Wearing White After Labor Day.… Fashion Faux Pas?Jules Hirst
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.