Seersucker, sounds like a lethal Amazonian bug of Indiana Jones proportions doesn’t it? I only discovered the other day that this was in fact the name of the relaxed crinkled material, often toothpaste blue and white, beloved of the louche on the French Riviera. Apparently the word ‘seersucker’ comes from the Persian phrase “shir o shaker” meaning “milk and sugar.” The name is a reference to the nature of the fabric’s texture, both smooth and rough at the same time i.e. the smooth texture of milk and the rougher texture of sugar. It is lightweight and cool, so let’s hope we have the weather to match!
I have a feeling, and hope, this Summer seersucker will be THE men’s material. My top picks are the stretch Bermudas from Falconnable, Richard James’ blazer and Burberry’s short sleeved shirt. It is best worn (in my opinion) with simple relaxed pieces and an attitude to match, to jazz the look up team it with contrasting, bright block separates-drunk with iced drinks on a yacht in the sun preferable.