The big debate: Will you wear white after Labor Day?

Turn of the century beach vacation
Turn of the century beach vacation

Labor Day is the official end of the summer season, and it's been known as the stopping point for wearing white. It's a rule that reaches back as far as the turn of the century.

"I've heard of that antiquated fashion rule," said Zarian Phipps. "I don't  have white on, but it's not like I'm trying to break it or anything."

New Orleans fashion stylist Tracee Dundas says it's something that's been engrained in many of our minds.

"That's the rule of thumb that's been around for decades. Many, many years. But fashion has progressed and evolved so that we really don't have to follow that rule anymore," Dundas said.

Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, and the rule was taking shape around the turn of the century when white clothing was the color of money.

"The upper class would be able to take these long, beautiful vacations in summer months, so they could enjoy the warm weather," She said.

From the Hampton's to Martha's Vineyard to White Sulphur Springs here in Louisiana, the well-to-do seemed to have dibs on cool white. The working class wouldn't dare try to wear the pristine fabric.

"This is the way the rich would be able to separate themselves from the working class, because they were the ones who could afford to wear white all summer long,"Dundas said.

Dundas says you can wear white after Labor Day if you mix it up a bit. She says white jeans with a cable sweater that may be a rich, darker hue would work in fall.

Dundas says a big no-no after labor day? White shoes. She also says do not wear seersucker much longer after Labor Day, as it can look out of place.

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