style study: 2 tone

2 tone is a musical style that combines elements of punk rock and ska. There are a few bands that are often credited with the sound: The Specials, The Selector, and Bad Manners. Members of these bands are pictured below wearing some of the trademark styles of 2 tone fashion. The fashion styling features strong black and white detailing with sharp, clean lines. Pop-punk bands like No Doubt have clearly taken inspiration from 2 tone and reference the movement as an inspiration point for their work. Looking at the enduring popularity of checkerboard Vans, they aren't the only ones influenced by 2 tone.

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