WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The office of Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) announced today the reinstatement of National Seersucker Day. Traditionally, House of Representatives Members wear Seersucker on Wednesdays and Senators wear it on Thursdays, but National Seersucker Day is an opportunity for everyone to participate.
Originally conceived by former United States Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) in 1996, Seersucker Day gave Congressmen an opportunity to abandon their conventional dark suits and pay homage to an American tradition of years past. Until the 1950s, United States Government buildings were without air conditioning and the members of Congress who occupied them adopted Seersucker suits as a means to stay cool during long summer days. Seersucker, a lightweight, breathable cotton fabric, was popularized in the 1930s and through the 1950s could be seen in a variety of bright summer shades throughout the halls of Congress.
In 2012, Seersucker Day was discontinued, but on June 11, Congressman Cassidy aims to bring the tradition back with National Seersucker Day. He will don his summer’s best seersucker to mark the occasion and he invites all members of Congress, as well as those not on Capitol Hill to take the opportunity to appreciate a sense of fun and camaraderie and wear the famed puckered fabric with him on National Seersucker Day.