THE end of summer is slowly approaching as Americans get ready for Labor Day weekend.
tuttavia, as the three-day weekend arrives this week, so too does an odd century-old arbitrary dress code “no wearing white after Labor Day.”
Perché non puoi indossare il bianco dopo il Labor Day??
Il “you can’t wear white after Labor Day” rule was reportedly created to separate the old money elitists from the new money group.
As more people became millionaires, it was difficult to distinguish between respectable old money families and those considered new money.
By the 1880s, to tell who was acceptable and who wasn’t, the women who were already “in” felt it necessary to create dozens of fashion rules that everyone in the know had to follow.
“Esso [era] insiders trying to keep other people out,” Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, detto Tempo nel 2009, “and outsiders trying to climb in by proving they know the rules.”
White was considered vacation attire for people who had money and could leave the city during warmer months.
“If you look at any photograph of any city in America in the 1930s, you’ll see people in dark clothes,” Charlie Scheips, author of American Fashion, detto alla presa.
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Nel frattempo, white linen suits and Panama hats were considered the “look of leisure.”
tuttavia, many dispute the class theory, rivendicando “people want to attribute everything in etiquette to snobbery.”
“There are always people who want to attribute everything in etiquette to snobbery,” Judith Martin told Time.
“There were many little rules that people did dream up in order to annoy those from whom they wished to disassociate themselves. But I do not believe this is one of them.”
Tuttavia, another belief is as Labor Day marks the end of summer, many vacationers may begin to pack away their white clothing in favor of darker colors.
“There used to be a much clearer sense of re-entry,” explained Steele.
“You’re back in the city, back at school, back doing whatever you’re doing in the fall – and so you have a new wardrobe.”
Regardless of how the rule really came about, no one in the 21st century follows the more than century-old practice.