Why You Really Shouldn’t Wear White After Labor Day

Like texting in a cinema or standing on the left side of an escalator, there are some things that we just shouldn’t do. Etiquette is here to help us, not hurt us, and to live in a civilized society, we must all follow these rules. So when you’re told to stop wearing white after Labor Day, just stop wearing white. Pack up those ivory lace dresses, whitewash jeans, and eggshell skirts with your bikinis and sandals, placed on a shelf to wait for next May to roll around. The time of summertime whites has come and gone.

Wearing white after Labor Day is a sign of gaucherie; those who continue to do so are no better than women who showed their ankles beneath their flapper dresses in the 1920s. There are a plethora of theories as to why white can’t be worn after Labor Day, the most agreed upon being that “back in the day,” the upper class viewed the summertime, airy white color in line with leisurewear and agreed that it had no place in an attire once worktime started again in the fall. Labor Day marks the end of summer, and white is the undeniable color of summer wardrobes, and thus white doesn’t follow us after summer.

White works well in the summertime, because for one thing, it’s an airy, breathable color. It doesn’t weigh down as heavily or attract as much heat as darker colors. And, it’s great for showing off a summer glow. Can you imagine wearing white in the winter when we’re all pale? It’ll just make you look more pale. If you think about it, white really isn’t a practical color to wear. One spill and you’re done.

If you haven’t caught on already, this is a joke. Fashion “rules” all stemmed from yesteryear’s love of propriety and making things wrong. If Crocs are fashionable and all the it-girls are wearing fanny packs and dad sneakers, why would anyone care if you wear white after Labor Day?

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wear White After Labor Day

Because it looks sleek in jackets and coats


Notch-lapel belted satin trench coat

$2,639 $700


Bristol Shrunken Leather Jacket



Frosted-PVC sculpted hand-buckle trench coat

$1,128 $499

Because a pair of white boots will add a nice contrast to any look


Ulana Knee High Boot, Size 10 M - White



Ugg 'Sienna' Rain Boot, Size 5 M - White



Petra Open Side Bootie, Size 4 M - White


Because white sweaters look just a bit *too* cozy


The Matteo Sweater



Cableknit Sweater



Boatneck Pullover Sweater

$395 $157.99

Because all year round white is overly convenient


Girocollo T-Shirt




$149 $95


'Medium Mercer' Pebbled Leather Tote - Grey


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