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The Go To Hell Blazer: For those who aren’t a huge fan of trousers in bright colors, you can always express some GTH flair with a vibrantly colored blazer. Just make sure to keep everything else in the outfit simple (like khakis or a repp, knit, or solid tie) to let the jacket ‘pop’ and not blind everyone with an explosive bombardment of color.

(Photos from Social Primer, Unabashedly Prep, Dapper Van, and preppybythegraceofgod)

Seersucker: A Southern Prep Staple

As a guy who was raised in the South, I’m a pretty big advocate of the fabric. It’s arguably the most versatile fabric out there, acting like air-conditioning, pulling the heat away from your body. I can even recall a pretty heated debate during my prep school days in english class one day about the no white/seersucker after Labor Day rule. Even our teacher got into it (her being a very proper Southern lady herself), stating that the rule was dated and meant to be broken. In that respect, I side with her. I believe Easter officially kicks off seersucker season in the South (and everywhere else at Memorial Day), and it should be worn until the temperature starts to drop (which in some places South of the Mason-Dixon is early-mid October). While wearing a full seersucker suit complete with suspenders and white bucks screams southern lawyer (I’m actually a fan of the look and have seen it done many times), I tend to opt for a seersucker sport coat or trousers as separates, often paired with a pair of Go to Hell pants or a simple oxford shirt. For more dressy occasions, a spread collar dress shirt works well too. As far as footwear with a seersucker suit or trousers goes, I always go for Gucci horse bit loafers (which most prep purists tend to state never goes with seersucker) or a pair of saddle oxfords. More of a New Englander style practice would be wearing black captoe oxford shoes or tassel loafers. My old man tends to rock that look (being a Northerner himself) whenever he wears seersucker. When dealing with belts, simple is generally better, though a pop of color of a grosgrain ribbon belt never hurts. Needlepoint or surcingle belts work great too.

(Pictured: My thrifted Ralph Lauren seersucker blazer, made in the USA)