US Labor Day was on Monday 7th September 2015 and to many this has been the time to pack away your white clothing. But why pack away something that looks great on you, especially when the summer is still going on strong. Let’s answer the question that my clients often ask:
Can you wear white after Labor Day?
History behind “No White After Labor Day”-style rule
The grand house of American etiquette, The Emily Post Institute in Vermont gives us a historical insight to this style rule.
“Back in Emily’s day—the nineteen 00s, 10s and 20s—the summer season was bracketed by Memorial Day and Labor Day. Society flocked en masse from town house to seaside “cottage” or mountain “cabin” to escape the heat.
City clothes were left behind in exchange for lighter, whiter, summer costumes. Come fall and the return to the city, summer clothes were put away and more formal city clothes donned once more.
It was an age when there was a dress code for practically every occasion, and the signal to mark the change between summer resort clothes and clothing worn for the rest of the year was encapsulated in the dictum “No white after Labor Day.” And it stuck.”
– Emily Post Insitute
What fashion editors have to say
“The age-old adage advising not to wear white after Labor Day has never looked as wrong as it does for Fall 2015.”
-Steff Yotka for Vogue
“Whoever decided that white was unacceptable after Labor Day clearly never experienced the coziness of an alabaster-colored cashmere knit on a crisp fall day or the luxe feel of buttery leather leggings in the softest shade of cream.”
–for Harper’s Bazaar
White looks to wear after Labor Day
I have created you four wearable white looks to wear this season in the office and beyond. All looks can be pinned from this Pinterest board.
Did I convince you to wear white all year round? In case I did, it’s time to stock up on Vanish.
Happy shopping and enjoy your well earned weekend!
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