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Zoot Suits (30s – 40s)

During the late 1930s, a lot of men of minorities, especially African-Americans were often seen wearing zoot suits. A suit that featured high-waisted, tight-cuffed, pegged pants with a long coat that had wide lapels and padded shoulders. Originally the suits were associated with black urban jazz musicians. Zoot meant something worn or performed in an extravagant style, these suits definitely qualified. During WWII, the suits were banned due to the amount of fabric required to make them, that led to the Zoot Suit Riots.