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post #256 of 474
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There is a whole day in Washington D.C. when politicians (at least the southern ones, and probably some northern ones) wear seersucker. National Seersucker day, or something. I missed it this year because mine was at the tailor, or I would have worn it in solidarity.

post #257 of 474
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There is a whole day in Washington D.C. when politicians (at least the southern ones, and probably some northern ones) wear seersucker. National Seersucker day, or something. I missed it this year because mine was at the tailor, or I would have worn it in solidarity.

I think it's the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. I really need to get one. I wouldn't say they are widespread but I've been seeing them a little more since the recent heatwave began. Very popular with lawyers for some reason. Going for the Atticus Finch look maybe?  Ladies around here rock Seersucker dresses all summer long at least.

 

There's a J. Press store close by I need to check for one. I'm not very Trad during the week, mostly on weekends but think I can pull off Seersucker at least once a week.

post #258 of 474
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You mentioned women's seersucker. My wife is very northern even though she is from a border state (PA). The first time she got a seersucker dress, when were living in Kentucky, she couldn't understand why the wrinkles just wouldn't come out of the damn thing. I explained the nature of seersucker to her and she still didn't understand the attraction. Same reason she rarely wears linen, she doesn't get wrinkles. :D

post #259 of 474
Admittedly, I am an attorney, so perhaps that is the impetus for my attraction to - and comfort in - seersucker. However, the law firm I work for represented a large manufacturer (now defunct) of seersucker suits. Much of the old guard wears seersucker every day in summer. A remnant of an earlier time, I guess. Nonetheless, my constant exposure to seersucker has certainly impacted my perception of it as proper suiting.

I think the biggest issue with seersucker suits - and southern trad in general - is how difficult it is to obtain quality trad garments. Most of the seersucker suits worn around these parts are of the ubiquitous Jos. A Bank variety. Some, Southwick or Samuelsohn, made for local retailers. The odd Haspel. Most are absolute crap. Quality is not up to snuff with some, and with others, the fit is atrocious.*

Further, seersucker - and most other summer trad fabrics, i.e., poplins - simply do not tailor very well. When I first visited Chris, I saw a pink seersucker suit commissioned by one of his Dallas clients. When I save up and dish out the big bucks for tailoring, I sure as hell ain't going to commission a cotton suit.

So for me, we are left in something of a no-mans land. Not sure exactly what point I am trying to get across.

Also, CM, funny what you said about your wife. My long-term lady-friend purchased a cotton-linen-elastane suit a while back for work, thinking it would be fun and summery. I came home one night to her manically attempting to press out the wrinkles with the iron. The next time she wore it, the fusing had come unglued, and the fabric was wrinkling everywhere - especially in the lapels.

She has never purchased anything cotton or linen again.

*I would be interested to see how Sid Mashburn's holds up: http://www.sidmashburn.com/shop/tailored-clothing/indigo-seersucker-virgil-no-2-flap-pocket-suit.html
post #260 of 474
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I have found Brooks Brothers seersucker suits to be more than acceptable. I've heard Haspel is good but I have no experience with them. Very curious about Sid Mashburn too, although for that price I'd probably rather go MTM.

post #261 of 474
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Ok, unless there are any objections I will ask the mods to change the name of this thread to "Moneywellspent's Trad/Preppy Thread". Speak now or forever hold your peace.

It's your thread, so your call. Myself, I quite like the focus on Southern Trad, since one can get all one would ever need on general Trad from the AAAC Trad forum and IvyStyle. I also think SFers are a bit more discriminating when it comes to color combinations and differences in hue and saturation, which as you've noted are crucial to the difference between Southern and Northeast Trad.
post #262 of 474
I agree, I say keep it with Southern Trad. We can discuss all types of Trad - especially as a means of comparison - but I kind of like the focus.

Southern trad is plainly a different animal.
post #263 of 474
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I have found Brooks Brothers seersucker suits to be more than acceptable. I've heard Haspel is good but I have no experience with them. Very curious about Sid Mashburn too, although for that price I'd probably rather go MTM.

