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Old 01-11-2015, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Not a fan. I believe Miley Cyrus tried that recently:

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Old 01-11-2015, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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It's really flattering on few.
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Old 01-11-2015, 02:13 PM
 
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Chelsea was more 80s.
I think that is more the case. I suspect it was more mid 80s.
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Old 01-11-2015, 02:15 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I had the Doc Martens. Those things were heavy.
I heard about them in the media, but never saw any. Why were they a thing, exactly?
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Old 01-11-2015, 02:37 PM
 
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It started in my teen years, the sixties, with designer Mary Quant, was modified in the eighties and continues with variations and symbolic baggage it never once had.



Mary Quant put the swing into the 60s, gave us that iconic bob cut and - hallelujah! - invented waterproof mascara | Daily Mail Online
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:24 PM
 
Location: NYC
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The traditional Chelsea cut was definitely an 80s thing, mid-80s especially. In the very early 90s, men started wearing a modified version of it, with the top hair grown out long and the sides shaved. It was very common in industrial music circles. I had this haircut for a while, my mistake was trying to dread it out and my hair is too fine for that.

Then in the early to mid-90s, the punk revival began with fashion to match, some called it the Spirit of 77 look. A lot of women began to wear a modified version of the Chelsea, at least in the circles I ran with. Often, this was a modified mohawk with the sides shaved, or a shaggy style like this. Brody Dalle from the Distillers had that look for a while too, it was very sexy on her, but she could wear a gunny sack and be sexy to me. Many of the 90s styles didn't seem masculine at all to me and I still think they look sexy on women, provided they have the right face shape. My wife would look great in it but it's not going to fly if we want to keep paying our bills.


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I heard about them in the media, but never saw any. Why were they a thing, exactly?
Quality and durability, especially if on your feet all day. Also they tended to be associated with the music of the time. Wouldn't bother buying them these days. Not worth the money.
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:56 PM
 
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The traditional Chelsea cut was definitely an 80s thing, mid-80s especially.
You're right, Mr. Bad Guy, that it was definitely an 80s thing. But by then it had already undergone a modification from the Chelsea style popularized during the Beatles era. Yes, it seems that, like many styles in clothing and hair it was influenced by the music of the day.

Actually, if you view the whole of twentieth century style I suppose the forerunner of the cut would have been the popular bob adopted by the flappers of the 1920s which gave them a mannish look. It probably was easier to dance the wild dance styles of that day with than the traditional longer and more dignified upswept styles that preceded it. And it certainly sent the message that they were free to do as they pleased with their hair.
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:57 PM
 
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Here's a picture of the famous British model, Twiggy, sporting the 1960s style Chelsea cut:

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Old 01-11-2015, 10:02 PM
 
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Here's an interesting explanation of how rebellious youth and Doc Martens got paired up:

Dr Martens History | Official Dr Martens Store - US
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Old 01-11-2015, 10:04 PM
 
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lol.... memory lane. In the 90's I had short, short hair... like that ^^ and like this



.. having hair that short was fun...
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