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Is it okay to wear white after Labor Day? If so, what?

Asked by john65pennington (29240points) September 5th, 2011

I am not sure where this idea came from, but for years a lot of people have abided by “no white after Labor Day”. I wear white tennis shoes year ‘round. Question: in white, what’s taboo and what’s acceptable to wear after Labor Day?

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Lightlyseared's avatar

I thought it was “no white shoes after Labour Day”. Admitedly this piece of knowledge comes from watching Serial Mom so not entirely sure if its accurate or helpful.

Blackberry's avatar

I don’t know where it came from, but I’ll wear white whenever I please. There are rules for everything, geez.

HungryGuy's avatar

As far as I know, we no longer live in medieval times where the king could forbid his subjects from wearing certain “royal” colors. So go ahead and wear white (or any other color) any time of the year….

KateTheGreat's avatar

I planned on wearing white tomorrow.

What the heck is up with that?

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I don’t pay much attention to that I have a white sweater dress that I will wear in the dead of winter.
I am a white weawing webel.

gailcalled's avatar

My mother lived by “those” rules handed down by “them” and which “they” enforced.

There was also the black patent leather shoes worn only between Memorial and Labor Day.

Those strictures are complete rubbish.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Stupid fashion laws. Never gave it any regard myself. What I never understood was, you can’t wear white shoes after labor day, when is it ok to wear white again?

gailcalled's avatar

Memorial Day.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Ahh ok. Thanks. Does it like come from a dirty issue thing? Like rain and muck of winter will ruin your white shoes so you shouldnt wear them?

gailcalled's avatar

As far as I know, according to my mother, the queen of lack of original or independent thinking, “they” make up these arbitrary rules.

Lightlyseared's avatar

There is a theory that they were made up as a way for the newly well todo middle classes to keep up with the upper classes. Although as anyone who as ever met the upper classes will know they tend to do what ever the fuck they please when so ever the desire takes them.

HungryGuy's avatar

And does this mean I’m not allowed to wear black before Labor Day???

gailcalled's avatar

If my mother hadn’t died in May, I would have been happy to ask her.

My memory is that it was OK only if the fabric was linen.

Mariah's avatar

It’s just yet another arbitrary rule that people have created so they can look down their noses at each other. I think it’s utterly silly and don’t worry myself over it.

Lightlyseared's avatar

What about a black cotton linen blend? Assuming we’re ignoring Leviticus 19:19.

gailcalled's avatar

Lightlyseared: It depends on how many polyesters were killed and whether you are orthodox, conservative or reform.

We had to suffer through Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services in woolen suits because they always fell after Labor Day. My nervous system now equates going to synagogue with itching and sweating.

woodcutter's avatar

I hope so. As the days get shorter I’m bound to be dressing in the dark more so it’s going to be anybody’s guess what I step out wearing.

Cruiser's avatar

Yes….white silk boxers and Tees.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

It’s a dumbass idea. Wear white whenever.

anartist's avatar

Why would anyone except a bride or someone from Cleveland in the 60s wear white shoes?

perspicacious's avatar

It’s no white shoes or purses after Labor Day, which doesn’t include sneakers. No white clothing after Labor Day unless it is wool or corduroy. However, white blouses/shirts/tees are fine year round.

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Blueroses's avatar

According to the “new” gurus of fashion, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly (of TLC’s What Not to Wear), white is fine any time of year as long as it’s practical. As Clinton says, you wouldn’t wear white, open-toed shoes in a snowstorm, but they could be perfectly fine in Miami in February.

marinelife's avatar

The no white after Labor Day has fallen by the wayside.

But white shoes that are not athletic shoes paired with a white belt are never OK for a guy.

gailcalled's avatar

^^ Unless he wears black socks, of course.

AshlynM's avatar

I always heard it was no white pants after Labor Day. Why? I have no idea. I wear white capris year round. I don’t care what anyone else says.

anartist's avatar

@marinelife that’s called a “Full Cleveland.” one without the other is a “Half Cleveland.”
Or used to be so.

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