September 5, 2012

How to Be Southern: Wearing White After Labor Day

I was recently asked by a friend on Facebook to share my opinion about wearing white after Labor Day. I’m not a fan. In fact, I saw a young woman at the grocery store today wearing a white eyelet sundress and something was just not quite right about it. I know that summer officially goes thru September 21, but for some reason, Labor Day weekend signifies the end of summer in my mind.

If you really want to wear white sundresses, sandals or linen slacks after Labor Day, I can’t stop you.  I won’t even judge you. But as for me and my closet, summer will now cease to exist until Memorial Day of 2013. It’s not that we can’t wear any white during the cooler months…I mean, this conundrum is the reason “winter white” was invented.


My no-white rule mainly applies to shoes. I will wear white clothing throughout the year, but I try to pay attention to the weight of the fabric. Seersucker and linen just don’t work for a Tennessee winter. If I lived in Florida, I might feel totally different.

Are you a staunch follower of the no-white rule or do you pretty much wear whatever you darn well please? There’s no wrong answer friends…just different ideas and opinions. I love that we can share our ideas while loving & supporting each other! Happy Wednesday!

8 comments:

  1. When I lived up north I followed the no white rule very strictly. However, since moving to Texas last year, I feel like I am dying in the heat. I don't want to put my open toed white shoes away...we are still in the hundreds here. I feel tacky, but I would rather not faint from heat exhaustion (I have done that before). I never did understand how that rule got started in the South where it is SO HOT!

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  2. I can't get over it either...I like to put away the white after Labor Day, too. However...I say that having yet to change my handbag (white!).

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  3. Absolutely, 100% agree, and I had even thought about blogging about this very topic! The only difference I have is that I won't wear white until after Easter, not Memorial Day. Easter- Labor Day is for white. And like you said, the weight of the fabric, the exact shade of white all come into play. I actually had an off-white wool winter coat that was beautiful. But white shoes? After Labor Day they are only for babies and brides.

    Yankees write the fashion magazines anyway.

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  4. I am with Fairhope Supply! I use Easter as my green light for white and tend to shy away from it after Labor Day. Certainly, NO white shoes after Labor day. A dress or a skirt may slide by though :)

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  5. I stick to the rule. I still remember having a standards meeting every year the week before labor day about the no white or linen rule.

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  6. I am the same as Fairhope Supply- after Easter through Labor Day. I feel weird wearing white eyelet after Labor Day for sure. I think it all depends on the fabric, etc.

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  7. I don't usually wear white, ever. It's the worst color on me (having black hair and white skin.) I think there are ways to get passed the rule. Winter white is obviously acceptable, or a white t with jeans.

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  8. I did go up in Florida and live here now (after a short stint in Texas), and the rule in my Southern family has always been from Easter to Labor Day. My white shoes and purses are now put away. The only exception might be sneakers (in my school colors of green, orange, and white) to a football game. To Sparkles, there are plenty of open toe shoes in other colors. I actually still wear hose to work and church, and I do so in the Southern heat. I am more old school than many of my friends, but I know I have a long line of female ancestors who would be proud to know that I was "raise right" and that "it stuck!" :-)

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