You know the zoot suit. It's the suit that bad guys are usually wearing in comical mid-century gangster movies, but there's much more to this story than a stereotype.
In the 1940s and 50s, zoot suits were worn by Mexican-American hipsters who embraced the flamboyant oversized style of dress to express their desire for freedom from discrimination and racism as an underclass. The zoot suit caused a series of youth riots to break out in Los Angeles and was banned for the duration of WWII.
(via Miss Cellania)