The PJ Tatler

Seersucker Day Returns to Capitol Hill


The tradition of Seersucker Thursdays in the Senate was resurrected by Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) in 1996 and discontinued in 2012. In the House, it was Seersucker Wednesdays. Now, with a slate of pressing legislation to get to before the August recess, members in the lower chamber are focusing on bringing mint julep fashion back into style.

Seersucker Day returns on Wednesday, with members planning on gathering after the first series of votes for a group photo.

“In celebration and appreciation of seersucker manufacturers and admirers around the country, I extend a Happy Seersucker Day,” reads the proclamation submitted by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who is attempting to oust Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in the fall. “With a rich history dating back to 1909, seersucker clothing is a unique American fashion. The original seersucker suit was designed by Joseph Haspel at his Broad Street facility in New Orleans and has been enjoyed since by many Americans.”

“The lightweight cotton fabric with its signature ‘pucker’ has provided comfortable fashion wear during the hot summer months. 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. In the late 1990s, Seersucker Day was established to honor this unique American fashion. I wish to restart this tradition by designating Wednesday, June 11th as National Seersucker Day. I encourage everyone to wear seersucker to commemorate this iconic American clothing.”