Why Not Wear White after Labor Day?

Why Not Wear White after Labor Day?

If you're like most people, you've been taught that it's not okay to wear white after Labor Day. But where did this rule come from? And is it really a rule at all? In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at the history of not wearing white after Labor Day and find out why this tradition has endured for so long. We'll also explore some alternative fashion options for keeping your wardrobe fresh well into the fall season. So read on for all the details!

The History of not wearing white after Labor Day

The “Don’t Wear White After Labor Day” rule is a salute to practicality. Prior to the advent of air conditioning, clothing choices were important when trying keep cool in summer and warm during winter months. The preference for lighter colors changed over time because they reflected light better than darker ones did which made them more elegant-looking, even at night or indoors under candlelight .

In the 19th century, the upper class started wearing white after Labor Day as a way to separate themselves from the working class.  Since the wealthy could afford to stay out of town during fall and winter, they wore brighter clothing. The well-to do liked to show off their wealth with lighter clothing like linen suits and breezy dresses made out fabrics like cotton, which breathe better than other types used back then. Those that did not have the money to travel in fall and winter had to dress according to the weather, which would get colder throughout fall and winter. This practice became socially acceptable over time. However, there is no reason today to follow this ‘rule’. Dress in what makes you feel good!

Ideas for wearing white after Labor Day

Play with colors and textures. As fall settles in, you will likely be dressing in neutral colors. But white is a timeless color that never goes out of style. It's actually perfect for winter because it brings in some warmth without being too heavy or bulky, but you can easily change up your outfit with jeans and boots at any time! When you do wear white, wear it in a slightly more textural item, such as cashmere or knits.

When the temperature drops, don't be afraid to spice up your wardrobe with bold colors. For example: a bright, multi-colored scarf is an easy way to transition from summer clothes into fall mode without changing anything else about yourself! Beige items like sweaters feel cozy but still light. Cream colors provide that subtle sophistication needed when transitioning away from warm tropical styles.  If all else fails (or you simply want something more casual) there's always black. 

You can also layer with white for fall.  You can keep using some of your summer favorites, like a white shirt or tank, by adding a jacket or vest. Dress up a white tank or top with a jean jacket and jeans, classy heels, and some jewelry and you are ready for a night out!  Conversely, if you have a white jacket, wear it over a top in jewel-toned colors to warm up your outfit.

On the more casual side, you could throw on a plaid shirt or a ‘shacket’ over any of your leggings, including white ones! Add some textured socks and booties for a cozy, stay-at-home-and-watch-TV vibe.  Layering keeps things stylish and trending, but allows you to use what you might already still have from the summer.


The bottom line is that you can most definitely wear white after Labor Day. It’s all about how you mix colors and textures together, and whether or not you dress up or down. So have fun with it!  And to help you get started, be sure to check out our latest fall items. We know you’ll find the perfect pieces to keep your style looking fresh all season long.



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