National Seersucker Day, Minty Fresh Edition

Today is National Seersucker Day, aka Seersucker Thursday, but we’re going to flashback to another day of the week, namely Monday, when J. Press hosted a shindig for David Coggins, who has a new book out called “Men And Manners.”

For the event, Squeeze’s own DCG was clad in a mint-green seersucker jacket made by Southwick for Haspel, which we hereby present for your seersucker-themed entertainment.

Michael Williams, founder of Americana-themed site A Continuous Lean, hosted the event. I hadn’t seen him in years and he was looking quite impressive since his move to Los Angeles. Not only is he married, he’s covered that boyish face with a beard worthy of a Mountain Man, complimented by longish hair and plenty of California sun in his complexion.

That’s him on the left, with Ivy Style contributor Al Castiel III over his shoulder:

Already dressed for an impending summer holiday was the delightful Enrique Crame III (yep, that two thirds, along with Al) of Fine & Dandy Shop, who’s pictured here with yours truly:

My stripes that night weren’t seersucker, but rather a grape-colored university stripe, club-collar oxford by Michael Spencer.

In the shot below I’m chatting with Julian, a grad student from Princeton who’s dug up some archival stuff for us before, and has several new finds. Stay tuned as they’ll be posting in the coming weeks.

Also on me, since someone’s bound to ask: griffin tie and silk-linen, two-button, darted, dual-exhaust “Continental” jacket by RL, Brooks belt, O’Connell’s gabardines, argyle socks and AE’s Acheson model tassel loafer. — CC

Photos provided by J. Press.

36 Comments on "National Seersucker Day, Minty Fresh Edition"

  1. Mitchell S. | June 7, 2018 at 4:49 pm | Reply

    I’m sorry, but wearing a black knit tie with green seersucker just looks wrong. Also, the pocket square doesn’t flatter the look. Seersucker is a light, casual fabric and looks good with bright colors or pastels but definitely not black.

  2. Well at least you’re sorry.

  3. Charlottesville | June 7, 2018 at 5:22 pm | Reply

    I like the look, Daniel. I have a green seersucker sport coat as well (darted, 2-button) and hope to wear it soon. The pink accent is a nice touch without going too far into TOPH territory. Grey seersucker suit from Squeeze for me today with blue Liberty print cotton tie and BB tab-collar pinpoint shirt.

  4. Trevor Jones | June 7, 2018 at 6:04 pm | Reply

    Regardless of how one thinks it looks, at last the weather to wear seersucker is finally here! ?

  5. john carlos | June 7, 2018 at 7:01 pm | Reply

    I have two seersucker suits from Brooks: grey,white and tan,white. In San Antonio the weather is such that they could be worn six months out of the year, but I don’t.

  6. DCG’s color choices are fine with me (no that he or anyone else should care) and he knows how to accessorize, but unfortunately the Southwick-for-Haspel (how did this happen? Why not buy direct from Southwick?) is proof that dimples and bumps are the result of a completely padless shoulder. “Natural” isn’t synonymous with “padless.” Especially when thin, light cloth (like seersucker) is used, some padding is essential to a smooth, rounded, natural shoulder.

    I like the candy stripe club collar.

  7. Evan Everhart | June 7, 2018 at 7:19 pm | Reply

    Great looking cast of characters! Were good times had by all? Love the green seersucker! A black knit tie won’t kill anyone! Ha! Christian, I highly appreciate yr shirt and tie combination, yet again! As for me on this warm-ish National Seersucker Day; I’m in my Oxford blue and white late 60s Brooks Brothers whipcord as I’ve gotten too fat at 32″ for my father’s 3 pc caramel and cream seersucker. Boring accessories; 1940s BB navy silk knit, navy linen socks, navy and blue matte silk paisley pocket scarf, walnut brown belt and AE Saratoga tassels. Tan straw hat with pugaree style crepe silk hatband in maroon. Oh, and a white linen BB BDC shirt. Love this “Holiday” and the weather’s hovering at 77 in Sunny So-Cal. Because everyone cares so much what I’m wearing or doing! Haha!

  8. Evan Everhart | June 7, 2018 at 7:21 pm | Reply

    On another related point; DCG,

    What are yr opinions on the shoulders of the recent run of Haspel seersuckers? Acceptable? I cant tell on my screen, are they sack cut? Thanks!

  9. Just Sayin' | June 7, 2018 at 8:21 pm | Reply

    Michael looks like Orson Welles these days.

  10. NaturalShoulder | June 7, 2018 at 9:11 pm | Reply

    DCG’s collar roll is superb.

    Christian – who made your jacket? Looks great

  11. NaturalShoulder | June 7, 2018 at 10:57 pm | Reply

    Just scrolled through rest of post and saw answer to my question.

  12. A Trad Confused | June 7, 2018 at 11:38 pm | Reply

    Looking good Billy Ray!

  13. René Lebenthal | June 8, 2018 at 3:26 am | Reply

    Daniel looks just great. Not too much, not too less.
    Especially the pink pocket square.
    I have no problem with black knit tie.
    Hey guys, a little “audace”…is all right.
    Thanks for sharing these pics Christian.
    And cheers to my friend Daniel!!

  14. Looking sharp everyone!

  15. The green seersucker jacket, black knit tie, and pocket square look fine to me. What kind of pants was the guy wearing? Summer wool, khakis, poplin?

    Cheers!

  16. Down Tradden | June 8, 2018 at 7:35 am | Reply

    The seersucker and tie are not at all offensive.

    But on a more important matter: Brian Head, what gives you the right to criticise a young man who decides to spend his money on exclusive bespoke Ivy clothing which marks him off from the crowd? What should he have done? Should he have built his wardrobe by scouring e bay and thrift shops? Should he have then photographed himself and posted on the so-called Ivy or Trad sites? Instead of discourageing him let him enjoy the uniqueness that he seems to be able to afford.

