While many down South have been wearing various articles of clothing made of the lightweight and extremely fashionable fabric known as seersucker since Easter Sunday, those of you up North (as of Memorial Day) are now officially allowed to don clothing made from the ever so comfortable, light and airy, all-cotton fabric. Society tells us that it is proper only to wear seersucker from Memorial Day to Labor Day – that’s a short 101 days!
After doing a little bit of research on the history of seersucker, one will discover that the thin, striped fabric used to make clothing for spring and summer wear originally came from the Middle Eastern region of the world. The name is derived from two Persian words shir-o-shakar, which literally means milk and sugar. This was probably figuratively used as the fabric is marked by both smooth and rough stripes; thus allowing the fabric to be held away from the skin, creating better air circulation.
Now the rules or societal laws regarding when one can or cannot wear seersucker are a farce in my book. Though you would probably never catch me wearing seersucker during winter, or perhaps even Lent, I would wear it without batting an eye through the end of September. After all, the fabric was not intended to have a set period of time for when it could or could not be worn. If it’s hot out, then by all means wear seersucker.
My view of the Law is quite similar to how we determine when it is proper to wear seersucker. You see, when it was created, it had good intentions and served a purpose. But humankind started to mess with it and tried to put limitations around it in order to curtail it to their own liking. As a result of the corrupt nature of our human existence, we took something that was good and pure, and turned it into something that is so far removed from its original intention, that it became a curse rather than a blessing.
We as a society do everything in our power to try and control every single aspect of our being by manipulating the law to our liking, including something as silly and mindless as to when we should or should notwear seersucker. Thank God, through the power of Christ’s death and resurrection, that we are no longer held captive to the law (Romans 7).
By way of postscript, I am getting married on September 26 (a whole 19 days after Labor Day), and I absolutely plan on wearing my seersucker suit…