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  • #16
    How tired of the imposed stereotypes about what is fashionable and not fashionable.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
      When men stopped wearing flared jeans at the start of the 1980s, a lot of them wore stretch jeans that were mostly fashionable from around 1980 to 1986.

      I used to think that Shakin' Stevens was probably the most famous person to wear them, and as I can see from the ITV 3 repeats of Coronation Street, Kevin Webster, and sometimes Curly Watts wore them as well. They were everywhere, male characters from series like the Dukes of Hazard and even Prisoner: Cell Block H was seen with them on. I still think of them as "cool", and it's a pity that you could probably buy a pair of flares from the years before in these retro fashion shops that I sometimes see, but not 1980s jeans like that, probably because they don't look ironic enough a flares did.

      The Wrangler and Levis adverts from the early to mid 1980s looked "sexier" than jeans adverts did later on that decade. I think that ended when we saw Nick Kamen go in the bath while wearing his, the tune to Sam Cooke's Wonderful World, or the launderette one, as parodied by Carling Black Label, straining to the tune of Marvin Gaye's big 1969 hit.

      I suppose that now we see skinny jeans (and I even have a couple of pairs myself), probably because of the Vamps and One Direction, men's fashion has almost come full-circle in the past 35 years.

      I am hoping that they might come back into fashion, considering that skinny jeans have done so. I remember trying to get a pair for a photo shoot I was doing a few years ago, but no luck. Water under the bridge fashion-wise, methinks.
      Mate nobody wore flares after 1977 when punk came in certainly not young people and I don't think Shakin Stevens is someone to be mentioned when it comes to fashion. You might see someone like Dennis Waterman wearing flared jeans in Minder but he was in his 30's when it started. What a lot of young people wore back then in the early 80's when the casual scene came in where Lois Cords and in the late 70's Farah slacks. Flares did come back in the late 80's when the baggy Madchester scene started with groups like the Happy Mondays and the Stone Roses.

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      • #18
        Some people did stick with flares into the 1980s but were passe by 1982.

        Drainpipe trousers were popular with the post punk & 60s revisal crowd.
        The Trickster On The Roof

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Richard1978 View Post
          Some people did stick with flares into the 1980s but were passe by 1982.

          Drainpipe trousers were popular with the post punk & 60s revisal crowd.
          No they didn't mate if you wore flares after 1977 you'd get the **** taken out of you mercilessly. Watching old episodes of Corrie and mentioning Curly Watts and fashion is hilarious. Here's the sort of fashions you had between 77 and 82. Punks, Teds, Soulboys, Skins, Rude Boys, Rastas, Rockabillies, Casuals, Mods, New Romantics, Goths maybe slightly later than 82 there's probably more I've missed out but the one thing they had in common was none of them wore flares. Edit : it was George 78 who mentioned Curly Watts and fashion !
          Last edited by whitewall66; 1 hour ago.

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