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In Praise of the Seersucker Blazer

In Praise of the Seersucker Blazer: Photography by Joseph Shin

Photography by Joseph Shin

Long before we had Lycra and other fabrics designed to wick away sweat, there was seersucker, which had the added benefit of actually looking cool. The puckered cotton weave was found to speed evaporation, making it the preferred fabric of British officers in India and Southern gentlemen. New jacket styles are ready to be dressed down for a hot night on the town. Here’s how to wear it.

1. GO CASUAL
Keep cool and casual with a dapper Haspel blue oxford ($195).

2. REACH THE PEAK
The peak lapels on this Haspel jacket ($695) draw the eye up and outward and make your shoulders look broader. Haspel knows what it’s doing; it was the first company to produce seersucker suits in the U.S.

3. BE SQUARE
If you’re going to dress it up, use a pocket square that’s the same color as your shirt.

4. GET WAISTED
Haspel teamed with New York fashion firm Shipley & Halmos to modernize and slim down its line. The trimmer waist is flattering to most body types.

5. DOUBLE DOWN
Double-breasted jackets are making a comeback. A seersucker DB is doubly dashing.

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