Happy Labor Day everyone! According to Wikapedia:
Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. The holiday is also a federal holiday.
I grew up with the notion that Labor day is also the last week-end to wear white (fashionably) until Memorial Day. I don’t think that is as true as it was years ago, but with that said…..I’m wearing my white pants today and packing them up tomorrow! Let’s see what people are saying on web.
(Scott Christian) In the musty old days of strict fashion rules, wearing white was considered a post-Labor Day no-no. But then again, black was once only proper for mourning, and denim was only acceptable if you were mining for gold. Or maybe repairing someone’s carriage. And good luck enforcing those rules today. The point is, times have changed. And with them, the antiquated notion that you can’t wear white after Labor Day. The truth is, even if your name isn’t Tom Wolfe, you can wear white any damn time of year you want.
And the the other side of the coin…
Wearing white in the summer makes sense. Desert peoples have known for thousands of years that white clothing seems to keep you a little bit cooler than other colors. But wearing white onlyduring the summer? While no one is completely sure exactly when or why this fashion rule came into effect, our best guess is that it had to do with snobbery in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The wives of the super-rich ruled high society with an iron fist after the Civil War. As more and more people became millionaires, though, it was difficult to tell the difference between respectable old money families and those who only had vulgar new money. By the 1880s, in order to tell who was acceptable and who wasn’t, the women who were already “in” felt it necessary to create dozens of fashion rules that everyone in the know had to follow. That way, if a woman showed up at the opera in a dress that cost more than most Americans made in a year, but it had the wrong sleeve length, other women would know not to give her the time of day.
Not wearing white outside the summer months was another one of these silly rules. White was for weddings and resort wear, not dinner parties in the fall. Of course it could get extremely hot in September, and wearing white might make the most sense, but if you wanted to be appropriately attired you just did not do it. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, and society eventually adopted it as the natural endpoint for summer fashion.
So, bottom line, wear what makes you feel good!