Seersucker // The Silk of the South

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So, I’m a unique Southern belle. I have the manners of a proper Alabama gal, the fashion taste of a 1950s film star, and the appetite + mindset of a Brit (thanks to my English grandmother). I truly believe that my cocktail of influences has formed me into an individual with a little bit of something from every corner and era of the world. 

However, my undying affection for seersucker most definitely stems from my Deep South roots. Seersucker will forever be the summer anthem below the Mason-Dixon Line; as posh as porcelain and sexy as silk. Every spring/summer I add a new seersucker set to my closet....and recently I found myself questioning where us Southerners get our love for the fabric? Where did seersucker originate and why do we adore it so much? 

So I did a little research.  

I love me some articles. 

And what I found was truly intriguing: 

 You see, down South (for those of you poor souls living above, say, the Kentucky state line) summers are unbearably hot, muggy, humid, and just plain miserable at times. Back in the olden days, primarily railroad workers wore the striped cloth because the puckered texture allowed them to stay cool as the fabric wasn’t so structured and air could flow more between the weave. In 1909 a suit maker in New Orleans, Louisiana decided to begin making men’s suits out of the fabric to keep them cool in the sweltering summer months. The most popular color was a dark blue and white stripe. Today, seersucker is primarily worn by women and in bright, fun colors. How interesting that railroad workers unknowingly adopted the fabric of the South over 100 years ago! 

History lesson over (because you know, us Southerners never turn down an opportunity to learn from the past).  

Let’s focus our attention to this gorgeous seersucker off the shoulder dress! I love the buttons down front and bubble sleeves. It’s originally from Zara, but I found a seller on Poshmark who has this exact dress in a small. Scoop it up here!

Look at these other amazing seersucker picks!

Are you up for indulging in seersucker this season? It can be worn in so many different ways, from church dresses to errand-running shorts to date night glam. Scroll down to see how I styled my seersucker favorite, and as always, shop the post by clicking on the "Shop" tab above or on my Like to Know It page!

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Obviously,

Olive