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10th Commandment: May 12

Seersucker isn’t my favorite look, but it is a D.C. tradition.  If you want to wear it, please skip the treacly, candy-striper pink and go for a blue or grey stripe.  Pair it with coordinated separates instead of matching pieces to make it look chic.

Elected Official


J.Crew Puff-Sleeve Seersucker Jacket ($188, also in tall and petite)

Hill Staffer


Nine West Seersucker Jacket ($89)

Paid Intern


Merona Seersucker Jacket ($35)

Plus-size: Ralph Lauren Plus-Size Jacket ($114)



  1. Willfully Elegant says:

    I have not worn seersucker yet..never, dont even own a piece. I am tad bit skeptical to say the least, but may be the paid intern will be my first foray into this trend…

    May 12, 2014/Reply
  2. Joules says:

    I’ve never gotten into seersucker–it’s a bit too light for my skin tone. That said, that Target blazer is a great find!

    Style by Joules

    May 12, 2014/Reply
  3. gigglinggourmand says:

    I bought some seersucker trousers last year and got a fair bit of wear out of them. What’s I’d love is a smocky, short seersucker shift

    May 12, 2014/Reply
  4. GoGoGo says:

    I think it’s adorable seeing everyone in their seersucker in DC.

    One funny note though–don’t wear it on a picture day!

    A colleague wore a seersucker suit on his last day at the office and took a nice formal picture with the boss. He came out looking like he was wearing in a diamond-printed optical illusion vortex suit. Something weird happens with the stripes. You can even see it here on the models a little bit.

    May 12, 2014/Reply
  5. DB says:

    I just bought a seersucker jacket with a bluish gray stripe, but I’m stuck on how to wear it. I don’t wear white pants (terrified of stains). Could I wear it with black ankle pants? Colored pants? Would a white top work be the only option underneath?

    May 12, 2014/Reply
  6. LH says:

    Belle, but for those of us you’ve left behind in DC, could you put together a few outfits with a seersucker blazer? I bought a blue and white stripe one a few years ago, and can’t seem to figure out what to do with it other than throw it over a cobalt blue dress.

    May 12, 2014/Reply
  7. Sarah says:

    I have always LOVED seersucker! I have a seersucker skirt that’s great and a dress that’s seersucker (both in blue). Always get lots of compliments. My husband got a pair of seersucker shorts to wear to a Kentucky Derby party one year and he still wears them…

    May 12, 2014/Reply
  8. ~M says:

    I wear my blue and white J.Crew seersucker jacket with everything. Navy dress, red skirt and purple top (careful of looking too much like a flag), any solid colored pencil skirt and any solid colored top. I have yet to make it work with a pattern, but maybe someone else can. Seersucker is a must for hot weather, particularly if you have a job with outdoor working events.

    May 14, 2014/Reply