Today’s post was written by Kristen Moore, Twist Boutique.
Like you, I love summer for so many various reasons. But I must admit, one of my reasons involves wearing seersucker. My love for seersucker is no secret. In fact, after attending the Kentucky Derby in 2010 and wanting to wear a seersucker dress I felt appropriate for the occasion and not finding one, I designed one. More than just wanting a stylish dress, I have always been intrigued by the history of seersucker fabric. As you may know, the way we think of seersucker fabric changed in 1909 when Joseph Haspel Sr. an entrepreneur from New Orleans, Louisiana transformed a then-pedestrian puckered cotton cloth into lightweight, tailored Southern suits. His idea took off amid humid Southern summers, and the classic seersucker suit began appearing on U.S. Presidents and Hollywood actors. In the 1960s, women’s seersucker clothing began to emerge, becoming the ideal summer wear for outdoor weddings and gatherings. The soft cotton was not only breathable and wrinkle-resistant, but also provided a colorful and stylish option.
In the late 1990’s, U.S. Senator Trent Lott started a National Seersucker Day bringing this summer traditionally Southern staple into the halls of Congress – a day when heavy, dark suits were traded in for intricately tailored seersucker suits. Senator Bill Cassady took over the tradition from Sen. Lott and designates the first Thursday in June – this year it was Thursday, June 8th. We think seersucker is a great all Summer fabric & look forward to wearing it all season long! #nationalseersuckerday
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