Friday, June 11, 2010

Suck it up

The title of this post is a play on the title of last week's Friday cluster, not a mean (but honest) retort that I often dish out to myself as much as to others.  You can take it as such if you're feeling underappreciated at work, hungry because you chose salad over substance at lunch, or [insert whiny complaint here].

But that is beside the's post is about fashion, and summer fashion at that.  Now that it's finally summer here (took long enough, California!), I'm all about lightweight fabrics, and seersucker is a classic summer standby.

What is seersucker, exactly? 
Seersucker is a thin, all-cotton fabric, commonly striped or checkered, used to make clothing for spring and summer wear. The word came into English from Hindi, which originates from the Persian words "shir o shekar," meaning "milk and sugar", probably from the resemblance of its smooth and rough stripes to the smooth surface of milk and bumpy texture of sugar. Seersucker is woven in such a way that some threads bunch together, giving the fabric a wrinkled appearance in places. This feature causes the fabric to be mostly held away from the skin when worn, facilitating improved heat dissipation and air circulation. It also means that ironing is not necessary.
That's the Wikipedia answer, at least.  Wikipedia also states that, while seersucker is most commonly striped, it also comes checked, and hence we get "gingham."  Makes sense, but I think stripes work better than checks for the office.

Here are my seersucker picks:

Clockwise from top left: WearYouAre, Gap, Nine West, Charter Club, TOMS

Would you wear seersucker in the office?  How would you style it?

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