10 Seersucker Pieces
- Kempt Staff
Let’s get you into some seersucker. All over.
Let’s get you into some seersucker. All over.
In honor of the Kentucky Derby, seersucker’s most important day of the year, we’re taking a look back at some of the greatest moments in the material’s light, breathable history.
Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
Umberto Angeloni on what’s next for Caruso’s expanding empire, vintage negatives of Sophia Loren, a historical retrospective of the smoking jacket and...»
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...
But we’re not not saying that either.»
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.
Disentangling the items inextricably linked to summer from the ones with ties loose enough to get away with wearing till the temps actually drop.»
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.
For your consideration: the four finest seersucker swimsuits under the sun.»
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.”
Or “the shirt kept reserved for the golf course.”
We’ve got good news and bad news.
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…
Allow us to elaborate»
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]