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Noun. August 4, 2012, Word of the Day


Created by a French designer, popular in Australia; suddenly became popular in India in the 60's, 70's and 80's.

Worn with either long pants or short pants and knee high socks. Often made from polyester!

While the safari suit symbolised a break with the handspun khadi that Gandhi championed during the independence movement, (thus standing in for a new India), most people think of them as a symbol for a sad and unfortunate period in Indian mens fashion history.

Indelibly associated with the so-called License Raj – the slow, inefficient Indian bureaucracy of the 1970s and the 1980s. These Gorement officials and bureaucrats rocked this look with fat bellies sticking out defiantly.


Are you trying to be anachronistic, did you lose a bet or is this a fancy dress party Why in God's name are you wearing a Safari Suit?
Added 2011-07-05 by Dishoom Dishoom