Around thirty years ago the style of clothing worn by teenage and young men living in Brooklyn New York changed. I grew up in Brooklyn in the 1970s, and I can see it’s influence in today’s styles. Let’s start with the sixties style that was worn by the teenage and young men of that decade. Flared polyester slacks with a short strap in the front that served as a belt was popular, and if you were cool you left that flap hanging. A pair of Skippies boat shoes were one choice of footwear, for dress you would change into a pair of playboy shoes, they were made of leather or suede and you had your choice of slip-on or buckle-up. The hat of that era was a spitfire kangol cap, a Godfather, a bucket, or a robin hood, a tee shirt was worn for comfort. In the winter you would wear a v neck sweater underneath a short parka, or a navy pea coat if you wanted to look sharp.
When the seventies arrived, the slacks changed to gabardines. For footwear, you had to sport a pair of 69er keds, and they had to be laced over the top of the lace holes with the same colored laces. The hat changed to a kangol cap, which was sometimes worn backwards, and the shirt, long sleeve polyester print. In the late seventies things changed again, flare Lee jeans with a military crease and nylon tee shirts with matching boxer shorts. We would let our jeans drop about two inches to show the nylon boxer shorts off. A new dress shirt had also emerged, a stretchy polyester print with elaborate prints called a nik nik. The footwear of choice would be Pumas or Adidas basketball shoes, laced through the top of the lace holes with very thick laces of the same color. In the winter, you would cover your outfit with a nineteen seventy seven corduroy field jacket with rabbit fur around the collar, a gray pea coat with a slanted zipper under the collar (we called a stratta) or a sheepskin coat. To top your outfit off in style, you would wear a beaver fur Godfather hat. If you wore a baseball cap, it was worn backwards. Gold or silver Catholic medallions, especially house pieces were very popular. Yes, Brooklyn’s influence is still around.