I was amazed by this documentary I found in a Brazilian blog called Ubora. Its a introduction to how the English subcultures were influenced by the Caribbean community that immigrated to England.
The history of how the music and the cultural mix between classic English elements and the black swag, created what we know as Skinheads.
They were the ‘anti-maistreammers’ , the working class, developing their own style on the late 60′s/early 70′s, same time the ‘hippie kids’ started to raise. Shorter trousers, T-shirt inside the pants, brogues or Docs on their feet, shaved heads inspired by the american astronauts and men’s suspenders, were a trademark.
When it came to girls, on the top the same rule applied for both genders, but on the bottom, girls would be in white opaque tights, shiny brogues and skirts. The Feather haircut was a uniform.
Opposite of what people think, they were never racist. Skinheads, as the media baptized them, was a music/style thing, that brought black and white together on the English suburbs but it all dispersed on early 70′s. Early 80′s ‘skinheads’ had nothing to do with style and music, they came back as the shame that is often related to racism and violence.