As Labor Day approaches, we all begin hearing an age old fashion rule begin making the internal voice loop in our heads!
I am sure that most of us have heard the dictum that you shouldn’t wear white before Memorial Day and after Labor Day!
“According to Darling Magazine, “The origins of this ‘rule’ stems back to the late 1800s.” Making it a pretty old rule. Darling Magazine reported that, “From a practical perspective, white is the most suitable color as it reflects the most light… In the late 1800s, however, white symbolized the class division – the rich wore white and enjoyed those three months of summer, while the work clad laborers continued on. The end of summer marked the shift back to work, the end of the vacation season, and the start of the working year, so to speak.”
“Therefore, wearing white after Labor Day became a fashion faux pas, because the higher classes adopted wearing white through summer and decided that wearing white after Labor Day – which is seen as the end of summer – was unacceptable.”- Bustle
Well, ladies, Monday, September 5th is Labor Day, and although the rule has been disregarded in some parts of the world, it is still a hard rule for us as Southern women to break! We have seen progress in this area but change is slow and sometimes hard to wear!
For example, Susie considers herself to be a fashion forward woman of a certain age, but prior to Memorial Day this year, she chose to wear white jeans with an outfit. Luck would have it that it was also a Wednesday which meant dinner at the church! She spent her entire night praying that the older ladies would not notice her infraction of the rule and point it out to her. Needless to say, the pants were noticed and commented upon! Ahh, the fashion dramas of the southern ladies!
However, the last time I checked, we are all grown, intelligent women who want to plot the course for our own destinies! So, let’s just toss this pesky rule out the door for once and all! Let’s inject the fresh and crisp white into the grey days after summer passes!
If you are not comfortable with pure white, there are several shades of near white which can be paired with white and other colors to provide a stylish and neutral look to what sometimes becomes dark and drab.
Many people wonder about the differences between the colors, white, cream and off-white. Here is an explanation about the three shades that I found helpful.
- White: Optical white is a blindingly bright white. A pair of white jeans is usually optical white.
- Off-white: This is a dirty white like the color of bone. It’s as if optical white was mixed with a spot of grey. It’s a cold color and tends to look good on people who can wear light grey close to the face.
- Cream: The color of pearls, ivory and liquid whipping cream. This tone is warmer and richer than white and off-white. It contains a hint of yellow and looks good on people who wear warm colors well.
I look forward to seeing lots of stylish women wearing white and off-white this fall and winter!!