Today is a rainy Seersucker Thursday, that tradition that began in the US Congress when members decided that once a year they’d like to add a touch of whimsy to their dress while practicing corruption and incompetence on behalf of the American people.
Pictured is an undated advertisement from Haspel, the great popularizer of seersucker. Haspel also innovated the concept of “wash-and-wear” among tailored clothing, which allowed you to throw your suit coats and trousers into the laundry along with your socks and underwear. And why stop there? Last week Fast Company reported on a new trend for clothing that doesn’t need to be washed at all — or at least very rarely.
I’ve actually been moving that direction myself, trying to wash and dry clean things as little as possible. For example, if I wear a polo shirt one day and don’t excessively perspire in it, I’ll set it aside to wear for tennis the following day. A veritable obsession with laundering seems to be a product of mid-century American affluence, and very middle class. And then there are all those chemicals we put in the wash, made by huge corporations with massive advertising budgets.
It’s probably a good idea to get accustomed to infrequent machine-washing, and to only occasional hand-washing and hang-drying. There could be an apocalyptic Great Flood in the future. That would be one way of cleaning up Congress. — CC