Zoot suit?

#1
Years ago I remember my father ex para 70's era mentioning the term Zoot Suit.

I am watching " A touch of Frost " and a shop called " zoot suit " is central to the programme.

I thought I better check out its meaning.

wiki ZOOT SUIT

Do any of the senior members remember this term?
 
#5
FaceLikeAPingPongBall said:
Zoot suit, great bit of kit, made out of para nylon, tops used to be standard civie dress mit maron t-shirt and desert wellies, Aldershot circa 1984 onwards!
I remember those civvy-tops bits well. Bisley used to be awash with them for the services meeting, until the sun came out and layers were shed.

And I remember the anti-SA80 T-shirts from about the same time. Made a v. good point, too - until some general had a SOH bypass and banned them.
 
#6
caubeen said:
FaceLikeAPingPongBall said:
Zoot suit, great bit of kit, made out of para nylon, tops used to be standard civie dress mit maron t-shirt and desert wellies, Aldershot circa 1984 onwards!
I remember those civvy-tops bits well. Bisley used to be awash with them for the services meeting, until the sun came out and layers were shed.

And I remember the anti-SA80 T-shirts from about the same time. Made a v. good point, too - until some general had a SOH bypass and banned them.
You knew a local tart was a mong then when you're in a zoot top and Ron Hills in the Wellington Centre and she asks you "What job you do"!
 
#7
Got one off a mate who aquired a parachute and got his mum to make some up wouldn't wear down the pub except for a bet but ideal running top etc.
 
#9
FaceLikeAPingPongBall said:
Are they still about? I fancy some 80s retro 'squaddie in civies gear'!!!
I'll pass on the zoot top - but if you stumble across one of those SA80 T-shirts I'd be glad of one. Collectors' item these days, I suppose.
 
#13
A pair of trousers and a long sleeved T-shirt made from parachute nylon or (ideally) pertex. Windproof, quick-drying and comfortable was the idea. Never even seen one in the nylon myself - Survival Aids made them but how much?!?!

Probably a very useful item.
 
#14
The darzi used to make them in FARELF in the 1960s during the Borneo campaign great for taking on patrol as spare (dry) kit.
 
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