Never Wear White After Labor Day

by Martha on September 6, 2010

Where did this rule come from?  Never Wear White After Labor Day!

I’ve heard it all my life and just like many other things, simply accepted it as the “norm.”

I know.  It’s a summer color.  It’s cooler.

There’s a change in the air!

Most of fashion is dictated by New York and Paris and I haven’t seen any signs (except in the shoe department) that they pay too much attention to this rule!  I guess it’s like everything else.  It’s all in what you think is appropriate!

How many other beliefs and ideas are you carrying around (myself included) that might just not have any substance at all but you are still abiding by them because you’ve always done it that way, or the previous generation told you that was the best way?

Where the rubber meets the road. . . .

We all have to decide which beliefs to keep, which are silly, and which are downright hurtful to our growth as human beings.  That’s what self-inflicted “rules” are all about.  Making you a better person.  If you are holding onto some standard just because “that’s the way it’s always been” but it’s not serving you today, in your life now, then discard it.

Get rid of it!

The fact is, it’s OK to wear white whenever you want to.  And it’s OK to decide for yourself what is “the norm” for you.  In all your beliefs.

Because the Never Wear White After Labor Day was passed down to me from my grandmother to my mother to me, it’s a hard one for me to let go of.  And, quite frankly, I’m still adhering to the shoes part!

My point?

Pay attention to your belief system. Question the why parts.  You just might be surprised!



p.s.  And, just for the record, I do wear winter white!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Wanda Ezekiel September 6, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Being from Ft Lauderdale, I wear white year round. You wear black year round, right??

Martha September 25, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Wanda, that’s funny! Black is a whole other can of worms. You have to be a certain “age” to wear all black! Haha! What can I say? I was raised on old southern traditions!

Sheila Atwood October 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm

The title of this post caught my eye.

My mother is a Southern Bell from Savannah Georgia. So I grew up with those traditions. You know, Easter bonnets and mam.

Now when it came to white we could wear winter white. It is off white.

Some times it is almost feels daring to break with those old handed down traditions. But when it comes to manners…those are traditions that seem to carry some weight. They are a form of caring, communication and respect. It seems that more and more good manners are flying out the door. Mam would seem out of place in different parts of the country, but the idea of respecting our parents and our elders most certainly isn’t.

Did you have to wear patent leathers in the summer and not in the winter?

Martha October 4, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Sheila, we wore BLACK patent leather in the winter! LOL

Juliana November 3, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Hello Ladies,
I came to this discussion reading -and loving- the books of Anne George. I am in Florida for vacation and I am reading the last books. And due to Ms. George I got a little familiar with the Southern Living. And yes, I want to visit Birmingham to have a look at Vulcanus.

My question is :
No white shoes after Labor day = first of may. Why?
No patent leather shoes after five o clock afternoon. Why?
No velvet after Easter. Yes, this looks ridiculous.
I would really appreciate to get some information about this.

Greetings from Juliana from Germany who would never go to a wedding without a hat before 5 pm. Long dresses requested after 5 pm.

And no hand kiss outside a house by gentlemen 🙂

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