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Summer Style in the deep south?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SVS, May 10, 2011.

  1. lasbar

    lasbar Senior member

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    That's actually chef Paul Prudhomme. He does bear an uncanny resemblance to Dom.

    Obese chef are great...

    That is the skinny ones I'm worried about...
     
  2. thebarbaron

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    Even in other parts of the south, the dandy is resurging. I'm in Virginia (more rural/suburban, less DC), and I get down to the Carolinas and Georgia frequently.

    Seersucker is always popular; white bucks are a nice detail that gives you an edge but not necessary. Lots of tan/cream linen, cotton, or worsted. For dress shirts, edge towards the light blues, pinks, even an occasional yellow. Bowties always pull in lots of feminine compliments. Be prepared for the socklessness - in many parts of the South, during the summer months, socks with dress shoes are optional, even for moderately formal occasions. Embrace it! (Except with a few of your best/most expensive pairs of shoes ;-P)
     
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    Stay FaF

    Second
     
  5. cmacey

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    +1. As a Baton Rouge resident myself, all of the advice seems pretty on key.

    +2. Although I grew up in Montgomery , AL, Mother's side hails from around the Baton Rouge area...

    I'll be in New Orleans next month and will be wearing OCBDs, SC burgundy pennies, Argyle OC socks, etc.

    Shorts and button down long or short sleeve shirts are good too. We even wear blue jeans, OCBDs, and chukkas...

    If you are going to be on the water in the evening, you might want to think about a light jacket as it can get a little chilly. Just a thought.
     
  6. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Senior member

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    I'm spending the summer just outside of Baton Rouge and New Orleans and need some southern clothing. Are seersucker suits and white bucs really common?

    In some settings, yes. In others, no. (Although even where they're not common, that doesn't necessarily mean they're inappropriate.)

    It's not just a Baton Rouge and New Orleans things. I live in Baltimore County, Maryland. And in the late spring or summer, I'd be perfectly comfortable wearing a seersucker suit with white bucs to certain events, parties, etc. And I'd feel awkward wearing them to other functions at the same time of year.

    To give an extreme example of what I mean, there's no way I'd choose to address the Board of Directors in seersucker and white bucs. But I'd happily attend my friends' outdoor engagement part next month dressed that way. Similarly, I wouldn't attend a funeral in seersucker and white bucs (no matter that I've seen plenty of funeral attendees wearing jeans, polo shirts, sneakers, etc.), or consider it my "go to" clothing for an employment interview at a conservative law firm. But I wouldn't necessarily rule them out to wear to many restaurants, afternoon concerts, perhaps even certain religious services.

    Since you specifically mention garden parties, seersucker and white bucs are likely a perfectly fine choice.

    Pretty much what you'd need in Baltimore or Seattle or Atlanta or Denver or etc. Adopting "regional costuming" is usually not all that great an idea. Many local residents may regard it as a form of mockery, and be offended by it. If you're going to do it at all, do it cautiously.

    Assuming you're living in the US, and have an appropriate summer wardrobe for your current place of residence, chances are it will largely suffice for Louisiana.

    So, what do you already have, that you'd wear to a summer garden party where you now are? Or haven't you an appropriate summer wardrobe for such occasions, regardless of the region of the country where they might take place?
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  7. Ole War Skule

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    Whatever you do...don't buy anything from Southern Proper or Southern Tide or Southern whatever the fuck you might run across at Perlis in NOLA or McClavy's in BR.


    You'll like like a try too hard LSU fraternity guy, and unless you are one, that's no way to go through life.
     

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