This is the last week of August and right before the Labor Day Holiday. I spent the majority of my life up in the DMV (D.C. – Maryland – Virginia) and being there taught me one thing – Never wear white after Labor Day. So, I made a conscious decision to make sure and wear my white denim jeans, because I did not want to be caught by the rule of not wearing white after Labor Day. Now Really!!!
Since I live in Florida now and it is always warm here – Does that mean the rule has changed? Do you wear white after Labor Day? Before answering this question myself, I decided to do some research on the subject. Where did this start? How did this fashion rule come into existence?
Sometime in the late 19th century – The society ladies were fighting to be seen. They were the ones with the subtle sense of fashion. The “You Can’t Wear White After Labor Day” rule was created so they could identify the rich from the less than rich. For those who were considered rich would leave the Fashion Capital (New York) during the summertime – all dressed in their white dresses, white linen pants, panama hats (which is all considered summer attire), and would go on vacation. These looks were also considered the “Looks of Leisure”, according to Charlie Scheips – author of American Fashion. Hmmmm
Well, a much simpler reason, is when Labor Day became a Federal Holiday in 1894, it marked the end of summer. Vacationers would pack away their breezy white dresses, linen white suits and opt in for darker colored attire.
So now do I follow my up north rule and not wear white or since I live in Florida – change my rule of thought and wear white year round. I would love to hear your thoughts…
Have a safe Labor Day,