Is It OK to Wear White After Labor Day? YES!

I grew up with the rule that you don’t wear white after Labor Day and I know many women who still adhere to this arbitrary fashion “rule”.   Let me tell you why I no longer do.

First, I live in Austin, which is in a humid, sub-tropical climate zone.   What that means is it’s muggy and HOT.  Even though this summer we’ve suffered abnormally high temperatures, our summer weather starts at the end of April and extends through September, sometimes into October.  Think I’m going to voluntarily give up light-colored, lightweight clothes because of some date on a calendar? Not a chance.

Second, many designers use winter whites in their collections.  Winter whites are creamier versions of white, like ivory, and are usually seen in fabrics appropriate to winter weather – cable knits, wool, tweeds, etc.  Winter white coats are especially chic and elegant.  I wouldn’t wear one to go the grocery store, but to dinner or an evening wedding?  Absolutely.

Third, SAYS WHO?!  After an in-depth, 5-minute Google search, I discovered the ban on white after Labor Day began as one of those quaint rules of etiquette in the early- to mid-20th century.  The purpose is speculated to have been avoiding getting snow and mud on white clothing, which was difficult to clean.  But modern science has given us very effective detergents and washing machines.  And dry cleaners.

Use common sense – white, linen pants when it’s raining and 30F wouldn’t be especially wise – but wear what you want to wear, when you want to wear it, even if it’s white.  The only “rule” to be concerned about is that it looks fabulous on you!

Are you wearing white now that Labor Day is behind us?  If not, why?


About Felicia Biggins

I'm a fashion blogger and owner of The New Black, a personal styling business, in Austin TX. Follow me on Twitter: @fbigg.
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