The mercury was set to climb in the high ninety’s today with a heat index from 105-110. The news anchors kept repeating the need to stay in or take many breaks, drink lots of water and of course wear light and loose clothing.
Not that I needed an excuse to wear my seersucker dress, but it is the lightest weight fabric in my wardrobe. I totally get why many a southern professional man wears a seersucker suit like a uniform from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Seersucker is quintessentially southern and having spent many decades of summers in lowcountry heat, I see it was born out of practicality as much as dapper fashion. I was curious about the history of this fabric and did a little research.
Here are some interesting facts I found:
- the little puckers in the fabric are what makes this fabric cooling. The puckers keep the fabric away from the skin which helps with heat dissipation and air circulation.
- It was used in India by the British Colonists to keep cool and in the Victorian era for wear and also for mattresses and pillow covers in hot places including the American South.
- In 1909 a New Orleans tailor was the first to fashion men’s suits out of seersucker.
I may need to expand the seersucker in my wardrobe, I can stay as cool as a cucumber while looking iconically stylish. Or at least feel a few degrees cooler while I sparkle with perspiration and hide out in the air conditioning. The heat has been a great motivator for me to work on the last few chapters of my current book project and I am now confident it will be complete before the end of July.
So stay cool my friends and if you must venture out, wear your seersucker!