Updated: May 29, 2020
One of my fondest childhood memories is of my Dad wearing a Seersucker blazer and Panama hat on holiday. Every summer, like clockwork the seasonal duo, that being the Seersucker blazer and Panama hat would make an appearance so my Mum, sister and I would have a long-standing giggle.
Upon reflection, he opted for seersucker fabric and a Panama hat to keep his fair skin cool and to protect his head from the sun. Not as we thought, to stroll along like someone off Bergerac or Mid Summer Murders (TV series from the early '80s). Hours of craftsmanship goes into making a seersucker weave, however, I would be lying if I said the technical weave entertains me more than the childhood memory.
Like denim, original blue and white seersucker fabric can be worn with just about any medium colour or bright colour, depending upon our colour palette and like denim, Seersucker is unisex. If you are wondering whether you suit it, ask yourself, do I suit denim?
Seersucker is a thin, puckered, all-cotton fabric weave. It is seasonal and like linen, it was designed to keep people cool in the summer. Seersuckers wrinkled-finish is much like my forehead these days, slightly wrinkly in appearance, in places. The crinkling in the Seersucker fabric is a feature which causes the fabric to be mostly held away from the skin when worn. Here are five reasons to consider wearing Seersucker when it is hot;
1. Seersucker fabric does not sit directly on our skin
2. Seersucker fabric facilitates heat dissipation and air circulation
3. Seersucker fabric does not need pressing (ironing) so it is ideal for travelling and squashing it into a small travel bag
4. The term "Seersucker" comes from the Hindi word "Sīrsakar" which had been borrowed from the Persian compound "Shīroshakar" (meaning "milk and sugar"). It first became popular during the British summer.
5. Ernest Hemmingway loved wearing Seersucker, so if it is good enough for Ernest.
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