The mod look is one of those that never truly go out of fashion. They’ll always be someone, somewhere, discovering or rediscovering the scene and wanting to emulate them once again. The mods started in the 60s, but they had a strong following right up until the early 00s, and even now, there are a few mod bands looking to make it big.

Mods have a hybrid working-class/cosmopolitan type of outlook. They love the big cities, like London, Manchester, and Brighton, but at the same time, they're hyper aware of their humble beginnings. Because it’s such a particular genre, it can be very difficult to break. It’s easy to make mistakes when trying to wear mod clothing and the result can occasionally be embarrassing.

Today, we are going to look at some of the tips and tricks that you can employ to help you get it right when it comes to mod clothing. While it is difficult to get right, with good advice, it makes it much easier.

Wearing mod clothes successfully means above all that you exhibit authenticity. With this in mind, it’s important that you understand the following facts about the mods:

• They started as an underground movement during the 1960s.

• They aren’t about showing off – yes, they like a sharp suit, but it isn’t about the whistles and bells.

• They’re considered fashionable by many of the larger fashion houses. Their choice of clothing often falls into what we call “classicism”, which means the clothes fit well and have decent structure.

Here are some tips to help you pull this look off in style:

1. Always choose clothes that fit properly. The mods dislike baggy clothes of all sorts. You'll never see a true mod in a hoody, for instance. The clothes fit well. There are no sagging bottoms, no crinkled knees. The trousers are either straight cut or skinny. The shirts often tuck in rather tightly to the body. The coats are relatively thin and sit close to the frame. Finally, the shoes are narrow and often have pointed toes.

2. The colours are where the mods set themselves apart from the mainstream. They have a very particular colour coordination. First of all, their clothes invariably come in blocks of three colours, with the commonest being a white, blue, and red combination. The colours are bold and simple, but have become iconic, the bullseye is a particularly iconic symbol associated with mod clothing UK.

3. Mods are preppy. If you don’t particularly like the idea of wearing bold colours, then you can always go preppy. This means wearing neutral colours but following the rest of the rules of mod fashion, i.e. wearing clothes that fit correctly.

We hope that you have found this article useful. If you'd like further help and advice, or are looking for inspiration, about the mod look, then check out the collection at You'll find some fantastic ideas there.

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