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Gangster chic in 1940s New York

Scene: New York, USA, 1943

Research: Wikipedia, Google with the words "1940s wartime fashion men suits u.s."

I am particularly interested in the subject of pinstripe suits, and whether a group of fashion-conscious hoodlums in their early twenties would have worn them at the height of the Second World War. I understand that zoot suits were all the go for blacks and Mexicans but these fellows in my narrative are white, some Irish, some Italian. While I'm at it, would older gangsters (30-plus), who were in their prime in the '30s, still have been hung up on pinstripes, etc. well into the '40s?

I am aware that pistripe suits - and gangster chic in general - were the height of men's fashion in the 1930s, and plain patterns and colours were the order of the day for regular honest folk during the war, but did gangsters continue to sport pinstripes in the '40s? (Bearing in mind that gangsters and hoodlums have always had a tendency towards flashy attire).

Thanking you all in advance.
Tags: 1940-1949, usa: new york: new york city, ~clothing, ~world war ii
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