“You can’t wear white after Labour Day”
We have all heard the rule, but do you know why? I scanned through some fashion and culture articles and this is what I have concluded:
In the 1920’s, a trend of well-to-do Americans leaving the city for a relaxing summer vacation in the country side became a growing trend. Leaving the busyness and complexity of the city, they opted for white and light colour fashion. White clothing not only reflected sunlight, providing a cooler clothing option, but it became defined status as well.
Labor Day (the first Monday of September) marked the traditional end of summer. This meant the well-to-do vacations would head back to the city for school, work and their normal day to day responsibilities in the city. They would exchange their white, flowy summer wear for heavier, darker-colored fall clothing. The wardrobe change was a clear indication that summer was over.
Rules are made to be broken. Nowadays, class separation is not measured by what colour you wear, it is perfectly acceptable to wear white after labour day. Trends such as “snow white” pants and all white outfits are deemed appropriate clothing options any time of the year.
For many, a concern when wearing white is keeping them white. From food to deodorant stains, wearing white can be asking for trouble. Thankfully OxiClean™ White Revive™ Powder—fabric care winner of the 2015 Best New Product Awards—is specially formulated to maintain and revive your whites.
Here are a few tips on ways you can say goodbye to “no white after Labour Day” and incorporate white into your wardrobe this fall and even into winter!
Five ways to wear white after Labour Day
- Mix and match – pair white statement piece with neutral colours like grey or tan to tone down the summer vibe for a sophisticated fall look
- Cool winter chic – stick to all white accessories like white cashmere gloves or a cable knit scarf to elevate your look as the months get colder
- Say yes to the shearling – from boots to jackets to capes, shearling makes an appearance every fall. Incorporate a pop of white in your transitional wardrobe with shearling accents
- The not-so-blue jean – to balance out the summery feel of a pair of white denim jeans, pair with a distressed leather jacket in dark brown or a tan trench over coat for a more polished look.
- Not over overalls – the 90s staple is back with a vengeance! A perfect transitional piece as the days get cooler, mix a pair of white overalls with runners and your favourite dark cropped jacket for a cool urban fall look
So who said you can’t wear white after Labour Day?