The classic ska look is picking up steam—shit, even Weezy's (stylist is) getting up on it. In case you're not old as fuck, "ska" is a musical cousin of rocksteady and reggae. With roots in Jamaica, ska combines Caribbean calypso sounds with jazz and R&B—some real funky shit, in other words. Like any proper musical movement, ska arrived on the scene with a signature look: nerd frames, skinny ties, tight bombers, and cuffed selvage jeans. The mods picked up on it quick, and the rest is history.
Lately, we're seeing more and more nods to ska from our favorite designers. To get you in the know, check out our guide to the ska style below as well as a primer on the genre...
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THE MAN: NEVILLE STAPLE
Known as the "Original Rude Boy," Neville Staple, was the lead singer of The Specials. His work includes collabos with Elvis Costello, David Byrne, and Ali Campbell.
THE BEER: BODDINGTONS DRAUGHT BITTER
Want to have a taste of the "Cream of Manchester"? Ayo!
THE BOOK: ORIGINAL RUDE BOY BORSTAL
Focuses on the complicated relationship between white grammar-school kids and working-class rude boys. Kinda sounds like today's rap blogosphere!
THE ALBUM: THE SPECIALS
Killin' the London streets in the late '70s, The Specials helped pave the way for watered-down stuff like No Doubt.