Seersucker fabric is a puckered material that alternates between smooth and wrinkled cloth in striped or checked patterns. The word seersucker comes from the Persian description of milk and sugar, the smooth and rough side-by-side resembling the texture pattern of the fabric.
Originally woven with wide pure silk and cotton stripes, the wrinkled texture only appeared after washing, but it is now created using a thread tension, intended warp. It’s unique style of weave creates a wavy surface which leaves more room for airflow between the suit and the body making it ideal for hot weather wear. The weave also adds to the materials high level of durability and makes it extremely hard to tear due to its unusually high density.
The most popular form of seersucker suit worn today is the traditional, thin, blue and white striped pattern but it is also often seen in lighter, summery colours such as pink, purple, green and yellow as well. The material is generally made from 100% cotton where some threads are set tighter than others to create the permanent shape and texture, commonly referred to as slack-tension weave.
Due to its intended, textured nature, seersucker suits are often casual, hot weather suits. Many people choose to take them on their holidays because of their no-wrinkles quality and suitability for a range of warm climates, but they are also the perfect suit to wear to garden parties, outdoor events or to less formal occasions where it might be too humid for a traditional woollen suit. Not only are they incredible for their functionality, but seersucker suits are also the best way to dress casually with a high society feel.
They are a known outfit for prominent country-club goers and for those who enjoy dressing for affluence. In 1996, Senator Trent Lott introduced ‘seersucker Thursday’ for the U.S. Congress which lasted for 16 years. A perfect example of the casually opulent associations of the seersucker suit.
If you are looking for a traditional blue and white stripe seersucker suit, a fabric like Caccioppoli's 100% cotton 310253 is a fantastic option. To go for something a little bit more neutral, a beige or light brown mini stripe such as S10013 by Solbiati is perfect, but to do seersucker differently and go for a darker base check fabric, S10001 is a great choice.