a touch of gangster style

Today, when we think of gangsters, we generally think more gangsta - hip hip thugs in white tank tops and gang colors. But once upon a time, gangsters where a little more stylish, a little more tasteful, although just as dangerous. The gangsters of old - the mafia dons and those climbing the ranks - dressed to impress.
Most mafia men had climbed up out of poverty to make a name for themselves - and what they wanted more than anything was money and power. It makes sense, therefore, that they would choose to flaunt their income by wearing expensive suits and all of the classic fashions of the day. Fedora hats, pinstriped suits and spats were all part of the look. And of course, there is nothing better than a long trench coat for hiding a tommy gun!
In the gangsters heyday, fashion for men was considerably different - as well as for women. Back when men like Al Capone ruled the streets, people dressed for dinner - and dancing, and of course to hit up the local speakeasy in defiance of prohibition. While prohibition didn’t last, the image of the gangster from that era has become an icon of fashion that brings together the style of a decade with the edge of danger and mystery that the powerful men of the mafia carried everywhere they went.
But who says mafia men have to have all the fun? Today, a woman can take on gangster style just as easily as a man; after all, women do look great in pinstripes. Although the mafia back in the day didn’t have many women running around in suits rubbing out rivals, today the fantasy of the early century gangster fits a woman’s costume just as well as a man’s. Certainly women back in the mafia era found something irresistible about the powerful men who ran the streets. Today, women in sexy gangster costumes have the same mystique.