4 Ways to Pull Off Ivy League Style With a Seersucker Blazer
Originated on Ivy League college campuses, the seersucker blazer can be dressed up as a full suit or used as a separate blazer and pair it with white, navy, or khaki pants.
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“Seersucker” originally means “milk and sugar”, resembling the smooth texture of milk and bumpy texture of sugar. It goes perfect with white jeans for summer.
You can also pair it with white shirt. The key is leaving 2 buttons undone to create smart casual look.
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Seersucker blazer is typically made of lightweight cotton fabric with strip or checker patterns. The dressing principal here is tonal matching since the most classic color of Seersucker is white and sky blue.
Basically you can try different tones of blue from casual to formal by using different shirts and ties. As a side note, you will never go wrong with navy blue. Darker navy blue is a sign of maturity of a man.
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For something cooler in summer, style seersucker blazer with white T-shirt and khaki chinos. The puckered texture of seersucker blazer will also allow the fabric leave space from your skin for better airflow.
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The first seersucker suit was created by Joseph Haspel in 1909 to cool down faster in summer. “The smartest cool suit…the coolest smart suit”.
Ivy League style became very popular in 1950s.
In 1957 and 1958, about 70% of all suits sold were in the “Ivy League” style.
Knitted ties is also a part of Ivy League style together with cardigan sweaters, sweater vests and khaki chino pants.
Overall Tips and advice:
◆ 3 shirts choices: white, blue, denim
(avoid patterned shirts)
◆ 3 pants choices: white jeans, navy, khaki chinos
◆ Additional: how to tell American and British style blazer.
American-style blazer is usually a 2-button single-breasted jacket with the lapel style being notch. British-style blazer normally has peak(or pointed) lapels with 3 buttons. It’s more likely to be double-breasted.