. What I’ve got here is Jump The Gun’s grey suit. I’ve had JTG suits before so I know they are strong quality. It is however quite pricey.
An alternative, if you were really into that black trim, might be good to visit this site, where you can design your own boating blazer. It’ll be 2-button but you’ll get that black trim that is so distinctive.
Yellow shirt - Adam of London
Yellow shirts, not particularly hard to find, but from details in the video these have French double cuffs. So it has to be Adam of London. If you want to have a go at source your own one, I've got a little guide that might help you with that, based here.
Black tie - Tootal (via JTG)
The black silk tie is pretty standard around and about. But I’d say Tootal is the best price.
Winklepicker shoes - Underground
Shoes again are not particularly clear here, but I’m going to get creative and say they’re all wearing winklepickers. A strong pair of winklepickers can be picked up from Underground, although I can’t remember where I got mine from.
Grey socks - Primark
Pretty nondescript when it comes to socks – stylishly neutral one might say. But Primark do most socks very cheaply, grey included here.
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