Wearing White after Labor Day
Traditionally, we’re purging our closets of white dresses, skirts, and pants, but in one last ditch effort to keep summer around, and further my denial that it’s actually September, I’m breaking the rule and wearing white after Labor Day! Once a rule breaker, always a rule breaker.
Don’t let my smile fool you, wearing white is a tricky affair. I was terrified of sitting in or brushing up against anything that might leave a mark. Whenever I wear white, everything that could possible stain seems to appear, literally out of nowhere. And naturally, yours truly failed to remember while packing her lunch that she was bringing along the most deadly of fruits for a white ensemble – fresh picked strawberries. Luckily, numerous napkins lining my lap and tucked into my dress like a bib protected me. Classy.
Always the history buff, I had to look up the history of not wearing white after Labor Day. Do you know why this rule originated? Labor Day traditionally ushers in the start of fall and celebrates the end of summer. Elite socialites in the late 1800s and early 1900s created this rule in order to know who was “old money” versus “new money”.
Dress: Calvin Klein (similar by [shopsense shopsense_url=”http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=452656837″ original_url=”http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tahari-textured-fit-flare-dress-plus-size/3794159?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=1538&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_5_C” save_to_store=”true”]Tahari[/shopsense]); Jacket: Venezia (similar by Sejour); Necklace: [shopsense shopsense_url=”http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=443213851″ original_url=”http://www.baublebar.com/midnight-bouquet-bib.html” save_to_store=”true”]Bauble Bar Midnight Bouquet Bib[/shopsense]; Bracelet: Alexis Bittar ([shopsense shopsense_url=”http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%253A%252F%252Fshop.nordstrom.com%252Fs%252Falexis-bittar-lucite-imperial-noir-hinge-cuff%252F3785964%253Forigin%253Dcategory-personalizedsort” original_url=”http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/alexis-bittar-lucite-imperial-noir-hinge-cuff/3785964?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=2079&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_6_A” save_to_store=”true”]similar[/shopsense]); Clutch: Sephora ([shopsense shopsense_url=”http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=442782200″ original_url=”http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/hobo-vida-leather-clutch/3657401?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=STONE&resultback=1298&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_5_A” save_to_store=”true”]similar by Hobo[/shopsense]); Belt: Michael Kors ([shopsense shopsense_url=”http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=454827432″ original_url=”http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/kate-spade-new-york-skinny-bow-metallic-calfskin-leather-belt/3742831?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=602&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_2_C” save_to_store=”true”]similar by Kate Spade – on sale![/shopsense]); Shoes: Tory Burch Reva Flats in Navy (similar [shopsense shopsense_url=”http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.toryburch.com%252Fazalea-metallic-ballet-flat%252F41138356.html%253Fdwvar_41138356_color%253D404″ original_url=”http://www.toryburch.com/azalea-metallic-ballet-flat/41138356.html?dwvar_41138356_color=404&start=37&cgid=shoes-flats” save_to_store=”true”]Tory Burch Azalea Flats in Deep Sea[/shopsense])
I KNEW that was Baublebar and I want that nexclace! Going to see if they have it still haha. Oh and yes I love the history you included as I myself always seek out this information! I say wear white when you want to wear white! And you look AMAZING!
Thanks Joely!!! I love BaubleBar, so totally obsessed!!!
Fashion rules are made to be broken. I applaud your decision to wear white after Labor day. White can add a nice “POP” of color to an outfit much like wearing brink pink or yellow. (although some people say white isn’t a color) It draws your attention to the article of clothing. Although your cute smile stands out more than your white dress.
Thanks Brian! I thought of you when I wore these navy Tory’s!!! 🙂 Do you have a navy pair?
You thought of me when you wore your navy Tory’s! Ahhh, that’s so cute, you made my day. Technically I only have one pair and they are called bright navy. They are actually dark navy. I do have several blue”ish” colored Revas. Peacock feather blue, ocean mist blue, nile blue and bright navy. I also have one pair of TB Carolines called clared blue. Here’s a few pictures of them.
These are the peacock feather blue tumbled leather Revas and the Clared blue Carolines.
Rules are to be broken and you look very cute white dress and those navy blue TB flats, I have a similar pair of TB flats but in black, I must get a pair in navy or in light blue for summer. Keep that gorgeous smile all your life 😀
Those are pretty! I haven’t seen those ones before. I need a new pair of black ones pretty soon!
These are the new Tory Burch Minnie Travel flats, they look like the Revas but they are foldable flats made of soft napa leather and I find them more comfy than the Revas ones and the come in many beautiful colors for summer 🙂