A quick wikipedia search about seersucker revels this: "The word came into English from Hindi, which originates from the Persian words 'shir o shekar,' meaning 'milk and sugar,' probably from the resemblance of its smooth and rough stripes to the smooth surface of milk and bumpy texture of sugar."
I'm sorry, if I liked seersucker before, the etymology alone makes me love it.
Craig Cardwell bought this seersucker suit for his daughter's wedding several years ago.
"I always wanted one," he says of the suit. "This is Memphis. You wear cotton."
His wife, Margaret, is also in cotton, with this cute shirtdress.
"I love plaid," she says. "Some people might say it's a throwback to preppy, but I was wearing it before it was preppy."
Ann-Sofie Johansson's mom loves Elvis. Which is how the two Swedes ended up walking around downtown Memphis on a rainy summer evening.
Now sometimes we (and of course here I mean "I") see tourists and we think something along these lines: That is really unflattering, but I guess it's comfortable and you're a visitor to our city and you're walking around and getting on buses and eating strange foods and you're just trying to be prepared. So, okay.
But this needs no translation. Or rationalization. It's lovely.
Johansson says she usually wears jeans and a sweater, but she and her mother were going to have dinner at Flight, so she decided to wear this white cotton dress and matching sandals.
I especially like the tie in the front.
Lena Davis-Brown's husband likes to tell her that she overdresses.
"He thinks I should have on a t-shirt and shorts," she says. "For me, this is dressing down."
When we ran into her in Cooper-Young last month, she said she originally was wearing Ellen Tracy pants, a chocolate halter top, and heels to go to the Taste of Cooper-Young. Then her husband reminded her they'd be walking.
Which is how she ended up in this lovely gradient-shift Laundry maxi dress.
But we think she probably would have looked good either way.
Charming Charlie is opening its first Memphis location at the Avenue Carriage Crossing.
The retailer, founded in 2004, offers cute jewelry, scarves, and handbags (and a small amount of apparel) at what they call "guilt-free prices." Seriously, what would be more charming than that?
Sample eye candy below.
Last week, Justin and I loaded into his shiny red ark and sought refuge from one of the many storms at Automatic Slim's for Work It Wednesday.
(Seriously, if we had known it was going to be like this, we would have started a special subset of Style Sessions called "The Umbrella" and just had people with frizzy hair, high-waders, and rain boots hiding under umbrellas in the pictures. But we didn't.)
So, there we were, feeling slightly a la drowned rat, and there was Toni Laurenzi, sitting at the bar, looking as fresh and carefree as a sunny, summer day.
"It wasn't raining when I left," she explained when I asked her about her smocked Charlotte Russe halter and dark wash blue jeans from Express.
She says she was looking for comfort when she got dressed: "I was going to get dressed up, but I had a lot of errands to do."
It takes quite the outfit to work well for both running errands and going out for drinks. And this definitely works.
Chances are, if you've seen Kerry Crawford-Trisler, you've seen a very distinct accessory: the "I Love Memphis" sign she photographs people holding for the Convention and Visitors Bureau's I Love Memphis blog.
For this picture, we convinced her to put the sign away so we could see her Banana Republic jean skirt, Frye boots, and cute blouse from Sachi.
But its her glasses that are her signature accessory. She has three pairs that she rotates wearing.
"I've been wearing cat-eye glasses since I was in high school," she says. "I thought if i have to wear glasses, I should wear big glasses."
How much do you love this White House/Black Market dress? The cut is really flattering, the print is interesting, and the belt and the pockets cleverly use a reverse of the dominant pattern. Presh, right?
For Maggie Haire, it was all about the heels.
"I'm a teacher by day, so I don't wear heels," she says. "At night, it's kind of fun to live it up."
Unfortunately, we hear through our spies that Maggie is sick right now. (Like we said, she's a teacher. Are there any teachers who aren't sick right now?)
Maggie, hope you feel better soon!
Just the other day I was having this discussion with someone:
"Anthropologie has a store in Jackson, but not here? Really?"
But I hear that's changing, and that popular national retailer Anthropologie is opening up a store in Saddle Creek.
Okay, this isn't normally what we do on this blog, but ... haven't you had your fill of fashion yet this week?
The incomparable Melissa Anderson Sweazy will be signing her new book, Veiled Remarks: A Curious Compendium for the Nuptially Inclined, Thursday, September 24th at Elmwood Cemetery.
The book is supercute (and Melissa doesn't know this, but it totally matches the decor in my living room) and full of interesting wedding tidbits. Such as the six rites of a Chinese wedding or how the traditional wedding shower began. Or, my personal favorite, the Wehman Brothers guide on how to flirt with one's eyes, the dining table, a cigar, and a whip. Yes, a whip.
The signing will begin at 5 p.m. in the cemetery's chapel. Veiled Remarks is also available here.
There will also be cake.
The Flyer's annual fall fashion issue is out today, and not to brag, but it's so hot, it's criminal.
The copies are going to go so fast that if you wait to pick one up, you're going to have to steal it from somebody else.
Keep a Look Out.
The Flyer's Annual Fall Fashion issue hits the stands WEDNESDAY morning, and I can guarantee if you don't get one early, you'll have to steal one from somebody else.
Here's a sneak peek:
This week Justin and I are off in some exotic, top secret locale, shooting the Flyer's annual Fall Fashion issue.
(Which will be out on the stands September 17th. You can also get a sneak peek at the Flyer's Work It Wednesday event September 16th at Automatic Slim's.)
I would tell you where we are, but I won't, because that would ruin the surprise.
Now generally, we go out in the wilds of Memphis and find our Style Sessions participants. This week, however, the pretty people walked right through our door as part of the fashion issue casting call.
Valencia Robinson wore a cute, plaid shirt-dress from Charlotte Russe. Dresses like this are so easy for a girl on the go. You just put it on and presto! Instant outfit.
But it's the details — the tie at the waist, the little front pockets — that really make it stand out.
Robinson said she likes it for the detailing, but she also likes how comfortable it is.
"It short, so I can show off my legs," she said. "It's cool to be sexy, but I have to be comfortable, too."
"I like black a lot," says singer Marcela Pinilla. "I find it elegant and dressy no matter what you're wearing."
Her pants came from a boutique in Bangkok and the dress is from Singapore.
"I always like long tops, so sometimes I wear pants with dresses," she says.
Also, if you would like to see Pinilla's sense of style in person, she will be performing at the Levitt Shell Saturday, September 12th.
Sara Roy's job requires "dress casual." When we met her, she had just come from work and was wearing a white camisole, tan slacks, and for a burst of pattern, a scarf belt.
"I like the scarf belt because it allows me to still have some style and femininity with the standard tan slacks," she says.
Her pants are a cotton, no-wrinkle blend that flare slightly at the bottom and have a nice, wide cuff. But it's the shoes — from Sears, and with little rhinestones — and scarf that give the whole thing a kicky vibe.
Here's one of my favorite things about doing this blog: when I go up to someone in a cute outfit and explain what we're doing, and they say something like, I just bought it.
Now I also love it when they say, I've had this for years. Because that's just cool when something stands the test of time.
But when they've just gotten it, it's like we're validating their choice. And that makes them happy. Which makes me happy.
Such was the case with Stephanie Rollen. When asked about her Felecia Bella dress, she said she had gotten it that very day.
"My friend told me that everything at Felecia Bella was 60 percent off and the stuff was incredible," said Rollen.
I think this dress was a good choice; it's a flattering cut and the pattern is so vibrant.
"I got another dress, too. ... It was 60 percent off!" she explained.
Not that she needed to tell me. Honestly, at a discount like that, how could you not?