Seersucker is one of my favorite summer staples. Only to be worn between Memorial Day and Labor Day, it is a elevated older sister to white and younger sister to madras. It is an essential to the traditional wardrobe, ergo it is an essential to my wardrobe. Since it never goes out of style, I have never had to retire a seersucker item. In fact, I still have the pink and white a-line, strapless, seersucker dress I purchased during the summer of 2008. I distinctly remember wearing it later that summer during my last night out on the Gulf Coast before moving to DC for graduate school and again that summer on my birthday.
Seersucker has a rich history. The name is derived from the Persian word from milk and sugar; this refers to the textured character of the fabric. In the early 1900s, the fabric came to be en vogue by way of New Orleanean designer Joseph Haspel Sr. Seersucker was a popular alternative to the paradigm due to its lightweight nature versus the intense temperature and humidity of the deep South.
Seersucker suits were very popular on Capitol Hill prior to the introduction of air conditioning. Could you imagine having to work in the Capitol not only without a/c, but also while wearing a lightweight wool suit? How miserable. In the 1990s, Mississippi senator Trent Lott rebooted the seersucker Thursday trend on The Hill. I speak from experience when I say that this spread all over the District. Several blocks away from the Capitol, the entire government relations and communications department for the nonprofit that I worked for during graduate school engaged in seersucker Thursday, myself included.
If the spring releases are any indication, seersucker is coming in hot for the summer. I have rounded up some of my favorite styles. Can you guess which one I broke Shopping Moratorium 2018 for?