I was looking on J. Press' website and all their jackets are undarted. Eek! Sack Suit is Trad, but not for me. I was watching an Oxxford Seersucker on eBay but the measurements were not quite right for me. I think BB might be the way to go. I also have no experience with Haspel.

post #264 of 474
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Ok, southern trad it will remain. Thanks for the input!

 

BTW, BB has made both fully lined and half lined seersucker suit. 

post #265 of 474
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Admittedly, I am an attorney, so perhaps that is the impetus for my attraction to - and comfort in - seersucker. However, the law firm I work for represented a large manufacturer (now defunct) of seersucker suits. Much of the old guard wears seersucker every day in summer. A remnant of an earlier time, I guess. Nonetheless, my constant exposure to seersucker has certainly impacted my perception of it as proper suiting.

I think the biggest issue with seersucker suits - and southern trad in general - is how difficult it is to obtain quality trad garments. Most of the seersucker suits worn around these parts are of the ubiquitous Jos. A Bank variety. Some, Southwick or Samuelsohn, made for local retailers. The odd Haspel. Most are absolute crap. Quality is not up to snuff with some, and with others, the fit is atrocious.*

Further, seersucker - and most other summer trad fabrics, i.e., poplins - simply do not tailor very well. When I first visited Chris, I saw a pink seersucker suit commissioned by one of his Dallas clients. When I save up and dish out the big bucks for tailoring, I sure as hell ain't going to commission a cotton suit.

So for me, we are left in something of a no-mans land. Not sure exactly what point I am trying to get across.

Also, CM, funny what you said about your wife. My long-term lady-friend purchased a cotton-linen-elastane suit a while back for work, thinking it would be fun and summery. I came home one night to her manically attempting to press out the wrinkles with the iron. The next time she wore it, the fusing had come unglued, and the fabric was wrinkling everywhere - especially in the lapels.

She has never purchased anything cotton or linen again.


*I would be interested to see how Sid Mashburn's holds up: http://www.sidmashburn.com/shop/tailored-clothing/indigo-seersucker-virgil-no-2-flap-pocket-suit.html

 

I've seen the Mashburn jacket in person, didn't try it on so can't speak to the fit, but it appeared like a true fitted sack jacket with soft construction...maybe something I'll consider if it hits the sale rack. Your point is well taken about the cost though, for the price of a seersucker suit I would typically be inclined to get something more flexible.

Currently I've got a pair of off-white/grey seersucker trousers - I've been wearing those with a light white shirt when it's 90+ out, but because the stripping on the seersucker is so subtle the trousers don't really read as seersucker. Stealthy southern trad? Yet to jump feet first into the full suit.

post #266 of 474

This is the one I was tracking but it's just a little too broad in the shoulders and long for me. Damn Oxxford always runs big:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-OXXFORD-HIGHEST-QUALITY-Blue-Seersucker-2Btn-Flat-Front-Suit-42-42L-NWT-3K-/152156510847?hash=item236d3c1a7f:g:ROsAAOSwcBhWU5Ty

 

Haspel's are around $300 NWT with some eBay vendors. Think I'm going to pull the trigger. This forum is quite inspiring.

post #267 of 474
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From what I've heard Haspel would be a solid choice. Nice Oxxford though.

post #268 of 474
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From what I've heard Haspel would be a solid choice. Nice Oxxford though.

As a Northerner it would have been amusing to wear a Seersucker made in Chicago.
post #269 of 474
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Chicago is pretty terrible but they certainly make some nice stuff here.

post #270 of 474
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Chicago is pretty terrible but they certainly make some nice stuff here.

Oh, come now. I grew up in Toledo and have spent lots of time in Chicago. Love that town! Was just there a few months ago. Much more American than my current DC digs. I have family in Lexington so I reconnect with the South every now and again but am a dyed-in-the-wool Northerner.
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