A Tribute to the Leisure Suit
In honor of that special thematic day that arrives every Thursday (Throwback Thursday for those not familiar), we’re celebrating the casual suit that took the 70s by storm. Synonymous with the Hustle and disco clubs throughout America, the Leisure suit was the staple of the times.
It started out as a sign of rebellion. Breaking from the more traditional and well established black suit, the youth, during the first half of the 20th century embraced this comfortable, often loose fitting getup. The popular fabric for most Leisure Suits was polyester. Invented in the 1940s, the polyester suit gained its popularity in the UK. A few decades later in the 70s, Lee Jeans brought the trend to America by calling them “Lee-sure” suits. The “look” was a combination of a suit shirt (suit jacket that looks like a shirt) and matching pants. They were also designed in a variety of different colors and styles.
Some Leisure Suits were made with large lapels and enormous front pockets. The suits were also matched with colorful polyester shirts that had massive collar points. Bell bottoms was also the must have design to complete the look.
While the look is now just a memory, it lives on as a memory for those who hustled their way through that era. The Leisure Suit often reappears in pop culture, film and Halloween costume shops; further emphasizing its significance to American culture.
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