Show Your Stripes
With temperatures rising, seersucker season is fast heating up. The word seersucker derives from a Hindu corruption of the Persian phrase “shir sakkar,” meaning “milk and sugar.” The fabric’s slack-tension weaving leaves half its stripes smooth as milk, the others lumpy as sugar, creating pockets of cool air that are perfect for battling New Orleans’ high humidity. Perlis (p. 30) and Rubenstein’s (p. 30) are the local standard-bearers for seersucker suits, while the nationally acclaimed, locally made Jolie & Elizabeth line of women’s seersucker is found at Hattie Sparks (p. 29). For the tiny trendsetter, NOLA Kids (p. 32) offers seersucker hats, sundresses, jumpers and shorts sets.