Take that, seersucker Grinches! Just two years after the Senate allowed the quiet death of Seersucker Thursdays, a quaint tradition in which members would arrive at work wearing suits fashioned from the lightweight fabric, one congressman made it his mission to revive it.
Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has submitted a proclamation to the Congressional Record designating this Wednesday “National Seersucker Day.” Alas, no one is getting the day off work, but the occasion does encourage the wearing of festively striped garments.
House staffers and members often would wear seersucker on Wednesdays, while the Senate favored Seersucker Thursdays, a ritual started in the late 1990s by then-Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.). But the upper chamber did away with its summertime tradition in 2012, when my colleague Dana Milbank reported that leaders worried that “it would be politically unwise to be seen doing something frivolous when there’s so much conflict over major issues.”
Cassidy’s bold move, though, invites all Americans to join in the fun of wearing this “unique American fashion.” His proclamation cites Joseph Haspel, who purportedly fashioned the original seersucker suit, renowned for keeping wearers cool in steamy climes, at his New Orleans haberdashery. “As Mr. Haspel said, ‘hot is hot, no matter what you do for a living,’ seersucker clothing is now enjoyed by Americans across the country in all walks of life,” it reads.
Frivolity, it seems, is back in fashion (even if seersucker itself isn’t exactly au courant).
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