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rial Day.” Thomas rejects this compromise for the simple reason that like many true seersucker-wearing gentlemen, he strongly believes that you never wear a seersucker suit without white bucks. And the third school is, not surprisingly, advocated by Laurie Haspel Aronson. “Wear seersucker when it’s hot,” she declares. Jim Eikner, a noted seersucker-wearing Memphis TV personality agrees. “It is ridiculous,” he says, “for the fashion police to dictate that we have to pack up our seersucker suits and put on worsted wool on the morning after Labor Day when the temperature is still 90 degrees and the heat index is approximately the same as Ted Williams’ lifetime batting average.” But most seersucker traditionalists do not favor the whenever-it’s-hot approach. Andrew Thomas speaks for them when he says, “Christmas is 12 days for a reason. To extend Christmas before and after ruins its allure. Sure, people can listen to carols before December 25 and after January 5, but most people find this annoying and inappropriate. The same goes for wearing seersucker outside of its appropriate parameters. If there is no seersucker season, then seersucker itself is not nearly as special or as exciting.”

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