Don’t wear white after Labor Day – the golden rule of fashion. Our mothers’ carved this in our brains’ at an early age, just as their mothers’ did before that. I have honestly always hated this rule. Mostly because, I don’t believe fashion should have rules. It’s an expression of who you are and what you want to say to the world that day! With Labor Day being tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to find out the real scoop behind this bizarre rule, and to see if there is an actual good reason for it.
I did a lot of reading for this, and it turns out that the origin of this fashion faux paus actually began in the early 1900s when wearing white meant that you were wealthy enough, and fashionable enough, to buy clothing that made you sweat as little as possible in the summer heat. However, the Depression eventually came to an end, and the once-upon-a-time poor ladies began to strut their stuff in white as well. Here is where it gets good. If you were “in-the-know”, you would know that it is completely unacceptable to wear white after Labor Day. If you didn’t follow the rule, you were clearly not upper class and were new to money. WOW people! This entire rule was created by stuck up housewives who wanted to create an “in-club”, and make fun of all of the women who couldn’t be in it. How is this something that has lasted over a century?!
I say, eff those rich old stuck up ladies – WEAR ALL THE WHITE YOU WANT AFTER LABOR DAY. Here are 5 super cute ways to wear white this fall and winter. Let’s do it girls!
1. Wear white pants – pair it with a darker colored flannel top, and booties.
2. Wear a white blazer – pair it with a black or gray turtleneck and dark skinny jeans!
4. Wear a white scarf – pair it with a leather jacket and distressed skinnys!
5. Wear a white skirt – pair it with your favorite chunky sweater and over-the-knee boots!