Seersucker anyone? Today's running of the Kentucky Derby is cause to break out more than just mint juleps, Hot Brown sandwiches and chocolate bourbon pecan pie.
It's also a reason to resurrect the seersucker suit, white bucks, and perhaps even a ribbon belt and a bow tie, especially if they haven't seen duty since the end of last summer.
Light-weight cotton seersucker (the word originates from the Persian words "sheer o shakar" meaning "milk and sugar") was popularized for use as a material for mens' suits in 1929 after newspaper editor W.O. Saunders of Elizabeth City, New Jersey wore seersucker pajamas to promote his campaign for sensible summer suits. The resulting publicity started a trend that is with us still.
The seersucker-wearing man in the photo, by the way, is Ken Herman, the Washington-based reporter for Cox News whose press conference banter with U. S. President George W. Bush last year was probably seersucker's highest profile event in several decades.
Enjoy your mint juleps.