Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)


Question: My boyfriend and I are attending a wedding next week and if it’s warm, he says he wants to wear his seersucker suit. It’s a day wedding. I thought you weren’t supposed to wear white, linen or seersucker until after Memorial Day. Can my boyfriend wear seersucker to a wedding before Memorial Day?

Answer: You are correct in that the traditional rule is to avoid white, linen or seersucker until after Memorial Day. However, the rules have shifted and if you live in a tropical or sub-tropical climate like New Orleans, it’s OK to wear white, linen or seersucker when it’s hot. Personally, I like to avoid wearing the latter two year round and relegate it to spring and summer. (Confession: I’ve been known to wear white pants year round.) But, to each is own.



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