We’re all heard the rule..”You can’t wear white after Labor day”, but why not? In today’s day in age this rule no longer applies. It’s a rule everybody says, but no one follows. But where did this saying really start? After researching on Google for a couple hours I found out where this rule started and why it’s still buzzing around countless years later.
So this whole rule originated out of snobbery in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Needless to say, after the Civil War the wives of the rich and fabulous ruled high-society lifestyle with an iron fist. During this time more and more people were becoming wealthily and it was becoming harder to tell who had respectable, old money and those who were the new millionaires. So because of this, the women who were deemed as “in” during the late 1800s came up with all these petty fashion rules that everyone had to follow. Basically it was the 1800s version of Mean Girls. With all these fashion rules in place, the old money women would be able to tell who was new money and not give them the time of day. ::eyes roll back in head after finding this out::.
During the late 1800s the rule for wearing white was, it only stayed within the realm of summer months, weddings and resort wear. Even if in September, where wearing white would make more sense because of hot temperatures, you had to suffer and turn to a piece that was more acceptable in high societys eyes. In 1894, Labor day became a national holiday and the fashion world adopted it as the endpoint to summer fashion.
Fast forward over a 100 years, where no one gives AF about fashion rules and will wear what they deem acceptable. Today’s fashion is all about pushing boundaries and being unique, so a rule like this would only encourage more people to wear white after Labor Day. But you’ll still hear some people say white after Labor Day is a no no and now you know where it all started…..over 100 years ago from a choice few of snobby elite women.