Fashion Rules: No white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day

ashion Rules: No white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day?An old fashion rule states that you are not supposed to wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. Here in New Orleans, it is already getting hot outside and right now it would be a perfect time for white shirts, pants or other white accessories. We took a closer look at the fashion rule to find out how seriously it is taken nowadays.

How Did It Start

According to multiple reports, it all started in the 1930’s with the rich wearing only white in the summer. Light clothing gave the look of leisure, while dark clothing was mostly for working people. Some say the rule started because of the vacationing schedule of the elite in the early 1900’s.  Those who could afford it, would leave their homes behind and spend months at the sea or in the mountains, where they had a completely different type of wardrobe, including the light, bright white pieces most associated with the summer months. Once the summer vacations were over, the white clothes were put away.

Bottom Line

An all white look is fresh and clean during every season. And, now that the temperatures are on the rise and we are having plenty of sunshine in our forecast, you are probably ready for your spring outfits. Even though you may still run across a few relatives who would never dream of wearing white  before Memorial Day and after Labor Day (especially in the South), don’t just stare at your white pants, wear them if you feel like it. The bottom line here is: it is really up to you!

Mix your white linens or white cotton pieces with trendy colors such as choral or turquoise.  However, keep in mind, it may feel hot already, but if you are from New Orleans, you know this is only the beginning. You might want to reserve your breezy linen outfits for the heat of the summer.

If you live in a city and use public transportation regularly, or if there is rain in the forecast, you might want to be careful wearing white pants or skirts, since your fresh look may not stay that way through the entire day.

One rule you may want to adhere to- do not wear a white outfit at a Wedding unless you are the bride.

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