Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wearing White After Labor Day

I got dressed today headed out to work and a few hours later was staring down at the white ballet flats I had chosen to put on my feet. A thought popped in my head - "I am wearing white past labor day"! What do you think of this etiquette rule- is it a hard and fast rule for you or a rule meant to be broken?

Apparently, the origins of this "rule" are vastly unknown but many have thought it to stem from well to do city folk who summered elsewhere. This was before almost every house came pre-equipped with air conditioning and people wore light colors (resort wear) to keep them cool in the summer.

However, as far back as the 1920's the rule was broken! Coco Chanel (pictured above)made white part of fall/winter wardrobe with one of her signature white suits.

And in more recent events, Michelle Obama wore a white dress to one the inaugural ball in January 2009.

So, what is the verdict will you be wearing white or storing it away?

Here is an article about incorporating white into your fall wardrobe: http://hellobeautiful.com/style-beauty/jeanene-james/is-it-ok-to-wear-white-after-labor-day/.


  1. Well if a light whipped cream counts, yes I will be wearing it through the winter. I can no longer do an optic white, that is better left to Californians who have color to their skin and enough sun light and no iron in their water to keep their whites, really white.

  2. I am also planning to wear cream through fall/winter. I usually lean towards cream instead of white (except some shoes and cardigans) because I am so pale.