I’m sure every one of us has worn seersucker at one time or another, right? Until the resurgence of this striped fabric recently (did it ever really go away?), I relegated this fabric in my memories to the 70s. Back then, guys wore seersucker blazers with white pants and white shoes for dress-up. Can you picture it? Lol!
Where Did Seersucker Come From?
Invented in India, the durable cloth became known by its Persian sobriquet, shir o shekar, meaning ‘milk and sugar’, a reference to its crease-free combination of smooth and rough pinstripes. Originally made with cotton and silk, it was washed so that the cotton would shrink, creating the characteristic wrinkles. Today, of course, the fabric is constructed with all-cotton using tighter and looser warps.
How Did This Puckered Fabric Become Famous?
A gentleman from New Orleans named Haspel wanted to create a cooler fabric for men’s suits that could be worn in the sweltering summers in the South. Ivy League and East Coast men began to adopt this “dress down” manner after World War I and seersucker became a classic. Famous men who wore this style include Miles Davis who was copied by many other jazz artists in the 50s. The Duke of Windsor (former King Edward who famously abdicated the throne in 1936 for Wallace Simpson) flaunted a seersucker suit. Cary Grant wore a three-piece version in his role as Atticus Finch, a Southern lawyer, in To Kill A Mockingbird.
Back to my 70s reference, seersucker became a hallmark of men’s style during the “preppy” era. Unfortunately, it was so overused and “cutesy” that its popularity kind of died out for a while.
But it’s back today!
One example is Jamie Foxx who wore a multi-color patchwork jacket in seersucker to the Kentucky Derby recently.
This seersucker shirt for men is one of my husband’s favorites! It’s perfect for a warm-weather vacation!
And how do women style seersucker? Just about any way they can!
Starting in 2019, seersucker dresses and separates became some of the most covetable and Instagrammable items of the season and the trend is continuing.
Why is this fabric so popular? It’s the perfect summer fabric that is breathable, fashionable and wrinkle-free.
As I said, the seersucker pattern is popular in almost anything, including home decor. You can find this pattern in bedspreads and pillows, draperies, even as upholstery! So when I saw these adorable seersucker napkins, I had to have them!!
Love these antique branch napkin rings with them!
Of course, they look even cuter with these nautical blue placements, so into the virtual cart they went, too!
This table isn’t totally set, but I wanted to show you some of the elements in this tablescape. I borrowed ideas from an earlier Holiday post titled Coastal Tablescape.
For the final touch, I wanted a more layered look with natural elements, so I added these woven rattan placemats. I found them on Etsy which is my go-to shopping spot when I can’t find things elsewhere. My current purchase is additional wooden shelves for my closet, cut to custom sizes. You really can find almost anything on Etsy!
How will you style seersucker this summer?