Like all fashion movements, punk took cues from earlier styles and subcultures. Some punks, like the Clash, wore their hair in pompadours like the greasers of the ’50s. Brands that were originally the favorites of Teddy Boys and skinheads, such as Fred Perry, Doc Martens, and Ben Sherman, were adopted by numerous punks.

In the movement's early days, a lot of punks put their own DIY spin on the dandy suit, which originated with the likes of Oscar Wilde and Beau Brummell in the Victorian era. Many punks even remixed the old jacket-and-tie school uniforms from their childhood closets.

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