Friday, September 12, 2014

Vintage Clothes - Men's Leisure Suits

Leisure Suits originated on the west coast of the US in the late-1930s as summer casual-wear for the wealthy, possibly derived from the heavy tweed Norfolk, khaki safari and Ike jackets worn by English sportsmen. Leisure Suits became popular among members of Britain's Mod subculture in the 1960s, but only achieved widespread popularity in the United States when—with the creation and popularization of synthetic materials—an unprecedented inexpensive suit featured contrasting stitching on yokes, cuffs, and elephant collars. Casual enough to be worn out of the workplace setting yet formal enough for business. They are frequently associated with that era's Disco culture. The Leisure suit height of popularity was around the mid to late 1970s, but fell from fashion in the very early 1980s.

When I presented this pastel Peach Leisure Suit to my husband, I think he rolled his eyes. But being the loving husband that he was then and still is today, he donned the suit to many family functions, taking in all the ribbing his brother's could dish out. When we unearthed the suit from one of those many stored boxes, we had a good laugh reliving that time, when current culture and fashion protested formality. Keith tried the suit on but alas, it did not fit. However, it holds fond memories and it never fails to make a visitor to our museum guffaw when a guy sees it and recalls his own experience with his Leisure Suit.

Just as women love to shop and wear vintage clothing, so should men. Check out this website for men's vintage clothing.





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