Seersucker: The Simply Summer Material!

Seersucker is a fun word for a fun material. With summer on the horizon, seersucker is a perfect, lightweight, easily washable fabric that wears well in hot temperatures.

Seersucker is a thin, puckered, all-cotton fabric, commonly striped or checkered, used to make clothing for spring and summer wear (although if you prefer, you can certainly wear seersucker material in fall and winter months as well)! Common items of clothing made from seersucker include suits, shorts, shirts and robes. The most noted colors are white and blue, however, seersucker is produced in a wide variety of colors, usually alternating colored stripes and puckered white stripes slightly wider than pin stripes.

Seersucker material is a fabric that is popular with both men’s and women’s clothing. Seersucker men’s suits are lightweight, fun and fiercely fashionable!

Dare to be a dashing, debonair dude in pink seersucker!



Seersucker Fun Fact:  The word seersucker came into English from Hindustani (Urdu and Hindi), which originates from the words “kheer aur shakkar”, meaning “milk and sugar”, from the fabric’s resemblance of smooth and rough stripes to the smooth texture of milk and the bumpy texture of sugar!

During the British colonial period, seersucker was a popular material in Britain’s warm weather colonies like British India. When seersucker was first introduced in the United States, the material was used for a broad array of clothing items.

Seersucker was originally worn by the poor in the United States, until preppy undergraduate students began wearing the comfortable fabric in the 1920s, as a snobbish reversal trend.


Seersucker is woven in such a way that some threads bunch together, giving the fabric a wrinkled appearance in places. This feature causes the material to be mostly held away from the skin when worn, facilitating heat dissipation and air circulation.

Built in air conditioning!


Seersucker is a common material found in children’s clothing and accessory items. Seersucker beautiful, bouncing babies!



Tips for Wearing Seersucker Well:

  1. Wear light colored, line free underwear!
  2. Don’t over accessorize, since seersucker is a simple yet already textured fabric.
  3. Seersucker clothing should fit somewhat loosely on the body, not skin tight.
  4. Choose colors that highlight your skin tone.
  5. Mixing and matching the seersucker fabric with other materials creates a nice contrasting image (silk blouse with seersucker shorts, cotton blouse under a seersucker blazer, etc.).

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Seersucker material is comfortable, cute and doesn’t need ironing!

Seersucker Fun Fact:  This easily washed fabric was the choice for summer service uniforms by the first females in the United States Marine Corp! This decision was made by Captain Anne A. Lentz, one of the first women officers selected to run the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve during the Second World War!


Seersucker is made by slack-tension weave. The threads are wound tightly onto the two warp beams in groups of 10 and 16 for a narrow stripe. The crinkle stripe may have slightly larger yarns to enhance the crinkle. The stripes are always in the warp direction and ongrain.

Pretty up your pooch in slimming seersucker!


Today, seersucker is produced by a limited number of manufacturers. It is a low-profit, high-cost item because of the material’s slow weaving speed.  Seersuckers are made in plain colors, stripes, plaids and checks (gingham) and prints. Seersucker is also used in curtains and summer suiting, dresses and sportswear!

The summer splendor of shimmering seersucker!


Seersucker your way into fabulous high fashion!

Seersucker: the simply summer material!

Sassy, sexy and splashing in seersucker!

Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of detective work and her fashion fetish into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website at, her author/fashion/style blog, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.


About authornancymangano

Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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