The latter is somewhat trickier to navigate. Yes, nailing the summer look can be a minefield, but adding a few key pieces in breathable fabrics to your wardrobe will ensure you transition seamlessly from office to sun-soaked pub gardens in style. And the definitive functional summer fabric is seersucker. The lightweight, puckered cloth is comfortable, versatile and breezy in every sense of the word — perfect for all your warm-weather looks, no matter the dress code.
Steam locomotive driver wearing hickory stripe overalls and engineer cap. During the British colonial period , seersucker was a popular material in Britain's warm weather colonies like British India. When seersucker was first introduced in the United States, it was used for a broad array of clothing items. For suits, the material was considered a mainstay of the summer wardrobe of gentlemen , especially in the South , who favored the light fabric in the high heat and humidity of the summer, especially prior to the arrival of air conditioning. Even today, the uniforms of American Union Pacific  train drivers include "railroad stripe" caps based on those from the steam age, and some rolling stock used for freight, shunting and maintenance work is painted with blue and white "zebra stripes" to improve visibility. The decision was made by Captain Anne A. This coincided with the popularity of train sets , and films such as The Great Locomotive Chase.