Remember that scene from Mean Girls when the Plastics strutted down the hallway as if they’d sucked every last ounce of confidence from the room? Or the scene from The Craft when the witches stroll through the lunchroom in slow-motion as if an army of Chippendale men were right behind them? Yeah, that’s the feeling I get when I’m wearing all white. Ethereal. As if I’m radiating from the nether parts of my soul. These pictures were photographed in (wait for it…) the month of December. (Gasp!) And isn’t there this fashion faux pas about not wearing white after Labor Day? Go on, clutch your pearls.
Wearing White After Labor Day: Faux Pas or Not?
I remember people generally sticking to this rule like it was one of the Ten Commandments , but it never really piqued my curiosity to look into this “rule” until now. So why exactly aren’t we supposed to wear white after Labor Day, and who’s the uptight person who came up with this nonesense? Apparently, no one really knows who came up with this rule, but most fashion experts posit that this “law” was introduced by the wealthy elitists who wanted to distinguish care-free summer colors from darker back-to-work winter colors (and of course as a way to quickly distinguish new money from old money, because old money socialites simply couldn’t be caught dead committing such a transgression as this fashion blunder).
So where does that bring us today? Fashion is this yo-yo game that cycles between evolution and regression: One day neons are in, the next day it’s neutrals, and then we’re back at neons again, and then its neutrals… See where I’m going with this? Thankfullt we’ve arrived at a point where women are more comfortable expressing their individuality through their wardrobe, and I’m sure you’ve heard some rendition of the phrase “Fashion is fleeting, style is timeless.” So, think of clothes, colors, patterns, and fabrics like pieces of a puzzle: Whether or not you choose to wear white after Labor Day (honestly, who really cares anymore?), you decide what story you want that puzzle to tell.