Today marks the Senate's sixteenth annual Seersucker Thursday, where elected officials turn out in suits, skirts and blazers made from the dapper fabric. This preppy summer tradition started back in 1996 when former senator Trent Lott of Mississippi invited colleagues on both sides of the aisle to don the summer favorite as a throwback to by-gone, pre-air conditioning days when seersucker suits were a staple in the halls of Congress. He also saw it as a way to bring a little personality to the Capitol. As Lott explains on Senate.gov, "The Senate isn’t just a bunch of dour folks wearing dark suits and—in the case of men—red or blue ties."
And it's no surprise a Southerner put seersucker on the national agenda. After all, it was New Orleanian Joseph Haspel who whipped up the world’s first seersucker suit back in 1927 at his Haspel Bros. clothing shop as a way for Southern gentleman to stay spiffy while they beat the heat in the lightweight, easy-to-wash attire.
Can we get an “aye” from all in favor of keeping this fun, decidedly Southern tradition going?
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