  17. I haven’t worn a club collar since I was a small child. It always reminded me of the blouses my wife and her sorority sisters wore under sweaters at college. However, I’ve been thinking about it in recent years. Now, having seen CC in his purple university stripe, I’ve decided to pull the trigger and order one from Michael Spencer. Although, likely not in purple… maybe the yellow oxford cloth.

  18. I’ve added this title to my Amazon list and will be very eager to read it. The subject is something I noticed some time ago among the various blogs and online fora I’ve looked at for the last 5-6 years. Lots of talk about looking like a “gentleman,” but that is just the small tip of the iceberg where civility and knowing how to conduct oneself pleasantly are concerned.

    Best Regards,

  19. Thomas Mukherjee | June 8, 2018 at 10:30 am | Reply

    I couldn’t agree more, Heinz. And the nice thing about this site is that on the whole the members are gentlemen and not the silly igents who parade their thrifted tweeds and worry about v. ‘Rise’ on sites that purport to talk about Ivy.

  20. @Just Sayin

    I was thinking more Robert Vaughn.

    Will

  21. @sacksuit – I see it.

  22. Old School Tie | June 8, 2018 at 10:49 am | Reply

    And……straight to comments. Getting more bitchy by the day.

  23. Michael Brady | June 8, 2018 at 11:17 am | Reply

    J&F, to me, will always mean Joseph & Feiss, the Cleveland maker of Cricketeer and Country Britches tailored clothing. Some very good people worked there, including Crit Rawlings and B.J. Cox.

    Regarding the seersucker jacket discussed above, say what you will, but that roll along the shoulder seam is troubling. Rather than affording a “natural” shoulder expression, it is betraying mediocre tailoring and cotton goods are not forgiving of bad make.

  24. @DCG

    What brand of shirt are you wearing? The collar roll is spot on, as others have mentioned.

  25. @ ATradConfused: Feeling good, Louis!

    @CC: “dual exhausts”.

    @DCG: I like the ensemble; I always found the challenge when wearing seersucker was to balance it with fairly sober accessories (in color & style), so you don’t end up looking like an ice cream vendor. Seersucker + bow tie + braces + straw boater = costume.

  26. For a suit, a subtle gray pincord is the ticket. Seersucker suits arei, in every incarnation, goofy. The wider/bolder the stripe, the goofier.

    What’s “J & F” stand for?

  27. The black knit tie/white button-down oxford combo looks great in the evening with everything except with navy blazers. It looks great here, but Christian’s sport coat steals the show.

  28. Charlottesville | June 8, 2018 at 2:47 pm | Reply

    S.E. — Say it ain’t so! While I am wearing a (blue) BB pincord today, seersucker is the gold standard for summer suits. Hopefully you will come to see the light one day.

    Christian — In one of the old seersucker posts, you are wearing an engine-turned, silver belt buckle with the initials “A C.” Was it your father’s or grandfather’s by any chance? I wish I had my father’s engine-turned buckle, but have no idea what happened to it. It would be a nice memento.

  29. @SE

    J&F stands for troll.

    Charlottesville:

    While my father’s initials are indeed AC, the engine-turned buckle I’ve had for years now is monogrammed CC, in tribute to my frequent initialed byline here.

  30. Jonathan Mitchell Taylor | June 8, 2018 at 3:43 pm | Reply

    Mr. Mukherjee,
    The right rise is hardly a trivial detail, it’s one of the most important criteria of what makes a pair of trousers Ivy or not.

  31. Charlottesville, your enthusiasm is persuasive.

    A few years ago Holland & Sherry stocked a half a dozen pincords—the stripes were tiny (1/8”?). Looks like a solid from a foot (or further) away. I stocked up. I’ll persevere with pincord while saluting the seersucker.

    BTW: A gray pincord pant compliments a summer (linen) navy blazer beautifully. Very 70s-and-80s Brooks.

  32. @DCG looking sharp. First impression, collar roll is perfect.! Well done. I’m good with the knit tie, brings some texture to the puckered seersucker fabric. However, I would have reached for my Navy knit..because I have one..

  33. Mitchell S. | June 9, 2018 at 6:18 am | Reply

    @Christian: it’s time for a troll “cleaning.” Please maintain the integrity of your website.

  34. I’ve been on it the whole time, Mitchell, but no one can keep up with someone who puts the OCD in OCBD.

  35. Evan Everhart | June 9, 2018 at 1:47 pm | Reply

    @S.E.
    Someone else has already summarily addressed this, but I’d say that padding is bot as such ever required for a good or even a perfect shoulder, unless there’s a problem with the actual conformation/structure of the wearer’s shoulder. The most sublimely perfectly soft-shouldered jacket that I own is a home made raw silk jacket with zero padding hardly any lining at all, and little to no interfacing as far as I can tell from the hand and heft of the upper chest, shoulders, and lapels and collar. Its just cut that perfectly. It was made in the 1960s by the cut. Truly a sight to behold. Cut is Everything, especially with a sack, which is a theoretically unforgiving style of jacket for an unskilled tailor while, as we all know, the most forgiving (when made by a skilled/talented tailor), to every body type.

  36. Henry Contestwinner | June 11, 2018 at 2:26 pm | Reply

    Love the green seersucker jacket. I would have chosen a navy knit tie, rather than black, but that’s personal preference: black doesn’t work for me, but it does for DCG.

    It is now the time of year when I get to pretend it’s summer, so I’ll wear my seersucker (of course), straw hats, cotton ties, summer-weight jackets, linen pants, etc.—and freeze half of the time because the highs are, as always, in the 60s.

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