Teddy Boys first hit the scene in London’s East End in 1952. Just four years later the look had crept into every alley and street corner.
Teddy Boys style wasn’t for the thrifty. The suit all by itself could set you back a month’s salary. And they weren’t out to change the world. They just liked looking fab.
First, a Teddy Boy starts with carefully kept hair (called a “DA” for “duck’s arse”) and long sideburns. He kept a comb on him at all times in case anything fell out of place.
Next, he dons a white poplin shirt (with Boston collar), and a shoestring tie. In between the long-sleeved single-breasted drape jacket and shirt was a flamboyant satin or Lurex waistcoat.
His pants were typically narrow cut (called “drainpipes”) with a 2-4″ cuff. The Teddy Boy finished off his outfit with a pair of suede shoes with thick soles (called “brothel creepers”) that covered brightly colored socks.
A gold, engraved ring is a nice touch.