I've said it once and I'll say it again: the Mod thing is the best subculture to grow old within. It's a look that continues to age very well... provided you don't go the parka, badge, and bowling shoes route. The older I've gotten, the less interested I've become in that loud, in-your-face appearance in which M-O-D is literally spelled out somewhere on your clothing. Nah... as I continue to age, I'd much rather work on refining this look I love so much.
And there's some great inspiration out there to learn from. Take, for instance, original Modernist and fashion designer, Lloyd Johnson. Obsessed with clothing since the late '50s, Johnson went on to play roles in the fashion industry of the 1960s, and eventually helped provide outfits for the Punk generation of the 1970s and beyond.
Today, he still wears his Modernist roots on his sleeve. Here he is with Graham Russell at the Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter exhibit held earlier this year:
|Graham Russell and Lloyd Johnson. (See, Mods and Rockers get along just fine!) Photo courtesy of Mr. Russell.|
|Sorry, Graham, for cutting you off, but I had to zoom in a bit just to show off those details!|
Then there's his dress shirt in what looks to be blue and red stripes with a solid, white collar. The blue is subtle and offers a break in the color scheme, while the red connects with the paisley tie and jacket buttons.
The collar itself is in a nice club collar style held together with a sharp collar pin. Personally, I'm a huge fan of the club collar, especially in the tab style. Button-down club collars are pretty sharp as well, but I've had a harder time finding them. And the final touch to Johnson's look? That gold fob chain hanging on his waistcoat.
This entire look hits all the right notes, especially for the older, dapper gentleman. In this photo, Lloyd Johnson let's us all know that aging gracefully is very achievable with a Mod(ernist) aesthetic. And this is the path I've chose to follow. If I can look half as sharp as this by the time I reach his age, I'd be very happy!