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Gosa’s critique was not of seersucker per se, but of people who wear it to create a false impression of chivalry or gentility. At the end of his manifesto, Gosa confessed that he lacked the confidence to wear seersucker, and he commended those who do so with authenticity: More than anything, to wear seersucker well you have to believe in it – own it 100 percent. No hesitation; no waffling; no backpeddling … I can’t match that. So I don’t wear seersucker. I can’t pull it off, and I know I can’t … For those who sincerely sport seersucker, I salute you.

Kevin Gosa, seersucker skeptic, was absolutely right on one point: Seersucker is not for everybody and should be worn with integrity. It is for authentic, well-dressed, secure, comfortable and cool men and women. And there appear to be more of them than ever. Seersucker is no longer the exclusive fashion domain of Southern lawyers, judges, bankers and businessmen. The fabric is now being embraced by young and old, male and female, and north and south of the sweet tea line.

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