The first thing to know: Since ska is derivative of many other musical genres, ska fashion is also a mishmash of styles. Ska arose in early '60s Jamaica, combining elements of jazz, rock, swing, and other snippets from U.S. radio. But it soon moved around the globe, and after a heyday in white America in the '90s it's now quite popular in Latino L.A.
Ska fashion, meanwhile, ranges from the classic two tone styles of the British skinhead scene to the dapper wears of L.A's backyard punk scene. Let's take a closer look.
What to wear: Fly Blazer
When it comes to shirts, styles include the basic white tank top, flannels, band shirts, or even that nice checkered v-neck sweater your grandmother gave you. To tell the truth, most any hipster clothes will do.
How to wear them: Roll up the cuffs
Cuffed pants reflect the influence of old rock 'n roll, and tight trousers -- even ripped jeans -- will fit in great. You can even class it up with some slacks a la the two-tone style of The Specials.Flickr: Otto Yamamoto
What to wear: Kick ass boots
Actually, acceptable footwear can range from classic Vans and Chucks (preferably checkered and black and white) to boots, loafers, Doc Martens eight-hole boots or Gibsons -- plain black, oxblood or cherry red.