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.
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