One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A casual outfit consisting of a loose jacket and trousers with elasticated waist, having a soft lining and a shiny polyester outer shell.
- ‘When someone expresses surprise that you have children, should you be flattered that you don't fit their vision of a lumpy, harassed nobody in a sick - spattered shell suit?’
- ‘She condemned shell suits as ‘nasty things made of nasty material’, but said she would replace them at number one with dreaded dungarees.’
- ‘He wore a shell suit and the pleasant, guileless smile of a person disadvantaged by learning difficulties.’
- ‘That, and the fact that almost everyone in Horden wears a shell suit or football shirt and trainers at all times, persuaded him to try the fitness industry.’
- ‘His appearance, in a land of bulky men in shell suits, is elegant informal - he wears well-cut suits with laundered shirts and no tie - but he enjoys fighting his corner.’
- ‘But with the advent of softer fabrics and the dreaded shell suit, fashions changed and the tweed producers fell on hard times.’
- ‘The shell suit was unsurprisingly named as the number one worst ever style crime.’
- ‘His sporting turnout on these local occasions was invariable a shell suit with pipe.’
- ‘There's even a newly unveiled statue of a girl in a shell suit, apparently put there to raise the morale of the area's young folk.’
- ‘He is of course pure chav already although the thought of him in trackies or a shell suit is not a pleasing image.’
- ‘What Ruby calls her ‘suit’ is actually a shell suit.’
- ‘For those who missed it, a man jumping around in a shell suit later succeeded in generating enough of a spark to send the cursed vehicle to oblivion.’
- ‘I've only ever been threatened and spat at in the face by a gangly youth wearing a shell suit and brandishing a can of mace once.’
- ‘Dressed in shell suit and wearing trashy designer shades, the flirty girl has grown up into a hard woman, who lives outside Atlanta in a shrine devoted to the young Olga's glory.’
- ‘If you want to blame anyone for shell suits, Tom is your man.’
- ‘In a few weeks fresh-faced students will be eagerly spewing forth essays on the semiotics of the shell suit in post-parliamentary Scottish soaps, and good luck to them.’
- ‘The town itself was full of people that were stumbling around wearing shell suits and bling, stuffing fish and chips or seafood into already oversized stomachs and drinking excessive amounts of lager.’
- ‘The tradition of the middle class is not to shout about its values through the pages of the tabloids or while wandering along the street in a shell suit.’
- ‘Almost all the court's clientele are dressed in leisurewear: shell suits, hooded tops, baseball caps and trainers - a uniform equally suitable for court, sport or global travel.’
- ‘Just about every Eighties reference was there - brick-like mobile phones (with chargers the size of briefcases), space invaders, shell suits, even Fraggle Rock - crammed into a witty script.’
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