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There are so many rules when considering white after the Labor Day holiday. Some say you shouldn’t wear white and others say ROCK IT! Here are a few tips that I found online that you may want to consider before you head out to the all white parties!

Color Restrictions

  • In the years before central air-conditioning was commonplace, white clothing was worn in summer months primarily to keep cool. These garments were not worn in later months to avoid staining white clothing with mud or slush associated with winter. Over time, this practical tradition translated into a blueprint for seasonal fashion.

    Generally, clothing should match the colors of the season. After Labor Day, when leaves begin to change color, clothing styles should shift to earthy tones to match the browns, reds and oranges of autumn leaves. One exception to this longstanding tradition includes brides, who typically wear white wedding dresses regardless of the season.

Shoe Styles

  • Summer shoe styles are not typically worn in fall and winter. This includes sandals or peep-toe shoes. Depending on your location and the geography’s corresponding fall and winter climate, the change in shoe style may occur simply for the sake of keeping feet warm. In hotter areas, this style rule is less about practicality and more about tradition.

    As Labor Day is generally regarded as the end of summer, the tradition likely reflects the end of summer play and the return to work and business attire. Shoe color is also subject to Labor Day fashion etiquette, as “white” shoes released during fall and winter are often ivory or bone shades rather than bright white.

Clothing Style

  • Summer clothing is typically lighter, not only in color but also in fabric weight. The traditional shift to heavier and less-revealing clothes also relates to changing temperatures and a return to business attire. Sleeveless blouses, shorts or sundresses are thus not often worn outside of summer months. In addition, linen, cotton and seersucker garments are replaced with suede, corduroy and wool as the seasons change.

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