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How To Dress Like a Mod and Look Great!

Mod fashions are one of those styles that never quite go away. You can find people dressing like mods if you know where to look – Carnaby Street, London is one of their favourite haunts. It’s not really surprising that it’s stood the test of time. It’s a cool look to pull off. It’s striking and unique and that’s something many of us strive to be, especially in modern times when it seems as if everybody looks the same.


Yes, it’s certainly true that it’s an awesome look. It’s also true that it’s a difficult style to pull off well. Fortunately, once you get the basics down, you can get it right every time. Today, we are going to teach you the basics.


Striking Colours in Block Proportions

If there’s one thing that’s iconic about mod fashion, it’s the bold colours. The red, white, and blue target, Mary Quant’s famous black and white dress – they are both quintessentially “Mod”. You must choose clothes that sport blocks of colour and they must contrast.


Single block colours aren't mod at all – you need at least two and no more than four per item. This is not about finicky little splashes of colour. This is about large blocks of colour.


If you want to understand more about the colours, then head to any Mod shop and you'll see exactly what we mean. You cannot escape the block colours when it comes to mod fashions.


Geometric Patterns

As well as the striking block colours, the mods are also partial to their geometric patterns. However, just as with the colour, they are about large geometric patterns. They're not about repeating patterns, like paisley. It’s a single geometric print usually on the t-shirt or shirt, but sometimes on the dresses when it comes to women’s mod fashion.


Again, there are some classics within this type of shape. Mary Quants flower is one of the most iconic of all the mod patterns, but it’s probably not quite as iconic as the red, white, and blue target it. If you really want to get the style spot on, then go for a shirt or t-shirt with the bullseye target. It’s instantly recognisable as a Mod fashion.


The Coats and Jackets

There are two types of coat and jacket that are typical of this style, so we’ll look at each in turn:


  1. The James Dean style bomber jacket: mod boys love this look. It’s stylish and sharp and it allows for the block colour. Although here, they do tend to choose a single block colour and use contrasting blocks on their t-shirts or shirts.
  2. The boating blazer: this is another classic and you'll always find examples of the boating blazers in the large mod shops that sell mod clothing London. They are really out there as a style and it’s something many people find difficult to pull off well. We would recommend that you graduate to this style only once you have become comfortable with the mod look.

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