Sole Story

Summer Suiting

Seersucker, alongside linen, has become the unofficial fabric of the New England summer. Breezy, breathable and lightweight, seersucker has a classy and collegiate

Seersucker’s origins greatly differ from its current preppy reputation. When it first arrived in America, the inexpensive seersucker was considered the fabric of the working class. In the 1920s, however, elite undergraduates began wearing the pauper’s seersucker ironically, a sort of sartorial commentary against their own class. Today, the fabric has secured its station as a favorite fabric for the sticky months of July and August.

For his summer look, blogger Denny Balmaceda of Look Rich, Shop Cheap taps into the originating era of seersucker with the Vince Camuto Men’s Reversible Seersucker Blazer and a summery straw boater hat, which like seersucker was on the rise at the turn of the century. The fabrication and the details’ nods to the past give Denny’s summer like a spirited appeal with a little tongue-in-cheek humor.