- The Washington Times - Monday, June 9, 2014

Members of Congress will trade in the drab gray and black suits for blue and white checks on Wednesday for National Seersucker Day.

Rep. Bill Cassidy, Louisiana Republican, announced Monday that National Seersucker Day would officially be reinstated, with members invited to take a picture in their summertime best following the first votes of the day on Wednesday.

“The lightweight cotton fabric with its signature ‘pucker’ has provided comfortable fashion ware during the hot summer months,” Mr. Cassidy said in a memo. “I encourage everyone to wear seersucker to commemorate this iconic American clothing.”

The tradition was halted in recent years because Congress did not think it was appropriate to do something so frivolous while the country was facing other serious issues, The Washington Post reported in 2012.

Former Sen. Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican, instituted National Seersucker Day in the late 1990s, according to the Senate’s website. The House has traditionally celebrated on Wednesdays while the Senate has worn seersucker the following day on Thursday.