Do you fear the fashion police? Do you stick to fashion rules? You know, the rules about matching your purse and shoe color or perhaps matching your lipstick and nail polish color? LOL! I used to think that these were real rules that I shouldn’t be breaking or I’d get funny looks from strangers. I’m talking a very long time ago… Nowadays I mostly wear whatever I want. There is one rule however, that I still stick to no matter how hard I try to break it. It’s the white rule. It’s something that’s ingrained in my brain. I can’t seem to get over it.
Even though it’s still hot in Texas in September, and wearing white might make sense to most people, I simply cannot do it myself. Labor Day is the official last day for wearing white on the lower half of my body, i.e. shoes and pants. Those items won’t come out of my closet until Memorial Day, which is at the end of May.
Fun fact about Labor Day clothing etiquette :
Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, and society eventually adopted it as the natural endpoint for summer fashion. If you wanted to be appropriately attired you just did not wear white clothing between Labor Day and Memorial Day. While no one is completely sure exactly when or why this fashion rule came into effect, the best guess is that it had to do with snobbery in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Here’s a list of additional fashion rules that are being broken more often than not these days. I know that I break each of these on a daily basis and I don’t feel a bit of guilt about doing so.
- Always match your shoes, purse, and belt
- Never mix black and navy or black and brown
- Don’t mix the metal colors of your jewelry
- Save red lipstick for evening
So with this post I’m bidding farewell to my white pants. Tonight I will move every pair to the top hanging rack in my closet. See you in May!
Do you follow this fashion rule? I’d be curious to know how many stick to this “no white after Labor Day rule” and how many of you think it’s (I’m) crazy!