01 July 2014

Charleston's Seersucker Parade - more!

Carolina Day - 2014, Meeting St., Charleston, S.C.
I can't resist featuring a few more pictures from the Carolina Day parade last Saturday. I do like the look. Quick - if you don't have a seersucker suit, you have until next June to get one although according to the last paragraph in the Wikipedia site below, I am a little late to the game. 

Seersucker: During the British colonial period, seersucker was a popular material in Britain's warm weather colonies like British India. When Seersucker was first introduced in the United States, it was used for a broad array of clothing items. For suits, the material was considered a mainstay of the summer wardrobe of gentlemen, especially in the South, who favored the light fabric in the high heat and humidity of the summer, especially prior to the arrival of air conditioning.
The fabric was originally worn by the poor in the U.S. until preppy undergraduate students began wearing it in the 1920s in an air of reverse snobbery.[2] Damon Runyon wrote that his new habit for wearing seersucker was "causing much confusion among my friends. They cannot decide whether I am broke or just setting a new vogue."
Seersucker is comfortable and easily washed and was the choice for the summer service uniforms of the first female United States Marines. The decision was made by Captain Anne A. Lentz, one of the first female officers selected to run the Marine Corps Women's Reserve during the Second World War.[3]
Beginning in 1996, the US Senate held a Seersucker Thursday in June, where the participants dress in traditionally Southern clothing, but the tradition was discontinued in June 2012.


Jack said...

I haven't seen so much seersucker in one place since college! Business must be brisk at Ben Silver.

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Lowandslow said...

Interesting history on the subject. And all this time I just thought it was someone who shopped at Sears. I really should get out more. ;)

William Kendall said...

Terrific portraits!

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