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All About Seersucker, the Coolest Cloth

May 6, 2011

The Name: The fabric hails from India, where it was known as shir-o-shakar, which in Persian means “milk and sugar” and probably represented the contrasting textures of the fabric: milk for the smooth and sugar for the crinkle. The term evolved in the 18th century to become sea sucker, and later seersucker.

How and Why It Works: The fabric is usually 100 percent cotton, and its smooth-and-crinkled striped texture is achieved through a slack-weaving technique in which the alternating tightness and slack of the weaves creates both flat and puckered stripes. Because of the texture, the fabric is mostly held away from the skin, which helps improve air circulation and heat dissipation. It moves, breathes, and wears wrinkles well. Mostly because it starts off wrinkled.

How to Buy It: Though traditionally blue-and-white-striped, seersucker comes in many different varieties: brown on white, gray on white, even white on white. We would, however, recommend against red on white, unless you want people to walk up to you and demand a scoop of chocolate ice cream. Also, when buying a light fabric like seersucker, make sure the hem of the trousers is reinforced with heavier fabric to maintain the shape of the leg and protect the fragile material.

How to Wear It: You’ll presumably wear a collared shirt with your seersucker suit. Make sure it is crip and white.

Oh, and Socks: With seersucker, match to either stripe. If your suit is beige or cream, beige socks would work, but if it’s blue and bright white, beige or cream socks could just look plain dirty. Have you considered the other summer option β€” no socks at all?

via Seersucker Suits for Men – Seersucker Suit Guide – Esquire.

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