Wearing Seersucker

Blue and white stripes are the seersucker of old, but they still rule the roost in modern looks. Yellow, pink, pale orange, gray and soft green all show their stripes in spring and summer seersucker, but of the variations in color, there is only one rule: Seersucker is seasonal and specifically for times that are warm.  Wearing the thin, almost crepe-like cotton and always slightly crinkled stripes of seersucker is simplicity at its finest unless it becomes too complicated. Guys and girls can wear too much of it and it is possible to go from casual cool to, well, wrinkled fool.  Here are some ways to show your stripes in moderation or in saturation, so you can stay comfortable as well as traditional, on-trend or a bit of both.

Seersucker got its start in suit form, with jackets and pants worn together on warm Southern days, and suits are still in fashion depending on the occasion and the way they are worn. There can be too much of a cool thing, but top-to-toe stripes is generally the way to go for guys at the Kentucky Derby, a Mint Julep-themed party or in locales where a seersucker suit is the only suit in the closet. Wearing the thin, crumply matching jacket and pants works in cities and northern towns too, as long as it is balanced with an unpatterned or subtle shirt. The reverse works, as well. A seersucker shirt underneath a classic solid suit is cooler and cool.

Probably the most wearable choice is the seersucker short.  They are widely available in a variety of lengths and colors, and can be dressed up or down from spring to late summer. Pleat-front women’s shorts look cool and fashionable with a crisp white shirt. Pulling in a third color, for example wearing a pink button-down with blue and white seersucker shorts or a pastel yellow T-shirt with gray and white bermudas is an easy look that adds a lot of options for a single pair of shorts.

While suits may offer the most square inches of seersucker fabric, miniskirts probably bear the least. Women in the East Coast boat set have long worn longer versions of the seersucker mini by keeping lengths at about or just above the knee. More recent versions take the classic stripes to micro-mini shortness or to several inches above the knee while keeping the patterns and fabric of days gone by.

Pairing seersucker with funkier blouses, ironic T-shirts, fitted solid blazers and even cotton tanks is trendy with a touch of class…a combination that rarely fails. Wearing flats in a solid color or even in a clashing pattern, for instance with flowers, animal print or polka dots, keeps a seersucker miniskirt looking cute, while high heels notch up the sexiness.

Although women can sport the look, too, there is something almost iconic about seeing a man in a seersucker blazer with pants or shorts. Where a seersucker suit can sometimes get it wrong by being over-the-top, a jacket most often adds just the right touch of both warm weather casualness and up-one-notch style than going without.  Flat-front chinos in shades of tan and khaki or white are staples for the seersucker blazer, but well-tailored black pants or even jeans — in black, blue or even white — look great with a loose but not oversized blazer of any color combination. And some added benefits of dressing up in dress-down seersucker are being able to worry less about ironing, sweating and dry cleaning; within reason, of course.
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