Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by knezz, Mar 17, 2012.
Hats off to you sir!
The full-blown stripity seersucker suit may be too much for some, but that's no reason to avoid the fabric. I'm quite fond of seersucker shirts, odd-jackets and trousers and believe they transcend the stereotypical Southern dandy look.
Though I don't mean to recall the late unpleasantness (and anyway, my folks were in Austria-Hungary and Lithuania at the time), I prefer gray to blue:
Only one choice for shoes:
Man.... if I could get away with wearing this in my office...
Easter is the "beginning bell," not spring. Also, for many Americans, particularly those northerners who wish to don our Southern boys' style, it's not seersucker time until Memorial Day.
Interesting. Living in the NYC metro, seersucker comes out for Easter, then gets put away again until Memorial Day.
As far as where you can wear it - I used to work at a bulge bracket Wall St firm. After I made SVP, on a summer Friday I came in (a bit apprehensive to be honest) in full seersucker. My boss looked at me and said - " Bravo. If I could pull it off, Id wear it too." I never wore it again, but it was nice to know I could.
Now, as owner of my own firm, I wear whatever TF I want. Seersucker is a cool, fun, classic, summer suit. Enjoy it.
Become a lawyer in New Orleans. It's compulsory.
For the last century, Haspel has defined a uniquely American style, pioneering the seersucker suit and making preppy looks de rigueur at Ivy League campuses throughout the country. Today, at a time when younger men are increasingly dressing up and embracing modern interpretations of classic looks, Haspel has taken on a new, modern resonance.
With its 2010 collections, Haspel has sought to capture and reinterpret its heritage as a family-owned brand whose patriarch, Joseph Haspel, famously never wore socks and publicized "wash-and-wear" fabric by swimming suit-clad in the Atlantic Ocean. The clothes reflect polish without pretention, anchored by an iconic style that's never been out of fashion.
Founded in New Orleans in 1909, Haspel operated as a small manufacturer of men's work wear - until a lightweight Indian fabric known as seersucker forever changed what was in store. Joseph Haspel's suit solution for Louisiana's blazing summer heat became the brand's signature item, propelling Haspel's popularity beyond its southern roots, while making an indelible mark on American menswear. Before long seersucker had shed its practical image in favor of an air of panache, as celebrities and politicians embraced the style and young college men made it a staple of their preppy wardrobes. More than clothing, the seersucker suit emerged as a symbol of status, in the words of writer Damon Runyon "a badge of affluence."
Syms used to get in tons of Haspel seersuckers and cotton suits every spring. I wore a tan cotton Haspel yesterday actually. It was $120 total with alterations - can't really beat the price. RIP Syms.
Haspel Seersucker suits frequently show up on STP for less than $200 today.
I live in a cave. When did this happen??
I would stop by Syms once or twice a year to see if anything caught my eye. I did find a few bargains.
I find this to be the case. There is only one other attorney in the county who I have seen wear a seersucker. Frighteningly, we both wore it to Court on the same day last summer.
Here is our seersucker line up this season (which starts Memorial Day, and FWIW National Seersucker Day is the 3rd Thursday in June)...
Blue, Teal, Black, Grey & Tan
I normally don't start seeing seersucker until the summer, and then usually only on the weekends (Sunday brunch, for example); I live in the Carolinas fwiw.
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