Since the dawn of time, fashion is and has been tyrannically dictated by social elitists. There are rules and regulations when it comes to what you can and can’t wear, and when you can and can’t wear it.
One of the most known rules is that you can’t wear white after Labor Day!
I’ve known about this rule since I was young. My mother would tell me to change if I was wearing white in the fall, and I would ask why. She would reply, “That’s just the way that it is.” Soon enough, I accepted that “that’s just the way it is.”
But, as I mentioned in my previous article, we are living in the 21st century, an era of self expression. White is an important color that can be added to any outfit.
So, I will answer the question, why do we abandon white after Labor Day? And, do we really have to?
After researching the subject, I found my answers from Marie Claire, in an article they stated “In the late 19th century—long before you could wear jeans to a Michelin-starred restaurant—the society ladies were engaged in an invisible battle with the nouveau riche, one that could only be won by the subtle manipulation of fashion.”
The “you can’t wear white after Labor Day” rule was created to separate the old money elitists from the new money group.
“It [was] insiders trying to keep other people out,” according to Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in an interview with Time, “and outsiders trying to climb in by proving they know the rules.”
For those who had money and could leave the city during warmer months, white was considered vacation attire. “If you look at any photograph of any city in America in the 1930s, you’ll see people in dark clothes,” Charlie Scheips, author of American Fashion, said. ” Meanwhile, white linen suits and Panama hats were considered the “look of leisure.”
Long story short, I want you to know that you do not have to abandon white after Labor Day! If it is your color- rock it! Wear what you want and wear what you love! Don’t conform to the social elitists. Conform to your style and conform to you!