It used to be that seersucker anything was originally worn by the poor in the Southern states of America. It was light, didn’t stick to your skin, and reflected the miserable sun and heat of those dreadful hot and humid summers in the South. Then, preppy undergraduate students in the 1920’s started wearing seersucker in the northern states, presumably an air of in-your-face snobbery that was sweeping New York City and the surrounding mid-Atlantic states. Damn Yankees.
For the modern gentleman, seersucker isn’t as much of a mainstay as you would think. Most men think that you need to have the traditional seersucker suit, otherwise you can’t justifiably wear it in separate pieces; unless you are in Charleston, South Carolina. However, I believe that seersucker is great when paired with other articles of clothing that are not seersucker. Specifically, a jacket or shirt. In a perfect world, you shouldn’t be wearing seersucker with other patterns. You want the focus to be on the seersucker, and not how many different patterns you have going on with your ensemble. This, of course, is the approach for the modern gentleman. Keeping it simple, but classic with seersucker is the right way to go.
In most of my style choices, I try to keep as much of my Spanish heritage in it as possible. With that being said, I try to keep some of the classic look, while still venturing outside the box with colors and combinations. I happen to love seersucker shorts, and pairing it with the right pieces can help you look like you know what you are doing. A crisp, white button-down shirt with a navy blue jacket is a classic, but incredibly modern look. It’s even better if you can find a stylish, slim fit blazer with classy buttons and great embroidery on the eye-hooks. This will solidify the modern approach, while still showing off your homage to yesteryear with the seersucker shorts.
A belt of color is the right way to go as well. I happen to like red accessories a lot, so I chose a red belt to help add a bit of color to the blue and white palate in the wardrobe. A pink, green, or orange belt would be great in this situation if red is not at your disposal. If nothing else, going with a standard brown belt is perfectly fine. But please, don’t go without wearing a belt. Just like a woman needs to complete her outfit with the well-chosen necklace and earrings, a man needs to treat a belt in the same regard.
For shoes, the classic look are lace-up Oxford shoes. The traditional safe and common approach is loafers or slip on shoes. I think loafers are great, but there are thousands of other men in this city wearing shorts with loafers. Especially in the suburbs – you know what I mean. Going with a lace-up shoe is classic Spain, and says you are not afraid to wear something outside the box. Take it a step further and throw on a pair of laces that compliment the color of your shoes. I found these great pair of vintage Valentino shoes a few years ago, and restored them by having them re-soled and refurbished. I added on a pair of orange and black laces to make the shoes pop a bit more to the normal eye. I love these shoes. No matter what you do though, DO NOT WEAR SOCKS!
Finally, complete the look with a classy and color-appropriate pocket square. Again, because you don’t want to clash with the seersucker shorts, choose a pocket square that is a solid color; white or a contrasting blue. Something more daring would be a floral pattern (as I chose for this ensemble), that would draw the eye next after your seersucker. Seersucker pants would be just as great with the choices I talked about above; but seersucker shorts is daring. Really daring. After all, aren’t we trying to make you more of a modern man?
Let me know what you think in the comment section, and please don’t hesitate to ask any questions!
Also, in case you were wondering what the heck happened to my legs and why they are so bruised. It’s from YEARS of playing soccer, and getting kicked and stepped on all over my legs.