What were 'zoot' suits?
Popular among the younger people of the generation, they were mens suits, wide lapels, baggy pants, often bright or high contrasting colors.
The Zoot Suit Riots were a series of riots in 1943 during World War II that broke out in Los Angeles, California, between white sailors and Marines stationed in the city and Latino youths, who were recognizable by the zoot suits they favored. The riot was caused become of tensions between Latinos and whiteshey favored.
Zoot Suits were tailored suits, with wide padded shoulders and tapered pants with tight fitting ankles; They were worn mainly by Hispanic minorities during WWII in California. There was racial tensions during this time, and there were numerous fights, mainly around bars. There was a large riot that happened in 1945, in Southern California, where many were killed. My Father was a teenager that grew up in that area and during that time, and told…