I found this Phaidon fashion book and Jigsaw seersucker trousers at the Oxfam just up the road from Hammersmith tube station. Wide legged, light weight and flat fitting, these are hot weather problem solvers (that's the trouser). 'Seersucker' came into English usage via a Persian word meaning 'milk and sugar.' The fabric was used in the American South to make cheap clothing for poorer people, but it attained a higher style status later when the literati and fashionistas of the 1920s began wearing it. In Britain, seersucker clothing was popular in the tropical climates of the then-British colonies. This summer staple will always put me to mind of Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the film To Kill A Mockingbird. No matter its associations, seersucker says 'summer.' And for only a fiver these trouser said 'buy me.' The Fashion Book, packed with style inspiration and a great addition to my collection, was £3 (less than a glossy magazine). If you pop into this Oxfam, be sure to have a bite to eat at nearby Blanche Eatery, freshest salads in all of West London (blancheeatery.com).
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