August 23, 2010

15 Days of Linen


I know everybody doesn’t adhere to the strict fashion rules we follow down in the sweet south. Some folks even go as far to say we’re ridiculous for putting such sartorial restrictions on ourselves, but it’s how I was raised, so there. The particular rule to which I’m referring maintains no linen after Labor Day. Linen is a lightweight fabric that signifies summer and since we like to think of Labor Day as summer’s unofficial end, it marks the end of wearing linen. Now I might bend a tiny bit and wear darker linen through the month of September, but not light linen and definitely not seersucker. I would say the only exceptions to this rule are if you live in Key West, but actually doesn’t everyone in Key West wear whatever he darn well pleases anyway? Seeing as it’s only 15 days until Labor Day, I have decided to wear all my linen as much as possible during now and then.

white shoes make your feet look fat

You might be thinking about the ‘other’ rule we follow in the south about not wearing white shoes after Labor Day. I happen to play the trump card that says white shoes make your feet look fat and prefer to avoid wearing them anytime of the year. Basically I can count on my feet to look slender as my ace in the hole…and just can’t risk the alternative. This is me. Please don’t take offense. But if you do wear white shoes after Labor Day, I will totally call you out. Even if not to your face.  So yeah…wearing linen and enjoying the next 15 days. What do the next 15 days hold for you my dears? Can’t wait to hear about it!


  1. This was the same rule in my family (in the Midwest), but I completely agree on the whole white-shoes-make-your-feet-look-fat thing. I cannot remember the last time I wore any. Maybe elementary school?

    As for me, the next 15 days are our countdown to SPRING! Spring officially starts September 1st here in New Zealand, so that's in the not-too-distant future :-)

  2. I do agree with the rules, even though I live pretty darned close to the beach. It does cause me some perplexedness (is that a word?) when it is still 90 degrees into September but Labor Day is the cut off!!! Period.

    Now, white shoes...I just generally don't do either - the exception being being white flip-flops. My daughter actually had to have a pair of white shoes for a sorority thing last night and we looked high and low for a pair this weekend when she came home and there weren't anything like what she needed. She resorted to an old pair of white sling backs! No white shoes just don't do it for me.

  3. White shoes are ick!! Don't forget to put away the linen household softgoods either. Its time to get your home ready for the chill of winter. Launder or dry-clean linens according to appropriateness and store in airtight containers. Give your winter softgoods a nice airing and make sure they are clean and pressed prior to use!- OK I have been reading my Happy Living book too much!

  4. I don't even own white shoes. Anything 'd wear them with looks sooo much with a nude heel so why bother?

    As linen after labor day? Absolutely not. It helps that I'm from the Northeast and it starts to smell like sweater weather fairly quickly in the fall and who doesn't love that?!

  5. Does anyone even wear white shoes anymore?
    I have to admit: I pretty much stay away from linen because it requires ironing!

  6. I've always joked that Florida is immune to those rules :)

  7. Seriously I don't think I own white shoes. Not even white sandals. Since I work in a school, linen and white are rare for me! Too many things end up on my clothes during the course of a day!

  8. I'm with you - I rarely wear white shoes anyway!!


  9. We try to adhere to the no white shoes after Labor Day too. I have a pair of white sandals, but that is about it. I always hated the scuff marks that came with white shoes. I always had them on the inside of my shoes as a girl. Must be a bit pigeon toed?

  10. I'm cracking up because I got a text message from another blogger this week asking if she could wear bone-colored shoes after Labor Day. I told her I thought it was OK because it was thought of as Winter white but since I didn't own any, I wasn't the best person to ask. Michelle from Table for Nine said no, it was not ok. Her grandma said Winter white translates to White Trash. I giggled and giggled.

    And also have ironed every pair of linen pants I own so I can wear them this week and I wore my white capris to That Man's house yesterday. I only have one more weekend left.

    Thank you for spreading the fashion gospel girl! PS: I hope you've gotten your cookbook in the mail!

  11. Amen! I still adhere to these rules. And on the way to the office this morning I was thinking I need to wear my linen over the next 2 weeks.

  12. Just came across your blog, Kate. My eye was glued to the perfectly pretty linens. I LOVE linens!
    Have a happy Tuesday. xx

  13. I so agree! And white shoes are basically awful always :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog & entering the giveaway. Good luck!

  14. I'm not one for fashion rules...but linen is wear I make an exception. It's definitely spring/summer appropriate IMO!

  15. This is great! Yesterday I pulled out my white jeans and white linen skirt to wear one last time each!
    I'm right there with you, I'll cling to our "rules"

    p.s. your comment on my blog totally made my day! I cant wait to become blog bffs! I adore yours, by the by!

  16. Haha those are some strict rules you live by Kate! I love that you put so much thought into what you wear!

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