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Wearing Seersucker After Labor Day But Before Winter

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I know, I know....but in Toronto all we got this summer was merciless heatwave after heatwave and I feel cheated. I see no reason why seersucker can't get along with temperate sunny autumn days and colourful leaves. Must I conform to rules on this? Would wearing it during Indian summer be acceptable at the least? Same question for spectator shoes. What say you all?
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I know, I know....but in Toronto all we got this summer was merciless heatwave after heatwave and I feel cheated. I see no reason why seersucker can't get along with temperate sunny autumn days and colourful leaves. Must I conform to rules on this? Would wearing it during Indian summer be acceptable at the least? Same question for spectator shoes. What say you all?
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I'd say that you won't get a lot of criticism for wearing it a bit later in the year, so long as the weather is appropriate. I moved my seersucker into storage yesterday as it's most certainly fall here and I can't foresee wearing it again this year due to the impracticality (weather).

Having said that, I wear some tweed into spring as well as the seasons transition. My spring things are often not warm enough for early morning early spring weather, so again, it's a practicality issue. I think of summer to fall weather/clothing as no exception to this idea.

Enjoy the last few weeks of seersucker weather and get some use out of it!
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I have a similar question - tan poplin suit (lined, but for summer) in the low 70s in early October?

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HansderHund, I did not know that countries outside of the US and Canada celebrate Labor Day or use it as a cut off point for the color/type of clothing one is permitted to wear.

I think the whole thing is arbitrary, but then again, I don't really wear white or seersucker in general.
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I think the whole thing is arbitrary...

This. Using holidays or dates to dictate the appropriateness of a color or item is definitely a female thing. If the temperature/situation is right, then wear whatever you like. A perfect example are Butler's white flannels. Allegedly there is to be no white after Labor Day, yet he has a pair of white, heavyweight trousers and pulls them off quite well in the dead of winter. I have a few white things that I wear during winter, including and incredibly thick, warm pull over.

While it's true seersucker is a warm-weather fabric, I know that many in the States (especially in the South) will wear it into mid October with no issues. Granted, that's because it will be 80F here for at least another month... I've worn fresco into December before.
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As a resident of the deep South, it is not uncommon to see seersucker and white bucks well into October. It's going to be upper 80s-90s this weekend, which makes those tweed coats and flannel pants a bit uncomfortable no matter how good they look.
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HansderHund, I did not know that countries outside of the US and Canada celebrate Labor Day or use it as a cut off point for the color/type of clothing one is permitted to wear.
I think the whole thing is arbitrary, but then again, I don't really wear white or seersucker in general.

Labor day isn't a holiday here but I just meant wearing seasonal items longer than the traditional time period. We're in full autumn weather so obviously summer clothing looks a bit off but, more importantly, wouldn't really be appropriate. It was sunny but cool today, so I wouldn't consider wearing linen, for example.

I own a pair of off white wool/angora pants that are lined to the knee. They aren't intended for summer and I can't imagine wearing them from June-August. After October, though, I wouldn't hesitate to wear them and I don't think they'd look inappropriate.
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