The Seersucker Proxy

The name of the game during the summer season is keeping cool.  Blistering heat and high humidity are a formidable challenge to any Webster Man trying to look his best. As you can imagine, wearing a worsted wool blazer in the beaming heat of summer is not always the best idea. When looking for a cooler substitute for that wool blazer, seersucker comes to mind.

Seersucker is a thin, all-cotton fabric, commonly striped or checkered, used to make clothing for spring and summer wear. The word came into English from Hindi, which originates from the Persian words “shir o shekar,” meaning “milk and sugar”, probably from the resemblance of its smooth and rough stripes to the smooth surface of milk and bumpy texture of sugar. Seersucker is woven in such a way that some threads bunch together, giving the fabric a wrinkled appearance in places. This feature causes the fabric to be mostly held away from the skin when worn, facilitating improved heat dissipation and air circulation. It also means that ironing is not necessary (via wikipedia).

Seersucker is a cool, comfortable fabric that is quite dapper. In many circles it has become a sign wealth, class, and power as it is the summer uniform of many in Congress. Often associated with the South, the seersucker blazer (and suit) is most commonly found in white and blue; however, it is produced in a wide variety of colors, usually with alternating colored stripes and puckered white stripes slightly wider than pin stripes.

When all is said and done, seersucker is a light stylish substitute for your wool blazer that will definitely keep heads turning. Whether you are in the boardroom, the classroom, or the floor of the Senate, seersucker will keep you cool and well dressed even during the dog days of summer.

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