The Way We Wore: A Life In Threads

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The Way We Wore is a passionate and personal account of the dazzling array of street styles and trouser tribes Britain produced from the 1950s to 1990s. Robert Elms' memoir takes us from Teddy Boys to Acid house, from Notting Hill to Soho. A love letter to London Town and the overdressed, undervalued youth who made this city such a hotbed of cool. This is the story of a life's obsession. From Ben Sherman shirts to boxtop loafers, from bondage trousers to Comme de Garcons, Elms has been there, seen it, and worn it out. It's about why you'd rather not go out at all than go out in the wrong sort of brogues, and why you just had to have a Budgie Jacket to cut it in the playground in 1970. It is ultimately a hilarious, passionate social history of London street fashion from the Teddy Boys and rude boys battling it out in his homeland of Notting Hill in the 50’s to its end in Acid House in the 90’s. A fond memoir of working class lads in tumultuous times and lary schmutter. One day in 1965 the five-year-old Robert Elms fell in love with clothes. His brother had just returned to the family’s Burnt Oak council house in a new suit he’d picked up from a tailor in Kilburn. Otis Redding was playing in the front room. This, as his mum would say, was “all the go” - whatever that meant. This, Elms realised, was what you grew up for.

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One day in 1965 the five-year old Robert Elms fell in love with clothes. His brother had just returned to the family’s Burnt Oak home in a new suit he’d picked up from his North London tailor. Otis Redding was laying in the front room. This, Elms realized, was what you grew up for.

This is the story of a life’s obsession. From ben Sherman shirts to boxtop loafers, from bondage trousers to Comme des Gacons, Elms has been there, bought it and worn it. It’s about why you’d rather not go out at all than go out in the wrong sort of brogues, and why you just had to have a Budgie Jacket to cut it in the plaground in 1970. It is also touching, passionate social history of London street fashion; a fond memoir of working-class lads in tumultuous times and leary schmutter.

‘Think of this terrific book as The Rotter’s Club of schmutter and you won’t be too wide of the mark’ - Daily Mail

‘Incisive, obsessive, confessional and quite brilliant’ - Observer

‘provocative, charming and fiercely proud’ - Daily Telegraph

‘insightful and passionate... as stylish and witty as the finery it obsesse over’ - The Independent On Sunday

‘highly entertaining... a must read for anyone interested in fashion’ - Sunday Express

‘Elms’s opintionated stances are half the fun of this book’ - Sunday Times

‘taps into an energy that helped shape post-war Britain’ - Mail On Sunday

‘a hymn to the burning desire of young men to look right and look smart’ - Evening Standard

About the Author:

Robert Elms is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author. He writes regularly for the national press and has a daily show on BBC London 94.9. He lives in Camden Town.

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