Who Wore It Best? Senate Seersucker Thursday Is Back

Jul 31, 2014 2:46pm
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(Senator Roger Wicker's Office)

After a two year hiatus, the tradition of Seersucker Thursday returned to the Senate today with lawmakers donning their finest seersucker suits.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., resurrected the fashion day to stir up some bipartisan good will.

“It’s a tradition that demonstrates summer time in Washington, D.C., and also a little bit of lightheartedness which is needed and a whole lot of bipartisanship is also needed and this is a gesture towards bipartisanship,” Wicker told ABC News. “It was high time we brought it back…Seersucker is a wonderful summer fabric that was designed for the hot summer months.”

The tradition was started in the late 1990′s by former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., who wanted people to know “the Senate isn’t just a bunch of dour folks wearing dark suits and—in the case of men—red or blue ties.” In 2004, Feinstein encouraged her female colleagues to partake in the day and bought suits for each of the female senators, Wicker told ABC News.

Here’s a look at some of the senators who participated in the Senate’s Seersucker Thursday. Who do you think wore it best?

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., showed off their Southern style in full seersucker suits with ties.


Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., wore her seersucker skirt suit during a meeting with New Hampshire activists.


Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., opted for a darker colored seersucker suit, saying “I like it better than the normal one.”


Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., chose a seersucker jacket with dark colored pants instead of a traditional suit.


And Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., even took the seersucker tradition to the White House, meeting with President Obama today in her seersucker jacket.

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