For many Fashionista/os, Labor Day is the day to decide whether we will follow an old tradition that seems ever cliché: don’t wear white after Labor Day.
The first Labor Day celebration dates back to 1882 in New York City. Proceeding through the years, in 1884 it was declared that the first Monday in September would be a national celebration held in honor of the contributions of workers around our country. More generally, it’s a day that marks the end of summer in America – a time to put away the pastels from our summer wardrobe and bring out warm shades for fall. White, in particular, is a color that even the slightest stain can’t hide from. Because fall and winter bring much more drastic weather, no white after Labor Day is not necessarily a rule, but more of a practicality.
This practice seems to be a matter of location. For ASU Fashionista/os, wearing white after Labor Day is a personal choice. Southern Arizona temperatures won’t begin to cool down until around mid-October, giving us the next two months to dress comfortably in cool shades of blue, green, yellow, red and yes, white. To be safe, white on white isn’t the best route to go, but rather try mixing light shades with dark patterns and designs.
A perfect example is this Fashionista I spotted on ASU’s downtown campus, wearing a white and black striped dress with gold buttons and the most adorable black flower sandals. Nothing over the top – an outfit that even after Labor Day I wouldn’t object to.
Whether you abide by the rule or not, celebrate this Labor Day by going out to an end-of -the-summer barbecue in a fun, stylish outfit.
Hint: You can't go wrong with the white accessories:
- Dazzling ivory bib necklace from Urban Outfitters
- Spacious tote bag by Guess from Buckle
- Useful and adorable white-striped visor from ModCloth
- Dreamy cream and gold sunglasses from Forever 21