Why Can’t You Wear White After Labor Day?

No More seersucker before Easter. Who exactly did we let to create these principles? What exactly are we doing, America? THIS HYPOCRISY Cannot STAND!

All right. With that short rant supporting us, I guess it is actually time to interact with the subject of the post. Why can not we wear white after Labor Day, and that made this choice? I love to use white. It is basic. It is simple. It goes together with all the outlandishly brilliant things that I have a tendency to match with this. Getting it away for nearly all the year appears to be especially untrue and pointless. Plus it impacts (#legalterm) the preppy group, who like to wear white using their brights. Why does it?


After a little digging, it’s not surprising that we’ve got the typical culprit to blame for this barbaric crime against preppy style. No, maybe not hipsters. And no, not goths. I do not even believe they’d hipsters or goths from the late 1800s (though a lot of men wore these hipster-looking hats). No, I am speaking about the scourge of style: older currency elitists. [/album scratch sound ]

Wait for what? Crank up the outrage system to 11, since this madras-wearing-in-December-fella is going to blow a gasket. Why on Earth would wealthy folks consign the most omnipresent color inside their own cabinets to purgatory for winter when they got to create the principles?

Turns out – according to a popular theory – which society women from the late 19th century have participated in a covert struggle with the new currency collection, and the conditions of participation permitted for fashion-warfare. As a subtle” I am much better than you,” these well-heeled top crust guerrilla fighters altered the rules on the rabble of nouveau riche attempting to join the bar. Wearing white after labor day turned into a sign of society ignorance, as just the older currency veterans understood the rules of elite culture.

If that is the actual reason I have been ridiculed for wearing light attire from the hot Southern Fall, I have many bones to pick with a few long-deceased wealthy ladies. Why not outlaw silver necklaces? Or Crocs?


Now that I have somewhat recovered from my first outrage, it is time to research another popular excuse for our long national nightmare. There were many small rules that individuals did dream up so as to annoy those from whom they wanted to disassociate themselves. However, I don’t feel this is one of these.” That sounds sensible. So what is the other explanation?

J’accuse! Click me out. Apparently, this can be much more than only a half-baked conspiracy theory (call it 3/4 baked?). In 1894, the first Monday of September was announced Labor Day, and it had been famous as the de facto end of Summer, even though it generally precedes the Autumnal Equinox by roughly 3 months. Somewhat logically, Summer vacationers shot Labor Day as a hint to pack their trendy, mild linen suits and sundresses in favor of their navies and greys that indicated functioning life in the towns. Based on Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, “There was a much clearer awareness of re-entry. You are back in town, back at college, back doing anything you are doing in the autumn –and so you’ve got a brand new wardrobe.”

Fine. I’ll accept a change in wardrobe could symbolically indicate the changing of seasons, but I don’t see how this evolved to some guidelines. Interestingly, as research indicates that these trend rules originated from the Northeast (and probably NYC), I think one crucial component may be overlooked: distance.

Perhaps you have noticed that the cupboard space? I am offering an alternate concept to each these shenanigans: I believe white was after Labor Day so people can place their Summer clothing into dry dock and save a bit of space in their minuscule New York flats, especially in Fall, even when tight sweaters and colossal coats occupy far more room than is sensible. Seriously, it is too cold. You should proceed.


After comprehensive (or semi-cursory) study, bringing all my emotional acumen to endure, I will give you one of those few coherent outlines I uttered in a court of law: Your Honor(s)this rule is idiotic.

If you would like to use white after Labor Day, use it. I understand you have white cream and jeans sleeves and winter white dresses anyhow. Own it. And additionally, if it is 80 degrees in February, and you are feeling your seersucker shorts, then break’em outside. They are the first performance material, and they are the ideal antidote to global warming.

Thank you for reading, and let’s know in the comments: can you follow the trend rules? Would you care? Are they obsolete? Talk with a friend who’d like a funny sartorial exposé!

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