This Is England 86: The Fashion

12 Sep

'This Is England 86'

For those of you who are familiar with the Shane Meadows film and now the TV follow-up will know all about the style on ‘This Is England’.  

Set in the days of Skinheads, Mods, Rudeboys and New Wave romantics etc, ‘This Is England’ is a powerful British film and now a TV series set in 1980’s England.  

Without going to much into the film/TV series (both which are brilliant by the way) It’s the fashion that’s captured my imagination…  

Although most of the above ‘subcultures’ seem to have negative associations, there is something about the styles which are still heavily influenced in the style of todays generation.  

"We Are The Mods"

Just looking into my own wardrobe I can see a slight influence of the Mod and skinhead style. Here’s a photo of me in Brighton- minus the face! As a fan of the film Quadrophenia the Parka was intentional (when in Brighton) haha. My parka jacket, blue jeans and lace up boots combo was inspired by the Mod and Skinhead fashion.  

Both the Parka jacket and Lace up work boot are timeless pieces which have remained in fashion. 

Worn also by Skinheads the Parka jacket became  mainly associated with the Mod culture especially after the release of the film Quadrophenia centered around the Mod scene. Liam Gallagher’s clothing range ‘Pretty Green‘ reinforces how much of an influence Mod and Skinhead fashion still has today.  

Doc Martens were the Skinheads label of choice (although my lace up work boots do a similar job) and the brand is as popular now as it was back in the 70s and 80s. 

Agyness Deyn (with Henry Holland) working the Skinhead look

Although the way you dressed was to show your identity and in particular your views (ie if you were a Skinhead, New Romantic) nowadays it’s more of an homage to the fashion of the past. Mixing vintage pieces/styles and giving them a modern twist.

Female Skinheads on This Is England

Amy Winehouse in a Fred Perry polo shirt and braces.

With ‘This Is England 86’ on our screens, Skinhead fashion is back in the forefront. One of the things I find fascinating with skinhead style is the androgynous appeal.

This Is England: Skinhead Style

Women dressing identical to the men but still remaining feminine and tough. As well as certain items being associated with the subcultures, certain labels are also associated with the skinhead style; Fred Perry polo shirts, Ben Sherman checked shirts, Baracuta Harrington jackets and of course Dr Marten boots.

Singer Olly Murs is one celeb who takes inspiration from the Mod and Skinhead era as you can see on his album cover and video for song  ‘Please don’t let me go’. His whole outfit is inspired by the two subcultures from his Harrington jacket to his desert boots.

Olly Murs wearing a Baracuta Harrington jacket

Olly is a perfect example of how to pull off the Mod/Skinhead look with a modern twist. Instead of stonewashed jeans which were popular with skinheads, Olly sticks to a darker blue giving the look a smart yet casual feel. I absolutely love Olly Murs’ style and love seeing men on the streets inspired by the 80’s era.

Mixing Mod and Skinhead vintage with modern styles is definitely something that is inspiring me at the moment and with ‘This Is England 86’ on our televisions at the moment, I can’t wait to keep taking style notes for the future.

Fred Perry Tipped Collar Classic Polo @ ASOS was £50.00 now £40.00

Ben Sherman Harrington Jacket @ ASOS £60.00

Are you inspired by Skinhead and Mod styles? What do you think of This Is England 86?

Catch ‘This Is England 86’,  Tuesday 10pm on Channel 4

Images courtesy of Channel 4, Film4,,, Olly Murs official site


18 Responses to “This Is England 86: The Fashion”

  1. Tom Cameron September 12, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    I agree it’s a very good style. Some of the girls stuff is a tiny bit suspect especially the hair!!

    I liked the few items u have picked out. The Ben Sherman jacket is exceptional.

    Also the film and the new series are brilliant.

  2. Shabba September 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    Sunny, where is your parka from? My sister is in the hunt for one and is liking yours. xo

    • wardrobemag September 12, 2010 at 9:28 pm #

      Hey Shabba,

      My Parka was from New Look in the sale for £18.00! However this was back in May so I doubt they’ll have the exact one in stock but I have seen similar Parkas on the high street so your sister might be in luck :)

      Sunny x

      • Shabba September 13, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

        I’ve seen one I like in DP. Fancy a shopping trip =D

      • wardrobemag September 13, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

        Can I come? Tee hee
        I LOVE Doc Martens and have my own scruffy black pair as you know. Dying for a pair of red patent ones.. think I might purchase them next pay day!
        Great post Sunny :)
        Bhav xx

  3. Willber Willberforce September 12, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    Seen the trailer for this on TV and can’t wait. UK fashion is still the best no matter what anyone say’s. We do it without even caring often.

  4. Craig Jones September 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    Good read, but a shame that you’ve ruined it by mentioning Olly Murs – don’t let who you fancy ruin a good blog!

    Also, when it comes to the mod look, surely you’ve got to talk about Paul Weller! Now there’s a man who knows how to dress

  5. Craig Jones September 12, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    Also, thanks for FINALLY writing about men’s fashion too!

  6. Katie September 13, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Ah what a great post! Very interesting :)

  7. S September 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    Omg I totally didn’t realise that this fashion was even remotely connected to skinheads. I won’t lie, it makes me feel uneasy (esp since I’ve watched This Is England), but its become English fashion so no helping it now!


  8. Porcelain complexion September 14, 2010 at 12:36 am #

    What a great post.
    I too have a fondness for this grunge type style.
    I haven’t seen that movie, might have to add it to my list of things to watch.

    Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate them xo

  9. Frankie September 15, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    Hello, can anyone help me?! I want the adidas t-shirt that Gadget wore last night (14.09.10) in This is England. Any ideas where I can get it from?

  10. wally September 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm #


    Check out a side-by-side comparison of the cast from the film to the series, with commentary.

  11. Ivy St James November 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    I love that you’ve posted something like this, but it breaks my heart that you think that skinheads are racist and pro-fascist.
    Being a Skinhead isn’t about religion, nationality, race or anything relating to the sort. It is a brotherhood/sisterhood of people who share the same passions. Politcally skinheads range from far right and racist to far left and anti-fascist and everything in between including apolitical, just like every other person in the world.
    I myself embrace the skinhead style and subculture, and I am in no way any sort of racist.

    • wardrobemag November 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

      Hi Ivy,
      Thanks for the comment. Firstly I would like to apologise for the comments I made regarding the negative connotations attached to skinheads. I know from watching ‘This Is England’ that, that isn’t always the case and like you say you have those who are and those who aren’t. I should make it clear that I don’t believe that all skinheads are racist- that would be very naive of me to think that.
      As someone who didn’t grow up in that era it’s hard to understand the impact of society on subcultures such as punks/skinheads etc and have to make judgements using the knowlege we are given to us whether it be from television, books and so on. So thank you for taking the time out to leave this comment and to ‘educate’ me on this matter. :) I’m glad you liked the post and I’ve made a few changes to the original post just to make it clearer.

      Thank you,

  12. Rishona December 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    Wow…this post makes me want to bust out my Docs and my harrington!


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