Don't Be A Sucker
Gatsby can keep his double breasted seersucker suits. We’re not playing polo and we’re not (currently) throwing a party by a mansion.
I mean, God, I would love to have Gatsby’s mansion and that closet, but let’s be realistic.
If you aren’t attending a bougie afternoon cocktail affair on a New England lawn, it’s time to think about seersucker differently. It’s not just for the dapper or the dandy. It can easily be worn in a casual and cool way.
Cool being the operative word. It’s a fabric meant for the Spring and Summer. Seersucker typically has a stripe pattern to it, but it’s defining feature is the texture. The cotton rumples up and puckers because of the way it is woven. That means it sits further away from the body and ideally you stay cooler with the extra air circulation.
…Assuming there is some sort of wind and that it’s not the seventh layer of Hell outside,
(i.e. the reason I moved away from Arizona)
cuz then nothing will save you. Even seersucker.
I found these seersucker pants in the “dress pants” section of jcrew.com, and thought
“Shut up, J.Crew, don’t tell me how to live my life.”
I understand you need categories to break things down, but pants can serve many styles and functions. One of the reasons I like their Bowery Slim Fit pant though (which these are), is the range of fabrics they come in. Yes, the lightweight wool ones are more appropriate as dress pants, but the linen, cotton and seersucker can go both ways.
Don’t let the man box you in!
My style is always somewhere in the middle of dapper and casual, so I have been wearing these pants with everything from boat shoes and tees, to short sleeve button downs and oxfords.
Today, I opted for a tank top and chambray shirt (which I quickly ditched cuz it’s too hot for layers and I REALLY need to work on that farmer’s tan).
Ever living my monochrome life, I stuck to dusty blues and teal. If I was meeting someone for drinks, I’d put my shirt back on, button it up and maybe undo a cuff or two.
Dress pants --- Casual pants. Pants aren’t binary, people.