Zoot suits gained first popularity in Harlem Jazz culture, neighborhood in New York City of Manhattan, then begun to be the popular clothing among African American, American Hispanics, Italian Americans and Filipino Americans during the 1930’s and 1940’s
CHARACTERISTIC OF A ZOOT SUIT :
The suit has a high-waisted, wide-legged, tight-cuffed trousers. And the jacket are longer than the traditional suits, with wide lapels and wide padded shoulders. The amount of material and tailoring required made them luxurious. Many younger aged men wore a more moderate version of the “extra-bagged” trousers. The loose style attire is an extravagant personal style with a declaration of freedom, although people consider it as a “rebellious garment of the era”.
Zoot suits are commonly matched with fancy hats with feathers, or hats that are unique and elegant by its characteristic (Godfather hats; Untouchable Hats; Derby Hats). French-styled shoes are matched to this fashionable wear depending on their flashy and sharp colors. Zoot suits are also featured a watch chain dangling from the belt to the knee or below, then back to the side pocket
Fashionable colors: zoot suits are are commonly sharp and attrative in color, patterend as tone on tone, solid or matching 3 pc compose with a combination of a patterned jacket , solid trousers that accents the suit itself.