As if Mother Nature is conspiring against Mother Fashion, the heat has flared up throwing your Fourth of July plans askew. Don’t sweat it and confirm that barbeque! Suit up in a seersucker suit this Independence Day and you will make it through to the fireworks.
Like many other hot weather fabrics, seersucker is originally from India. Known for its inherent crinkled texture and stripes, Seersucker is a classic fabric that is commonly worn in warmer climates. The word seersucker originates from the Persian word Shir-o-shakar meaning ‘milk and honey’. The meaning of the name is thought to represent the crinkled and smooth textures of milk in honey.
Seersucker’s unmistakable stripes and crinkled texture makes it easy to spot in a crowd. The texture derives from the slack tension weave structure. This means that there were inconsistent tensions placed upon the yarn while weaving. The striped pattern is also created from this process using different colored yarns.
In North America, seersucker has been known as both a blue collar and a gentleman’s uniform. In the south, gentlemen wore seersucker as a luxurious daytime suit to stay cool in the summer. While in the west, seersucker was worn by railway workers and other day laborers. Also, later in the 1920’s, affluent and educated young people wore seersucker to make a statement against classism.
Most seersucker is made from 100% cotton fibers and is considerably lightweight. This makes it ideal for the perfect Fourth of July look. Pair your seersucker with a crisp white shirt for a chic and more formal ensemble. Looking for something a little more relaxed? Wear a polo and skip the socks. Seersucker’s texture and striped pattern make it on the louder side. Consider toning down your accessories while wearing this fabric.
Go with an American classic this Fourth of July and put down that tank top. It is possible to both look chic and survive through those UV rays. Keep cool, and keep the party going through to the last boom! – Sophie