Today is Labor Day in the United States. Even though it is a holiday with a real meaning, I’ve always thought of it as the last big party weekend of the summer. I think many Americans view it the same way because campgrounds are usually full and barbeques, picnics, and gatherings are a big part of the weekend. It’s a great excuse for one last 3 day vacation before school and fall activities really get underway.
The other big thing about Labor Day is the fashion “rule” that you don’t wear white before Memorial Day (most say Easter) or after Labor Day. I guess it’s time to put away the summer whites now. Most fashion police people say that rule applies to everything but tennis shoes and dress shirts. I’m pretty sure that the whole thing doesn’t even matter. lol! I remember going to a symphony with a friend in March one year (well before Easter) and she pointed out 2 women who were wearing white shoes and asked me if I could “even believe they would do such a thing?” I can believe it, and I really don’t care. Maybe they didn’t have any other nice shoes to wear? Maybe they aren’t slaves to silly outdated rules? I have better things to worry about. I also have to admit that I will be putting away my daughter’s white skirt until next Easter though. For some reason, it feels wrong to have her wear it in the Fall and Winter months.
(image from Dillards)
I have to wonder – is there any such fashion “rule” in other countries where they don’t have Labor Day? Is there a certain time of year when you know to officially put away the summer clothes? Do you let the weather or the calendar dictate what you wear? What about those in the Southern Hemisphere? Certainly, this must the the time of year to look forward to spring weather and clothing?
I guess I will always associate Labor Day with putting away white (and summery) clothing. A memory to remember on this Labor Day Monday!
P.S. My Big Picture scrapbooking self-paced class is now available! So excited about this!