zoot suit(redirected from zoot-suiter)
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A type of suit, popular among men in the 1930s and '40s, consisting of a long, broad jacket and wide-legged pants worn high on the waist, typically accompanied by a fedora or pork pie hat of a matching color. My friends and I decided to wear zoot suits to prom so we would stand out from everyone wearing normal tuxedoes. It's odd seeing pictures of my granddad tearing up the dance floor in his zoot suit as a young man.
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A man's ensemble for hipsters and other cool dudes. Popular during the 1930s and '40s, a zoot suit featured a long coat with wide lapels and padded shoulders and matching high-waisted, ballooning pants. Fancy shoes and a felt fedora hat completed the hipster “look.” “Zoot” was apparently a variation of the word “suit.”
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