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canadian goose jacket “Teddy Boys” were by no means exclusive to East Leeds but it did have it’s fair share of dedicated followers of the fashion. So this is not a solely East Leeds yarn but even so, Teddy Boy activities were readily to be found in the district and many will have their own reminiscences of that brief period and who knows, maybe even have participated canadian goose jacket

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Canada Goose Parka The Teddy Boy fashions probably owed more to Victorian even Regency extravagance in their choice of colour, materials and adornment and although it certainly wasn’t confined to, or even predominantly an East Leeds practice, there were sufficient exponents of the art to make it memorable. But there was also an implicit darker side to the practice in that, rightly or wrongly, a widely held belief was that such dress heralded canada goose jacket outlet an association with the more unsociable side of behaviour, such as gang membership, violence, a much broader anarchic freedom of activity expression as well as a dissociation with the general courtesies and values of the day. In fact there were many establishments which barred entry to those wearing the Teddy Boy outfit, presumably because of the associated, real or not, notoriety. These included cinemas, many dance halls as well as many pubs. Canada Goose canada goose outlet online store review Parka

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The fashion didn’t seem to cross the boundary to girls though they did evolve a generally more racy style.

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Close to where I lived, one fellow possessed several suits, all of a similar pattern but in a variety of lurid colours. Pea green, bright red are two colours I particularly remember and all had jacket lengths down to the knees fashioned in what I think was called “full drape”. Strange and funny to many eyes but this character had a somewhat fearsome reputation and it didn’t pay to be anything but complimentary to him. The obligatory black velvet collar, pocket trim and sleeve cuffs set this off ( although that was often marred by a dusting of dandruff on the collar) and required at least double the material to that of an ordinary jacket to make, hence an old friend in the trade telling of the boost this fashion gave to the textile industry and regret at it’s passing.

On the other hand, the trousers were often skin tight from the knee downwards and must have been troublesome to get into (and out of).

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Another local revelled in his powder blue version, blue suede brothel creepers and brocade waistcoat. This character was however an easy going soul who didn’t mind a little bit of ribbing over his outlandish choice of wardrobe and who now occasionally attends the Edmund House reunions.

There were quite canada goose outlet in chicago a few similar fashionista’s in the district and Canada Goose Outlet many more who sported less elaborate versions of the style but there’s little doubt that such flamboyance was a game changer in men’s fashion from which men became more adventurous, never to look back to the plain, tight fitting three piece bum freezer suits. No longer was fashion the exclusive province of the ladies, but such freedom also has it’s downside. The license to dress as casually as you like has lead to a higher level of scruffiness from some who think that neglecting your appearance is the same thing. It isn’t.

It became a comic sight though, when the fancy suit was downgraded from best to working clothes and the local coalman turned up humping sacks of coal dressed in a vivid purple, velvet trimmed jacket, stained with coal dust and the knees ripped out of his skin tight drainpipes.

Nor was everyone impressed by the fashion. A friend, who was far from the full blown “Ted” approached a girl at a popular dance hall. He nonetheless affected canada goose outlet uk what he thought was the laid back, cool, Fonze style mannerisms when asking if she fancied a dance with him. After eyeing him critically for what seemed like an age, canada goose outlet toronto he received canada goose outlet in vancouver a crushing rebuff his coolness was badly damaged when the girl said “get lost, you sickly looking tt!!.

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These styles lasted only a fleeting time, to be superceded by canada goose outlet miami the “Italian Look” (I think) but many will remember it vividly and be able to recall other memorable or outlandish examples of this fashion genre and opinions as to it’s association with groups or behaviourA Great tale to brighten up February for us, Erc.

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