Labor Day, Fashion and a peek into dievca’s closet

Labor dayLabor Day in the United States

Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American Labor Movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

Why isn’t it celebrated on May 1st – International Workers’ Day , like other countries in the World?

Labor Day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City. After the Haymarket Massacre, which occurred in Chicago on May 4, 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Thus, in 1887, it was established as an official holiday in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored.



“No white after Labor Day”

Labor Day is regarded as the end of summer, a tradition likely reflecting the end of summer play and the return to work and business attire.


  • One of the most cited fashion rules, “Don’t wear white after Labor Day” is a misguided way to look at fashion. It is hard to pinpoint when this “rule” originated, but it’s safe to say that the fashion commandment is not applicable in the contemporary world.
  • Before central air-conditioning was commonplace, white clothing was worn in summer months to keep cool. These garments were not worn in Autumn and Winter to avoid staining the clothing with mud or slush. Over time, this practical tradition translated into a blueprint for seasonal fashion.
  • Summer clothing is typically lighter, in color  as well as  in fabric weight. The shift to heavier and less-revealing clothes relates to changing temperatures and a return to business attire. Sleeveless blouses, shorts or sundresses are mostly worn during the summer months.  Linen, cotton and seersucker garments are replaced with suede, corduroy and wool as the seasons change.
  • It has been said that clothing should match the colors of the season. After Labor Day, when leaves begin to change color, clothing styles should shift to earthy tones to match the browns, reds and oranges of autumn leaves. The one exception to this longstanding tradition is bridal attire, it is typically to wear white wedding dresses regardless of the season.

 Shoe Styles

  • Actually, the Labor Day rule mostly applied to the color of your shoes. White is a light, bright color and it was deemed proper solely for the summer months, where black and brown shoes were the color of choice for the more drab seasons.
  • Summer shoe styles, sandals and peep-toe shoes, are not typically worn in fall and winter. Your location and the corresponding Fall and Winter climate might dictate the shoe for the simple reason of keeping feet warm. In warmer climates, this style rule is less about practicality and more about tradition.

How do Master and dievca analyze all this Labor Day nonsense?

Master doesn’t really own any white, except for dress shirts or t-shirts.
dievca wears layers with her white pieces and she sold her white shoes because she never wore them…

dievca does admire Winter White suits and White Sweaters — but honestly, white is a deadly color to wear in the City during the Winter. The cleaning bills could kill you.

With all this commentary, dievca did run through of her closet  to find the white items — here are some pieces

French Connection: embroidered, beaded, white linen/cotton dress. This needs hand-washed and will be put away.
Heavy Rotation.

Victoria’s Secret: White Maxi Dress – cotton blend. This will be put away.
Low Rotation

Victoria Secret Goddess Maxi Dress White

John Patrick Organic: Cotton Peasant Blouse Dress in white. This will be put away.
New, used once.
John Patrick Organic White Peasant Tunic Dress

White Stag: White Cotton Crinkle Maxi Skirt. This will be put away.
Medium Rotation.
White Stag cotton crinkle maxi skirt

Vince White Batwing Cotton Slub Sweater. This will be put away.

Vince Cotton Rollneck Sweater

Miu Miu Awning Stripe Platform Espadrille Sandals. These will be put away.
Medium Rotation

See by Chloé White Cotton Eyelet Blouse and “Lab” Coat.  The coat will be put away. Medium Rotation.
I could find photos of the black and sand colored overcoats, but not white.

See by Chloe white eyelet blouse

Gap White, Fitted, Cotton Blouse and Pussy Bow Blouse. These will be used to Layer.
Low Rotation, but business basics.
Gap White Fitted Blouse Austin Reed white bow detail shirt

Martin Margiela: Ivory High Waisted Pants. Keep for Autumn, too light for Winter.
Light Rotation, but gorgeous.

Rebecca Taylor: Ivory Tweed Moto Vest. Work it for Autumn, maybe Winter.
Still trying to figure out how to wear the vest.
Rebecca Taylor Off White Tweed Motorcycle Vest 2

Chanel: Off-White Wool blend Bouclé jacket. Work it for Autumn and Winter.
Light Rotation, but gorgeous.
Chanel Off White Boucle Jacket


Theory: Juliet Sweater Off-White Bouclé. Top Layer for Autumn, will be selling on eBay.
Was in Heavy Rotation, but the Poncho Style is irritating.

Wether dievca has captured your interest or bored you to tears with the contents of her closet, have a Fabulous Holiday if you are in the USA. Other areas of the World, dievca hopes your weekend was wonderful.

Autumn dressing is here! XO

9 Comments on “Labor Day, Fashion and a peek into dievca’s closet”

  1. Pelelotus says:

    Thanks for shedding light on that strange Labor Day rule, had wondered what that was all about. The white shirt with the bow is pretty cute.


    • dievca says:

      You are welcome — I always “followed” the rule, but really started thinking about it when I lived in the South. The rule just didn’t make sense.
      That Pussy Bow blouse has been an good consistent basic. 🙂


  2. BoPeep says:

    You know I drooled over the Chanel,right? I wore a white skirt last night, and it goes away after it gets washed today, as does an Indian inspired, sequined tunic, and a few sleeveless numbers. I just pulled my work wardrobe up from the basement yesterday. Back to the halls of higher ed on Tues 🙂


    • dievca says:

      I won the Chanel jacket on Auction at Housing Works. It fits like a charm! I am so sorry that you have to dig out your work wardrobe, but just remember how fantastic and sexy you will look~ 😀


  3. esther says:

    i was too fat to fit into my white jeans; didn’t shave my legs to wear white denim above the knee skirt. if it stays hot through september i might wear the skirt if i have occasion…the jeans go bye bye for next year. dievca is never boring 🙂 xx


    • dievca says:

      You are generous! (about the boring bit) A white denim skirt is a great staple — my Mom is on the hunt for one right now. Now, the shaving the leg part? I prefer waxing even though it is dear. XO


      • esther says:

        i used to sugar my legs (takes the hair, leaves the skin!) so my leg hair has thinned out and is fine…however, no one sees me, except Spike…and he likes fur! 😉


    • dievca says:

      Excellent! Thank You. Very interesting…as a stand alone top or a layer under a coat. I am going to paw through my closet and see where it could fit. The vest has great texture, so it could give depth. Hmmm. XO


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