Seersucker suits are a polarizing presence in men’s fashion. And one Show-Me State politicians has drawn a crinkle stripe in the sand.
On the one hand, seersucker is a Southern staple and is perfectly acceptable at events such as the Kentucky Derby, outdoor summer weddings, croquet tournaments and other stereotypical Southern activities.
On the other hand, too much seersucker is an assault on the eyes, and if the wearer takes himself too seriously while wearing a seersucker suit, he is an undisputed douchebag.
Missouri state Sen. Ryan McKenna feels so strongly against the seersucker suit that he has proposed a statewide ban on them for people over the age of eight.
“Any person living in this state aged 8 and under may wear seersucker suits at their leisure. Any person over the age of 8 living in this state may not wear seersucker suits because adults look ridiculous in seersucker suits,” the (handwritten) amendment to a higher education bill reads, according to the River Front Times.
McKenna explained to the Times that “Children look adorable in seersuckers. My three-year-old looks cute in that…. Adults look ridiculous.”
The senator ultimately withdrew the amendment, saying that it was not “germaine” (sic) to the higher education bill and that it was done mostly as a joke, but a joke that he was dead serious about.
According McKenna, about half of the Missouri state senate are proponents of the seersucker suit and some even coordinate to come wearing them on Wednesdays, which is like one of the rules for being in the cool group in “Mean Girls.”
“I will not be bullied by the seersucker caucus,” McKenna told the Times. “They are getting stronger by the week with their bullying tactics.”