Remember the gangster suits that were popular in America in the 1950’s? Those high waisted wide leg trousers and elongated jackets with shoulder pads, the hats, the shoes with thick soles, the long chains hanging from the waist – it was depicted incredibly well in movies about gangsters. But do you know how that fashion trend started, and ultimately why and how did it end?
While the zoot suits were popular amongst gangsters because they made it really easy to hide guns, Mexican immigrants were the first to wear those suits. They were extremely comfortable and popular. Mexicans who wore those suits called themselves “pachuco”, which later became associated with street gangs, nightlife and flamboyant behavior.