White After Labor Day?

Depending on where you grew up, there were hard and fast rules about white shoes after Labor Day. And not just shoes but belts, purses, accessories – all put away until Easter.  I recall my mother spending Sunday afternoon packing away the white and light purses and shoes and replacing them with the darker shades of fall and winter from the back of the closet.  Goodbye white and hello plum, navy and black.

It was a ritual.  A passage.  It didn’t matter if it was hot and the weatherman was calling for weeks of heat.  White was out and summer was over.

Do people still adhere to the “no white shoes after Labor Day” rule?  We’re seeing a mixed bag! 

Why We Can’t Wear White After Labor Day

The post-Labor Day moratorium on white clothing and accessories has long ranked among etiquette hard-liners’ most sacred rules. As punishment for breaking it in the 1994 movie Serial Mom, for instance, Patty Hearst’s character was murdered by a punctilious psychopath. But ask your average etiquette expert how that rule came to be, and chances are that even she couldn’t explain it. So why aren’t we supposed to wear white after Labor Day?

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2 Responses so far.

  1. avatar Chris Glass` says:

    It is a tradition but like many others it has been altered by the new winter whites. This does not apply to shoes and handbags but does for some clothes.

  2. avatar Linda says:

    Slide the white shoes into storage, my thoughts are with boots, jeans and Chiefs sweatshirts.. are you ready for some Football!

    In reality it is close to 100 degrees today here, though my thoughts are on Fall. Goodbye Summer!