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Happy Labor Day! (feel free to continue wearing white)

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Every year when Labor Day hits I feel a quickening in my fashion-consciousness reminding me that the time of wearing white is over for another 9 months -- and then I feel slight panic that I hadn't taken full advantage of my white-wearing liberties when I had the chance!   But then, I remind myself that this rule is so passé and the new fashion rule is that there are no rules.  It's just amazing to me how heavily ingrained the "no white after Labor Day" rule is.  It is the only thing I associate with this date, well that and that it's the last day my pool is open -- another not-so-happy thing.  Never mind that we set this day aside to celebrate the economic and social contributions of American workers...

I heard this rule started out only banning white shoes because it just wasn't practical given the harsher elements.  But then the rule was extended to clothing, perhaps more because of the material than the color(white clothes tend to be made of lighter fabric, also unsuitable for cold weather).  But why ban pure white and only make exception for "winter white"?  Maybe it was just an arbitrary rule used to set apart those who "know" how to dress and those who don't.  Regardless, I think we should not perpetuate this fallacy any longer.  White is a refreshing color to see in the dead of winter surrounded by black coats, black sweaters and black pants.  Coco Chanel wore white year-round, as Bronwyn Cosgrave said, "It was a permanent part of her wardrobe."  So, who are we to question Ms. Chanel?

And some other lovely ladies wearing white after Labor Day...

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