Summer is nearing an end, which means that you can catch us trying to squeeze in as many last-minute summertime looks as we can before saying goodbye to the season for good. To help us get the job done, we turn to our favorite fabric d’été: seersucker.
Seersucker, particularly in the South, is synonymous with summertime and the fun, light fashion that comes with it. From gentlemanly suits to skirts, shoes, and everything in between, this lightweight, unwrinklable (#bless) fabric is a favorite for all occasions.
Seersucker was invented in 1907 in Louisiana when a New Orleans merchant was searching for a fabric that was light enough to be bearable in the hot, sticky summer on the bayou. The name comes from Persian compound word “shīroshakar,” which means “milk and sugar,” a reference to the fabric’s texture. While the traditional colors of seersucker are blue and white, seersucker fabrics of all colors are available today. Case in point: these navy gingham seersucker shorts.
Since navy is a pretty universal neutral, these shorts are the base for endless permutations of cute yet smart summer looks.
This daytime outfit brings together simple pieces for a fresh look that demands to be accessorized. A white off-the-shoulder top contrasts the shorts while keeping it neutral, allowing you to accessorize with brightly colored shoes, a simple bag, and sparkly jewelry.
If you’re a fan of looking matchy-matchy (come on, you’re already wearing seersucker), then this crisp look is for you. Pair with a matching blazer and dark t-shirt for a professional, stylish and fun look that goes great with pumps and subtle jewelry.
This nautical-themed outfit is perfect for a day by the sea, even if you can’t make it all the way down to the bayou. Tucking in the striped shirt into the high-waisted shorts gives you that classic sailor look and the sense of achievement that comes with successfully mixing patterns. Pair with this classic Stella McCartney bag to keep all of your treasure tucked away.
Who doesn’t love an oversized shirt? This simple one creates a clean, professional look that is offset by the whimsical fabric shorts. Pair with layered necklaces, neutral heels and a bag complete with cutouts to add a little more texture and visual interest, and top off with some big ol’ sunglasses.
When neutrals beg for pops of color, this outfit delivers. Instead of adding more neutrals, try a bright coral top and a two-toned blazer with matching shoes. Add more color by accessorizing with a chunky necklace and a fun-colored clutch.