My First Seersucker

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  1. trogdor

    trogdor Senior member

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    Those of you in Toronto might be interested to know that Stollery's currently has a 25% off sale on Haspel seersucker and madras stuff. Some pretty cool pieces there.

    Given that I'm about to leave North America, I thought I'd better pick one up, and I'm very pleased with it. I think it will work both as a suit and (gasp!) as separates, as both the jacket and pants are pleasingly slim cut. It's this one (but that's not me in the picture): [​IMG]

    I already saw this thread here, but are there any more suggestions on how to wear seersucker? It's my first time, see. More pictures would be marvellous too.
     
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    i think only men in the southern US can pull off seersucker suits as in the pic above.

    it makes every man look like a teenager at his sister's wedding. for most of us, it's too casual a look, too upper class goofing off in newport.

    i'm not sure where such a suit is suitable if you're a normal male
     
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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    I bought one of the STP Haspels a few weeks ago, and very much like it. I've worn it once as a suit and then this week I wore the coat as a sportcoat paired with a pink button down, off white trousers and white/tan saddle oxfords. I'm going to try the trousers as a separate, too, at some point.

    Obviously, not all men have the confidence to pull off seersucker.
     
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    Tomasso Senior member

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    are there any more suggestions on how to wear seersucker?

    Last night I wore a grey SS with a navy blue knit polo style sweater(Smedley Sea Island cotton) and black espadrilles sans socks.

    I usually wear SS casually, sans tie and socks, as suit and separates equally but occasionally I'll put on a tie and white bucks for a wedding or garden party.
     
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    Congrats on the suit. I wore my newest Haspel SS to a wedding yesterday afternoon/evening. I wore it with a pink spread collar shirt from Jantzen, a pink/white striped Polo tie in linen, a pink/white polka dot silk handkerchief, and AE Byrons in chestnut. I received a number of compliments. I love how well this suit fits and that it only cost $99. Being all cotton and 3/8 lined, it is a fantastic summer suit.
     
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    I have only worn mine once so far this summer since getting it (not much call for a suit in the summer for me), but I did something like that picture.

    A crisp white shirt is nice and clean. However, I found that some greens work well and a certain shade of pink or violet will too (of course I suspect others will, I just didn't try them). However, too dark a shade of pink made me look like an ice cream cone. Ridiculous. Btw, these are all solids--I couldn't really find a patterned shirt that went real well. Has anyone tried a gingham check?

    I think the tie is the bigger challenge. You have to either have large diagonal stripes (as in that pic in post #13 in that other thread), a small pattern that complements the color, or the balls to really mix patterns. Nothing in my closest really suits itself to mixing patterns with that faint stripe. Or maybe I just don't have the balls.

    And as good as Tommy Lee might have looked, I fear that any pairing of a t-shirt, trainers, etc. with seersucker just looks too AmJack. You know every one of them will be doing it now. Sad.

    Has anyone tried cordovan colored shoes with theirs?

    bob
     
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    Btw, these are all solids--I couldn't really find a patterned shirt that went real well. Has anyone tried a gingham check?

    I thought I'd try it with quite a large pattern, like a really big check, or something floral. I'd be worried that small patterns (like gingham) might be too noisy against the stripes of the seersucker.
     
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    I think solid shirts look best with SS
     
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    I favor solid shirts with solid ties.



    It's difficult to see but this shirt is pink.

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    SS with linen shirt and trousers, classic.


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    Don't laugh but I sometimes sport a Full Cleveland(Ferragamo style)




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    Although I do favor espadrilles sans socks.


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    I've been eyeing these Paul Stuart loafers.


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    Of course, these shoes are sublime.



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    trogdor Senior member

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    Thanks for the pictures, Tomasso. These are just what I was looking for.
     
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    I don't actually wear thes spectators with my seersucker, in fact more often I'll wear the Weston loafers above them, but I thought this was a good excuse to post a bad pic of my favorite summer loafers . . .

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    Methinks it's time to get out my own seersucker suit and give it a whirl. I was down in Carmel recently, sporting my first true summer outfit (linen trousers -- light tan, light blue plaid spread collar shirt, tan belt, rust windowpaine Kiton jacket, Santoni FAM cap toes).

    It felt great to be out and about in linen again!
     
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    Overstock.com has some Haspel suits and sport coats at more than 50% off.
     
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    I favor solid shirts with solid ties.


    Although I do favor espadrilles sans socks.


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    Who does good espadrilles? What should they cost?
     

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