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Seersucker and Spectators: Here Comes Summer

It's time for the changing of the fashion guard in Washington. With Memorial Day upon us we can finally trade our bankers' blue pinstripes for creamy seersucker. We can break out our black-and-white spectator shoes. I have a Panama hat that I've been waiting to screw onto my head. And a boater, though I can't always muster the courage to wear it. (I look too much like I ought to be working at Shakey's.)

The danger, of course, is that our sidewalks will start to look as if there's a Tennessee Williams summer stock festival in town. But that's a risk I'm willing to take.

People can argue about whether Washington is "really" a Southern city but if you come during the summer I think there's no doubt that it is. First of all, it's hot. That heat causes a sort of drowsiness. The torpor is underscored by the fact that Congress flees. If I had a porch, I'd sit on it and fan myself while drinking iced tea.

As it is, I'll have to settle for seersucker, a fabric that possesses the magical ability to cool the wearer and wick away moisture. It's all those little puckers, you see.

What are some other surefire signs that summer has come to Washington? Barbecue grills are dusted off? Traffic improves? Mosquitoes cause a rise in anemia? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

By John Kelly  |  May 22, 2009; 9:15 AM ET
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Are there any more Shakey'ses around for you to work in? If not, you can always join a barbershop quartet.

Posted by: staxowax | May 22, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I have a coworker who insists that the relevant day is traditional Memorial Day, May 30, not the Monday holiday.

Posted by: Epigon | May 22, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Clear sign that it's ALMOST summer: lots of school groups wearing tie-dyed t-shirts. It's the tie-dye that really makes it almost summer. Schools groups earlier in the year usually wear normal colors like bright orange or yellow.

Posted by: LoveDC2 | May 22, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I like to see a man in a seersucker suit.

Have tie-dyed t-shirts staged a comeback? I was at the Old Post Office for lunch yesterday, and it was wall-to-wall with teens wearing them. I thought they were considered 'hippie.'

Posted by: swissmiss150 | May 22, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I have a porch. You are more than welcome to come sit on the porch. I'd even offer you iced tea, lemonade, or beer!

Posted by: SAF_dc | May 22, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

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