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Question: What is seersucker clothing?

Answer: The Kentucky Derby and Easter Sunday may be long gone, but one fashionable trademark of both traditions will remain throughout the summer—and that style staple is seersucker. This wrinkled suiting fabric has gotten a major upgrade, transcending beyond its Southern and prepster origins. No longer reserved for the Old South, mint julep and Capitol Hill crowds, anyone from anywhere can wear this trendy material.

With its vibrant striped hues in classic blue, bright yellow, orange, and a variety of other intriguing shades—seersucker is popping up everywhere. We’re talking anything from scarves and bikinis to blazers and dresses. Not only does the puckered cotton fabric keep you cool during hot and humid temperatures, but it also requires no ironing or dry cleaning. Akin to linen, seersucker can easily transition into your everyday wardrobe. Here are a few ways to show off your crinkled stripes in moderation for a comfortable and chic look this summer:

Shorts

From the beach to the backyard, an easy way to wear seersucker is via shorts. They’re the most popular and wearable choice due to their unbeatable length and color choices. From spring to late summer, seersucker shorts like these pink flat-front “Liza” seersucker shorts at Lily Pulitzer look great with a crisp white shirt or plain white tee. You can bring in more color by pairing blue and white seersucker shorts with a pink button-down.

Skirts

If you’re going to wear skirts throughout the season, why not choose one made out of seersucker for a light, fresh look? Flirty styles (like this American Apparel woven seersucker skirt) are flattering on most body types. For a more refined approach, seersucker pencil skirts are perfect for the office. Foolproof combinations are a seersucker skirt paired with just a plain cotton tank, a solid-colored blazer or a funky blouse and vintage tee. You can either wear flats or oxfords with a seersucker skirt, keeping in step with the preppy feel. You can even step it up with wedges or heels for a sexy look.

Blazers

Although seersucker blazers are typically worn by men, it doesn’t mean us girls have to be left out the loop—thanks to modern, sophisticated styles like this chic blazer by Mango. A seersucker blazer adds just the right touch and is a great piece to kick your casual style up a notch. Tailored pants or even black, blue or white jeans look great with a seersucker blazer of any color. Club Monaco’s “Jami” seersucker moto jacket is a fun, edgy way to wear the fabric with skinnies or a boyfriend jean. Whether you throw it over a navy or floral print dress or pair it with shorts or denim, a seersucker blazer is a timeless way to embrace the trend.

Capris

Your summer wardrobe will probably consist of many capri pants, and seersucker capris should be of no exception. Suitable for lounging around the house or relaxing on summer vacation, seersucker capris bridge the gap between ultra-casual and formal. Depending on how you style them, shorter capri lengths like this colorblock “Campbell” capri in double seersucker is easy to dress up or down. If you’re looking for an effortless way to style seersucker capris, vouch for a basic tee, pastel-colored button up or a light jacket.

When the sun is blazing, we’re all looking for ways to stay stylishly cool. And nothing says summer like seersucker. It’s just the right amount of fabric for an easy, breezy look. As classic as it may be, seersucker doesn’t have to be boring or old-fashioned. Incorporate this striped staple with your favorite summer pieces for an airy look that’s sure to last through flip-flop season.

So, what do you think of seersucker?