Why You Should Wear White After Labor Day

Posted on 19 August 2020

Why You Should Wear White After Labor Day - White Pants

We all know the old adage: "You can't wear white after Labor Day," but is the notion worth its salt? And what does a fashion-conscious woman do with her favorite white clothing after the first Monday in September? We say keep it in circulation throughout the year!

Here in the US, Labor Day was instituted as a federal holiday in 1894 to commemorate the labor movement's achievements in championing worker's rights. Over time, Labor Day became the unofficial end of summer, and fashion followed suit (pun intended), with Labor Day being the de facto point on the calendar to switch one's wardrobe from summer to fall attire.

The idea of white as a color that can solely be worn from Memorial Day to Labor Day originated over a century ago as a way for the "Old Money" elite to distinguish themselves from the less wealthy. Although white is a natural choice for summertime clothing- it attracts less heat from the sun- most people in the late 19th and early 20th century couldn't afford completely separate seasonal wardrobes. People of fewer means tended to live in cities year-round where white apparel was impractical to wear amongst the industrial pollution. Counter to this, the upper crust was able to summer in the countryside in their cool, light-colored clothes away from urban life's harsh realities.

Of course, everyone loves a vacation, and we certainly know how seasonally updating the contents of one's closet has transformative powers. Unfortunately, wearing white after Labor Day became a cause to ostracize people who were not able to adhere to arbitrary fashion dos and don'ts.

Today's women need not follow such antiquated notions, and at Anthony's, we simply love to build an outfit around timeless white clothing staples that are anything but basic. White apparel is ideal for balancing out the darker hues that fall with fall fashion; it adds a freshness to what can otherwise become a wardrobe saturated with deep colors. Here is some inspiration for autumnal whites to wear this year after September 7th:

Aliya Pull-On Pant  by Erika:
Aliya Pull-On Pant
Erika's 100% cotton Aliya Pull-On Pants are a comfy way to incorporate white into your autumn outfits. Paired with a light sweater in a bold jewel tone such as burgundy or marigold, these white pants will genuinely help you usher in the new season in style.

Frayed Linen Jacket by Anthony's Resort Wear:
Frayed Linen Jacket
Frayed detailing adds a chic edge to this linen jacket by Anthony's Resort Wear. Wear it with black ankle pants and a top in your favorite color to really get in the mood for September's cooler weather.

V-Neck Tunic Sweater by Avalin:
Avalin V-Neck Tunic Sweater
Searching for an all-purpose sweater that goes with any outfit? This tunic-style pullover by Avalin has a v-neckline and looks especially great with printed leggings and ballet flats. It's easy to comfortably lounge around in and quickly add to your ensemble for some extra warmth.

Sun Escapes Zip-Front Jacket by Onque Casuals:
Sun Escapes Zip Front Jacket
We love how sleek and versatile this Onque Casuals jacket is and are particularly fond of how the raised stripes add a touch of eye-catching texture. With a zippered front and pockets, it is as functional as it is fashionable. Layer it over a tee and pair with blue jeans and sneakers for a sporty look that's perfect for running errands or walking the dog.

Lightweight Popover Poncho by Vivi:
Vivi Popover Poncho
Vivi ponchos are a fall favorite for a good reason: they complement nearly any outfit or occasion. They are elegant when thrown over a dress but look fabulous with an ankle pant and heels as well. This poncho also comes with the added bonus of being able to convert to a scarf!

Pull-On Classic Stretch Ankle Pant by Coconut Row:

Ankle pants look great with heeled ankle boots, and these classics from Coconut Row are no exception. They have a refined silhouette that works wonderfully with those first boots of the season and a patterned tunic.

Embroidered Mesh Button-Front Shirt by Parsley and Sage:
Embroidered Mesh Button-Front Shirt
This Parsley and Sage top is simply perfect for autumn! The delicate embroidery depicts foliage, reminiscent of the season's falling leaves. This button-front shirt would pair beautifully with chocolate brown slacks and a steaming mug of tea.

Millennium Full-Length Pant by Zac and Rachel:

Zac and Rachel Millenium Pants are a customer favorite because they are incredibly versatile and can be used as a foundation for various looks. Try them in white with a striped sweater and loafers for a polished, preppy feel.

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  • Kim: September 14, 2020

    Interesting to read history behind not wearing white after Labor Day. I also feel climate dictates fashion, too …. Down here in Southwest Florida, I continue to wear white year ‘round, because it stays warm most of the year.
    But it does get boring not having ANY seasonal wardrobe changes, so I enjoy adding in stronger, darker colors for our few cooler days during the winter … and even adding in colored sweaters & jackets for those days, too. But basic white slacks & shorts are a staple all year long down here!

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