White After Labor Day

Every year Labor Day rolls around and I give up white. I am a child of the south and have always abided by this rule. I know it is outdated and doesn’t stand today, but I still struggle with actually wearing white after Labor Day. It probably comes from my mom who made me change before school if I was wearing the hue. Not that she necessarily cared but it was something her grandmother did to her, so the rule continued. I love fashion and I know it is usually about breaking the rules but this is a rule that I have always been fine abiding by – even snarking at people who I saw breaking it. You know what “they” say, be careful what you speak because it usually comes back to haunt you. In this case, it has! Being that it is so hot in Texas and white is my favorite color to wear at the moment, I can’t find it in my heart to give it up. Not yet! I am going to break the cycle. I think with every habit, the first way to break it is admitting you have a problem, so here goes. “Hi. My name is Mary Summers, and I never wear white after labor day.” Officially.broken.

What are your thoughts on this antiquated but still very real rule (to some people)? Am I going to look a total fool for wearing white after September 1st or be just fine? Are there any rules to the rule of it being okay to wear white after labor day? I must say I am clueless when it comes to this. You have officially caught me in a moment of honesty!


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Nicholas Crossover Hem Pencil Skirt, Madewell Slub V-neck t-shirt (on sale for $17), Gold Chain Necklace,  Giles + Brothers Railroad Spike Pave bracelet, Hermes “H” bracelet (in orange), Jennifer Zeuner necklace, F21 sunnies (similar)

photography by suki lynn

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11 thoughts on “White After Labor Day

  1. Yes I totally know what you mean!! it didn’t help that my mother doesn’t/didn’t like white one me growing up bc I am so pale so I think that attributes to why I cannot get enough of it now!

  2. To be honest…you must have known that my winter white wool pants were one of my favorite things to wear… 🙂 (Guess I waited until you were all grown up and gone) Yes, I did break the rule often, and maybe looked the fool, but oh well…the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – so wear your white and enjoy!!!

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