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This Sunday is Fun Day

(Photo: Reggie Darling)

Easter Sunday is two days away and the question I get asked more than any other is this: “can I wear seersucker for Easter Sunday? Poplin? Bucks?”

Yes and no.

There are the diehards who will insist that we are too far north in Central Virginia for it to be seersucker weather until Memorial Day, when we break out our summer clothing. That said, my stance has always been, if it’s hot enough, wear whatever makes you comfortable.

Not sure of my logic, I checked with a truly Southern Gentleman, The Architect, who contends that if you are from the Deep South, you are accustomed to breaking out your summer wardrobe after Easter. Linen, seersucker, white bucks, it is all fair game. Why? Because it is hot enough. So. it really is about where you are from, and not where you are. Local custom dictates that we in Richmond, don’t wear white bucks, spectator shoes, white linen, seersucker or madras until Memorial Day.

Regardless, it is a fine time to justify a little peacockery, as the subject of Mr. Mort’s photo above shows. We tend to do more of a colorful thing here. Salmon pink ties, lime green bows, lavender sport coats and the like are not unusual to see. We do go nicely with the Easter eggs.

5 thoughts on “This Sunday is Fun Day

  1. I was told by my father years ago that in the Deep South,Easter was the kick off for wearing white, madras, seersucker etc. Down here in San Antonio it will be in the 80’s on Easter, I will be wearing a seersucker suit, madras bow tie and white bucks. By August when it’s in the 100’s we will probably wearing loincloths, do you know if Brooks Brothers or J. Press makes a seersucker or linen loincloth ? Talk about dressing traditionally, might be an untapped market.

  2. I’ll be wearing pretty bright colors tomorrow. Given how hot it is here in Texas, as far as I am concerned, it is definitely seersucker weather.

  3. Herr Doktor has been giving this some thought (between rounds and surgeries, of course). To my own mind, Easter is a Movable Feast, so weather and dates vary. And personally, I think May 31 is too late (along with it being a Yankee diktat). May 1 is too ‘Workers vs. Capital’. So I hereby propose April 30 as the day for everyone to pullout linen, seersucker, madras and white. It’s warm enough throughout the Continental U.S. and puts sectional rivalries to rest. And best of all, nothing extraordinary happened on April 30; it’s objectionable to no one.

  4. Hello Easy, I love the stripes on stripe look of the jacket, shirt, and bowtie. Very smart, indeed. And what a pleasure it was to see my old trusty bucks here, thank you! Reggie

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