Wearing White After Labor Day.… Fashion Faux Pas?

The first Mon­day in Sep­tem­ber is a hol­i­day that hon­ors all work­ers in Amer­ica also known as Labor Day.  It is the unof­fi­cial end of sum­mer and come Tues­day it is back to work, back to school, and time to put your white suites, dress, etc. away.… or is it?

The tra­di­tion  of wear­ing white between Memo­r­ial Day and Labor Day started in the early 20th cen­tury and it is spec­u­lated that white was the color of choice for the well-to-do as it was cooler to escape the sum­mer heat.  Once they returned from their vaca­tions after Labor Day they would put their white away and bring out their fall wardrobe.

In the 1920’s Coco Chanel made white a year-round sta­ple and a per­ma­nent part of her wardrobe.  In the 2004 man­ners bible “Emily Post Eti­quette” says it’s ok to wear post-summer white.

Although wear­ing white after Labor Day is no longer a “fash­ion faux pas”, I’m amazed at how many peo­ple still fol­low this tra­di­tion, myself included.