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ets if the shracket didn’t sell. The shracket turned out to be the Edsel of seersucker clothing. John F. Kennedy didn’t buy one, and very few people did. The shracket did not turn out to be a chapter in Profiles in Seersucker. But while the shracket was an idea whose time never came, Sidney Winston was a visionary for the modern seersucker casual look. These days seersucker is not confined to the classic look of the two-piece cotton suit worn with an Oxford cloth shirt, bow tie, white bucks, and straw boater or Panama hat. As G. Bruce Boyer has observed, “The great thing about seersucker is that you can dress it way, way up or way, way down. It is an incredibly malleable fabric.” You can wear your seersucker jacket over your button-down collar oxford cloth shirt and a R. Hanauer, Beacon Hill or High Cotton bow tie. But you can also wear it over T-shirts and blue jeans. If a young gentleman wants to wear a hat, he can opt for a seersucker cap rather than a straw hat. And the casual seersucker shoe has literally become sporty, as you can forego the white bucks, and instead wear your run-

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