Around Derby weekend, the seersucker suit gets all the attention.
But the fabric itself is so versatile—and cooling, with its uneven weave lifting the cotton off your skin and leaving hundreds of tiny pockets of air to cool you. So, in the event you’d like to outfit another part of your body with seersucker—say, your neck, or your feet—we’ve gone ahead and found enough gear to swathe you from head to toe in the legendarily cooling fabric. Now, we’re not saying you should try wearing every single piece here at once...
Here’s a timely reader question that landed in our mailbox this past week, paraphrased below:
Every Labor Day we’re told to pack up the summer gear and start acting like it’s fall. But it’s still hot as hell out and I want to keep wearing stuff that’s not going to make me overheat. Will I be committing sartorial sin by wearing seersucker in mid-September?
Playing by rules can be tough—especially when you’re faced with the sweltering prospect of heading into summer-like conditions wrapped in hopsack wool. In our estimation, your need to stay comfortable in the tail end of summer should supersede any obligations to uphold the vestiges of sartorial tradition—but we don’t want you walking around town giving the wrong impression. So we came up with a simple guideline to follow.
There’s nothing more indispensable during summer than a pair of swim trunks you can wear no matter what the weekend throws at you—swimming, drinking, eating, waiting 30 minutes, more swimming and so on.
And while there have been a few astonishingly chino-like contenders on the scene recently, we’re still partial to an old standby: the seersucker swimsuit. It’s got a lived-in summeriness that plays well with the carefree weekend vibe. (Think: Bill Murray, on his best behavior.) So we’ve scoured the shops for a handful of our favorites, from the European-leaning to the go-to-hell variety.
Guess Who: British GQ reminds us that 20 years ago today, the world was introduced to Ms. Schiffer. Here’s the slideshow. [GQ]
’Sucker Without Stripes: Valet rounds up a handsome selection of seersucker blazers that go beyond the puckered stripe. [Valet]
Spotted: Mark Zuckerberg in a suit. With all the hullabaloo over his hooded-ness on Wall Street last week, everyone was surprised to see him looking passably well-dressed at his impromptu wedding this Saturday. (We’ll assume he hollered, “We want prenup.”) [Fashionista]
Being David Lynch: Selectism uses the iconic coif as a case study in a new series on grooming. You’ll want to have a beer handy. [Selectism]
It’s already happening. This unseasonably warm weather just keeps on getting more and more unseasonably warm. So we’ve already had to kick our yearly quest for the ultimate summer shirt into high gear.
Enter: this new Franken-shirt from Brooks Brothers—it’s part polo (with a knit collar and ribbed armbands) and part seersucker sports shirt. And it very well could be “the answer.”
The good news is that you’re coming up on a three-day weekend. The bad news is, you’ve got four days left before you’re honor-bound to put your white bucks back on the high shelf. Along with a few other items…
Vintage in Miniature: Michael Williams ventures into Levi’s Vintage Clothing’s gallery of terrifying doll garments. Be warned: What you see beyond this link may shock you to your very core. [A Continuous Lean]
Through The Years: A generational guide to using your smartphone. The verdict: You may not want to keep it on the table, no matter how young you are. [GOOD]
Boiled Beef and Arbuckle Coffee: A firsthand look at the lifestyle and diet of a cowboy, circa 1890. Your mileage may vary. [Boing Boing]
Seersucker and Skirted Loafers: A street style session with Nickelson Wooster. The man definitely knows how to wear shorts. [tucked]
Speaking of seersucker, Andre Balazs gave a pretty thorough clinic on the uses of the seersucker suit at this weekend’s Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.
If you’re not familiar, the Polo Classic is an annual polo exhibition that lures in celebrities, the occasional prince and a nigh unmanageable quantity of Manhattanite polo fans. And since it’s all happening on a Sunday afternoon in early June, with little to no shade…things can get a little bit warm.
So naturally, Mr. Balazs switches from his usual open-collared wool suit to an open-collared seersucker suit. (Trads will object to the loafers under a suit, but we're willing to give him a pass given the occasion.) The touch that elevates it into MOTH-hood, however, is that umbrella—in case those storm clouds showed their teeth. Stay prepared, gentlemen.
It comes from Gitman Brothers Vintage (who have been killing it on the S/S/B/D front), with a secret weapon: seersucker. You might not notice without the telltale stripes, but it’s made from the same piped fabric as the more traditional version, and it’ll wear just as cool. The fit here’s close to perfect too, particularly the shoulder seam. Once things heat up, it’ll be a safer bet than your tee-shirt.
Glenn O’Brien’s Bergdorf book launch last week saw quite a bit of sharp gentlemen come out of the woodwork. This snap catches the Style Guy flanked by Andre Balazs and GQ ed-in-chief Jim Nelson—and while none of the three is exactly a slouch, we’ve got to hand this one to the man in seersucker.
He’s a little more dressed-down than the two black-clad gents to his left, but Jim Nelson is the guiding light of casual seersucker style here. The weathered jeans, skinny tie and perfectly placed tie bar play up his elfin charm, while the thin peaked lapels set his jacket apart from the more traddish models you’ll find at Brooks Brothers. He even manages to pull off the loosened tie, a move that can come off as slouchy on lesser mortals.