Seersucker style guide

The June 4th Seersucker Social is right around the corner; it’s time to get your garden party getup together! Not sure what to wear? Here are a few tips for the classy quaintrelle:

The Basics

If you aren’t sold on seersucker, or simply don’t have any on hand, look for pieces made from traditional summer fabrics like gingham, linen, chiffon and cotton eyelet. While black is always chic in New York, it’s a no-no at a proper garden party. Stick with brights, whites, and pastels.

The Look

This isn’t a Hampton’s golf club mixer. There’s more than one way to be a retro-forward fashionista. Think 60’s garden party a là Mad Men, the fashionable flappers of The Great Gatsby, Kentucky Derby southern belles, and Victorian-inspired boyish prep.

Head to Toe

A proper topper is a must! You don’t need an invite to the royal wedding to rock some seriously stylish headwear. Here are a few examples from last year:

You can find inexpensive fascinators at Forever 21 or make one yourself using this how-to guide.

The floral cartwheel hat (far left below) and 1950′s waffle pique hat (below middle) are available at Uesa Goods, or by appointment with Uesa, who houses her fabulous vintage collection in her home in Capitol Hill. The Seersucker cloche hat (3rd from left) was found on Etsy.

If you wilt like a delicate flower in the hot sun, consider a colorful parasol. Stand out while standing under red battenberg lace (far left), or look sweet as a Georgia Peach with a ruffled peach parasol from Etsy.

Step out in style with a classic pair of two-tone oxfords, or these spiffy spectator pumps.

Finishing Touches

Look for accessories that incorporate seersucker and other summer fabrics. If a Kate Spade seersucker handbag isn’t in your budget, check Etsy for creative items like this handmade sash and flower applique.

Finish off your look with bright lips, a pair of lace tea gloves (a lady always protects her hands), and a few strands of pearls. You can find all of the above and more at local vintage and resale shops like Polly Sue’s and Moonshadow in Takoma Park;  Junction, Ginger Root Design, Dr. K Vintage, and Rock it Again on U Street; and Goodwood and Treasury on 14th.

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