From Southern Charm To City Fresh
White bucks, a large mason jar of sweet tea and summer Sundays in the South are what seersucker suits bring to mind. That beautifully puckered, lightweight cotton suit is more than just a throwback to the days of the Great Gatsby. It’s highly functional and can unexpectedly play double-duty as a work and weekend suit.
The post features two ways to style the traditional blue & white colorway of the seersucker suit — one for the office and one for the weekend. Hopefully, it’ll inspire you to pull yours out of the closet.
Seersucker Jacket & Trousers – J.Crew | Knit Tie – Any Ivy | Light Denim Shirt – Michael Bastian | Chocolate Suede Oxford Shoes – Cobble & Hyde | Watch – Oris via Watchbox | Leather Briefcase – JW Hulme | Sunglasses – Pewpols
To answer your burning question, yes, you can wear a seersucker suit to the office. However; there a few rules to help you pull this off and not look like you’re headed to Easter Sunday Service.
- Start with tailoring. Seersucker suits are often way too boxy and wide all over. A slimmer jacket and tapered trouser will make all the difference
- Ditch the white shirt and opt for an Oxford blue or light denim version. A white shirt is too stark of a contrast
- No more light madras plaid ties. An navy or brown tie in a silk knit or texture cotton will give this look the office appeal that it needs
- Leave the white bucks for a garden party. A dark brown shoes in leather or suede, preferably an Oxford lace-up is more office appropriate
Seersucker Jacket & Trousers – J.Crew | Philly 1776 Hat – Goorin Bros | Rope Cuff – David Yurman | Petrvs Bee Ring – David Yurman | Petrvs Horse Ring – David Yurman | Sneaker – Adidas | Striped Tank – Gab | Watch – Timex |
Take It To The Streets
Even though seersucker is a casual fabric, it’s almost only styled in a formally. It’s often the summer wedding go to suit too. So, break the rules completely and pair it with the most casual items you can find — a t-shirt/tank and sneakers. Of course, we understand, this is not a rookie move — so here’s a few tips to help you execute this look:
- Start with a classic, yet, simple sneaker. A navy sneaker grounds this look and adds a subtle contrast
- Pairing a large striped t-shirt or tank is a smart way of adding dimension to the thin stripes of suit. Plus, its a cool way to add a “graphic” design without going the rock band t-shirt route
- Add a solid woven belt to break up all the stripe patterns and to complement all the textures
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM