Seersucker: The Right Way to Wear the Classic

The best in warm weather

Written by Salvatore Marashi

Looking for the quintessential
warm-weather fabric? Look no further than seersucker. In all likelihood, you’ve
probably seen plenty of it but never knew the name or what it’s all about.
Seersucker is a truly great material, bringing much-needed comfort when it’s
hot. So let’s get into it.

Seersucker? Explain

What is Seersucker

What is SeersuckerSeersucker
is characterized as a lightweight cotton fabric that’s stripped and puckered.
There’s a wide range of colors out there but most consist of a combination of
white and colored stripes.
Its puckered texture is
created by pulling wraps of yarn together, alternating in their tightness in
what is called a slack-tension weave. This leaves permanent wrinkles and helps
you forgo the need to iron. Better yet, the process creates extra space between
the layers which gives it greater air circulation.

History of Seersucker

History of Seersucker

History of
SeersuckerSeersucker first comes out of India during the time of the Mughal
Empire. Later coming into western notoriety with the British colonization of
India. By the turn of the nineteenth century, seersucker had made its way over
to America. Joseph Cannon popularized it when on a hot summer day he met with
President Roosevelt, skipping the stiff and stuffy black coat in favor of the
looser and breezy seersucker jacket. The look made waves across the style world
of early nineteen hundreds America. Soon politicians and socialites had
elevated the status of the humble seersucker.
Seersucker became increasingly
popular in the South where hot and humid weather scuttled the desire to wear
normal suit materials. Today, it’s a staple of warm weather menswear. Luckily
for us, the style is back in trend.

Wearing Seersucker Right

Seersucker comes in many
shapes and sizes. Navigating the looks can be tricky. Here are your three best bets
for styling it right.

Shirting Up Seersucker

Men's Seersucker Shirts

Men’s Seersucker
ShirtsSeersucker Shirts are the easiest way to get into this look. If the heat
is destroying your button-down game, then this is your answer. Its perfect
balance of casual and class make it the answer for navigating business and
off-hours style.
Colorwise, we opt for the
always flattering blue and white. The classic combo is simply unbeatable and
the two colors stand in excellent contrast to each other. That being said,
there are plenty of interesting color combos out there. Be careful with some
colors though as you can end up looking like a candy stripper (i.e misjudging
the red and white combo).

Shorts Made Interesting

Men's Seersucker Shorts

Men’s Seersucker ShortsWith
unrelenting heat waves, it’s time to keep pants on part-time duty and swap some
shorts into your rotation. Doubling down on the cooling, seersucker shorts are
breathable warm-weather style times two.
With shorts, the color options
are much more doable. Instead of the traditional stripes, solid seersucker
shorts make for a great choice. The style can lean preppy if you’re not careful
and while that’s some guys style, we prefer the universal appeal that comes
with colors like white, blue and black.
For those days it’s too hot
out to wear anything other than a plain white tee, a pair of solid navy
seersucker shorts will give you ample style success.

The Southern Gentleman
Staple-The Seersucker Suit

Men's Seersucker Suits

Men’s Seersucker
SuitsSeersucker is best known for its role in suits. In America, seersucker
suits were first considered to be the poor man’s suit. Luckily that ridiculous
notion was soon expelled as people from all backgrounds learned to appreciate
the style for all its breezy glory.
Seersucker suits are ideal replacements
when it’s sweltering out for your typical suit rotation. They’re much lighter
than their suit brothers and their colors are refreshing under the hot sun.
This makes them a dream for summer suiting. With it, the fit is even more
important than with your average suit. Those stripes create shadows, so any bad
fits are going to highlight all the wrong things. On the flip side, a tailored
suit will give the stripes everything they need to slim down your silhouette.
Now for colors. Seersucker
suiting comes down to how adventurous you want to be. If you feel uncomfortable
showing off baby blue seersucker shorts, that’s going to be amplified when it
comes to a whole suit. So suiting with this is all about being relaxed while
standing out. When going for this look, we like to go with a light grey or
navy. Both these colors give the look room to shine and are just the right
amount of bold.

Top it Off

Men's Seersucker Hats

Men’s Seersucker HatsHats
probably aren’t the first thing you think of when you think about seersucker.
That just goes to prove how truly versatile this material is. Don’t stifle your
creativity by just going for the obvious choices. Seersucker hats are a very
cool, subtle nod to the style and bring something interesting to the hat game.
Pair seersucker hats with your
all-American outfit, a t-shirt and jeans. Opt for color, standout colors like
pink or blue to really show it off.

Go Buy Some Seersucker

Go forth friends and get
yourself the very best warm weather material. Don’t sacrifice style or comfort
when it’s hot out. Classically cool seersucker should have a place in your
wardrobe for life.

Salvatore Marashi

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.