Who Made Up This Silly Rule, Anyway?
For those of us old enough to recall good 'ole Emily Post, we remember that she was the mouthpiece of etiquette, manners and social grace. Although she was not the genius who came up with the "no white after Labor Day" rule, she's probably been blamed for it every year since her death in 1960.
The real culprits to blame could be the hoity-toity aristocrats from the early 1900's who wanted to distinguish themselves from their servants who always wore black.
Or perhaps it was the fashion editors from Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan or Vogue that turned the trend at end of the season upside down by publishing these silly little late summer rules.
The truth is...if you're in the office the day after Labor Day and it's 99 degrees inside and out, what else are you going to wear?
Guidelines (Not Rules) for Wearing White After Labor Day.
Comfort has it's standards. Wearing white after September 8th does come with a few simple guidelines:
- Blazers- If you're going to wear a white jacket, try pairing it with black slacks and a colorful top that doesn't have white in it.
- White Shoes -Forget it. Don't do it. Absolutely not.
- White Slacks - White slacks seem to be bit more acceptable among the fashion friendly. You can certainly pull it off by selecting a top that's off white or of a heavier fabric. It's often not the color that matters, but the texture of the garment.