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Zoot Suit Culture
Zoot suits were flashy with extreme cuts designed to be stylish and sleek with loose fitting trousers making it perfect for dancing. Zoot suits were worn for special occasions such as a dance party. The zoot suit was first popularized by young teenage "hepcats" and the "jitterbug" dancers. It became extremely popular when entertainers such as Frank Sinatra began wearing them. The white zoot suit with white shoes became a trademark for king of swing, Cab Calloway.
The zoot suit consists of baggy trousers cuffed at the ankles, wide lapel and padded shoulders, wide brimmed hat, long dangling chains and oversized jacket. The baggy trousers is high-waisted, i.e, the trousers are worn from waist higher than the normal trousers are worn.
Like zoot suit, zazous was popular in France after World War II. Young people expressed their individuality by wearing these loose fitting clothes. Mostly they wore it during the dance parties. Under the German occupation, the young French expressed their resistance and showing their individuality.
Origin of Zoot Suit
There is no clear explanation when and where the
mens zoot suit originated. It resembles the pegged
trousers and long coat worn of 1900s. The zoot suits
first gained popularity in Harlem jazz culture in 1930s.