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No White After Labor Day: Do You Agree with This Classic Fashion Rule?

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Don’t wear white after September 1. Are you familiar with the southern rule that says no white after Labor Day? Who made such a decree and why? Many southern women, and especially Texas ladies, are nitpickers about this dress code stipulation. After Labor Day, all white clothing must be hidden from view.

No White After Labor Day: Do You Agree with This Classic Fashion Rule?

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No one knows the exact reason why women refrain from wearing white clothes and shoes after the end of August. Some have proposed that the custom originated with rich women who wore white in the early 20th century. They could afford lightweight fabrics such as linen, and they often chose white. It was cooler, and they thought it more elegant. The less fortunate, who wanted to appear prosperous, copied the rich elite. By the 1950s, fashion experts held fast to the rule for no white clothing after Labor Day.

In the previous century, fashion designers, with a goal to sell clothes, began to tout an all-seasons wardrobe. They were in favor of heavy, darker clothes to wear during fall and the winter months. Lighter ones meant spring and summer.

No White After Labor Day: Do You Agree with This Classic Fashion Rule?

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Here’s another Texas must! Hide the white shoes! They are also an anathema after August 31. They make feet look like huge ships, so why wear them at all? If you wear a white dress or slacks, perhaps a better look is to wear beige or taupe shoes with the outfit. Most women prefer their feet to appear smaller than they are.

No White After Labor Day: Do You Agree with This Classic Fashion Rule?
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Even in summer, most Texas ladies prefer the “no white purse rule.” No matter if the bag is large enough to carry all items—it’s white. That white rule is deeply ingrained our psyche.

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