Saturday, 27 February 2010

Scouse As You Like.

So for a while now, I've been thinking about writing a "book" on Scouse fashion.

I don't think I've got the capability to construct and compose an entire "book", so it might have to be something along the lines of an amalgamation of musings or a memoir.

However I don't know if it's fitting to writing a memoir on how Scousers dress; It seems too much of a romantic term, no?

Anyway, I've not made a huge amount of progress, nor have I done a huge amount of research, just a few detailed-ish scribbles about different Scouse style tribes.

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NB.

I've not included Students, Goths and Emos in the following lists of style tribes because of the following reasons:

i - I think you can tell a none-Scouse student in Liverpool a mile off, and every other Scouse student can be put into a category. 

ii - I like Goths, don't get me wrong, I've got a lot of respect for them; they take a lot of shit from people, but I don't think my brain has the strength to go digging into why male Goths grow their hair long and listen to Alice in Chains.

ii.1 Also, I think there is quite a lot documented about the New Romantic Goths from the early 1980s, which is almost a good decade before I was born, so I'm in no place to comment there. 

iii I wouldn't write about Emos in the "book" 

iii.1 Because you get Emos in every city and their style doesn't tend to differ according to their area code

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iii.2 Because I haven't really got the time for them.  
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I've tried to separate and divide correctly, and so far have come up with the following terms:

Boys
Scals
Old School/Classic Scouse
Indie Kids
Bold Street Heads
Old Money and
New Money

Girls
Wags
Wannabe Wags
Scallies
Indie Chicks
Old Money

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Thinking about it, writing these lists is almost like devising a hierarchy of power, because on the streets of Liverpool, in my eyes, Scals are the ones to be afraid of.

Ergo, in the boys list, they are at the top. 

The same goes for the Girls list; Wags are the cream of the crop, and somewhere inside me, deep down, maybe even deepdeepdeep down, I'd love to have certain credentials that Wags possess.

It doesn't mean they are better than the rest, it's just how hierarchies go, innit. 

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I know of a few books on Liverpool lads' fashions, mainly taking us back to the late '70s where the fellas used to bring trainees back from Germany on the snide - which in my, (and I am presuming, many other people's) opinion, is where Liverpool's fascination with footwear originally stems from, so it's not like this stuff hasn't been written about before, but I think I'm just exploring the female side of things, even though I think I find menswear a bit more stimulating than womenswear

The thing is with writing about boys' fashion is that because I am obviously not a boy, I might not be given respect and because a lot of my male friends are proper, like, proper trainer heads, I definitely haven't got the power to write about it so I might have to list in a couple of male ghost writers, or nom-de-plumes to help me out.  

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I don't know how much further to take this post. 

My head is buzzing with ideas, and I'd love to write a chapter on each tribe, but I just haven't got the time at the moment, and don't know if the Blog is the right platform to put it out there on. 

You know what, maybe I will try and do a chapter a week on each tribe. 

Fingers crossed, nobody copies off me.

Not that I'm bigging myself up thinking that people will copy off me. 

Yegetme.  

If anybody has any ideas to put forward to me, hit me up at laurenjanemcbride@gmail.com - I would love to hear from you. 

Have a boss weekend. 


P.S It is well known that Scouse girls get a lot of bad press about their appearance, so I am going to ask that before I write that chapter, please refrain from slating them, and the rest of this post actually. 

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21 comments

  1. i have a liverpool-related question: beehives! i read something about girls in liverpool competing to see who can get the biggest beehive and i was like amazo, that's class. I want a beehive! is this true?

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  2. Haha!
    Well I've never heard of any such competitions but girls go through phases of hair styles, with the beehive being pretty popular, then the centre part, then a curly blow... the list is endless.
    all this will be discussed in the girls chapter of this blog! x

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  3. this sounds fabooo!!
    makin me look forward to my move to liverpool even more love t'pool!
    xxxx

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  4. Sounds like an immense idea, cant wait to see more of it!x

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  5. Great idea Lauren...I think scouse fashion needs to be explained because it is in a world of it's own!!!

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  6. i would add the rat scalls to the mens list, you get the normal scalls in their maharishi combats and polo tees, but they still dress nice but just like every other scouse lad, then u have the north face all black track-suit lads.

    id also add the cool kids, like skater guys and the good old size guys.

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  7. Great post, as you know i visit Liverpool on a regular basis from a 4 hour drive from Edinburgh. I just love the difference between our looks to the scouse, Uggs, Juicy Trackies with rollers in the hair/or 5 inch heels to find that perfect saturday outfit with rollers & beehives- not my kinda look but i love it & would like to carry it off for one night! xx

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  8. @Jack - "Rat Scals" fall under the mens category - we can divide and discuss as we go on.

    "Skater Guys/Size?(I hate spelling Size with a question mark) Guys" fall under Bold Street Heads. YeGetMe?

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  9. hmm, bold street edz for me r the long hair bunch u know the type, skinny'ish jeans, adidas n green parka jackets n all they do is bang on about the band cherry ghost n how they aint as big as they should be but then as soon as they get big they say they have sold out. haha

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  10. If we are on the same page here, those lot for me are classed as Old School Scouse. Stop using all different pseudonyms! x

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  11. all the people who work in size? are bad wiggas, very cringeworthy

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  12. fuckin idiot....

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  13. I have a question; what does the word wigga mean? Because if this term has any connotations with people of african origins otherwise labelled 'black' then your statement is fundamentally flawed.

    Firstly being black isn't a trend, it cannot be symbolised through the combination of tennis shoes, jeans and branded sports apparel. Second being 'black' cannot be defined by a specific regional dialect, certain cities, levels of social or cultural depravity.

    Being black is an innate sense of identity and makes me, me. The term 'wigga' is a pseudo-colloquialism utilised by individuals with a deficiency in the ability to effectively articulate their personal opinions.

    try again anonymous kiss

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  14. i am black too

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  15. Lauren this is an amazing idea! You have to write this book. xo

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  16. i visited your site and it was good enough than othere site that i visited before.


    part time job

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  17. Hugo Boss, Adidas, North Face, Timberland, Ralph Lauren an Lacoste is what you will find in my wardrobe

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  18. its not true, scouse girls just like big hair to go with thier big personalities and big smniles :D. they look after themselves in a way that no other cicy does, they wont answer the front door without mascara and they make sure that they always look thier best. there is nothing wrong with taking pride in your apearance and if you have the hair wear it big , bold and beautiful :D xxxxx

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  19. I'm from Liverpool.. i never realised scouse styles were so much different from everywhere else haha? I love the big hair and all that but its sly the way you've categorised us all!!!!

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  20. most of these comments are shit im fromliverpool we love bighair and tha theres no problem with it and for wanna be wags maybe we love footballers we only take pride in hiw we look chow<3

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