Labor Day, Fashion and a peek into dievca’s closetPosted: September 1, 2014
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.
- 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.
Victoria’s Secret: White Maxi Dress – cotton blend. This will be put away.
Vince White Batwing Cotton Slub Sweater. This will be put away.
Miu Miu Awning Stripe Platform Espadrille Sandals. These will be put away.
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.
Martin Margiela: Ivory High Waisted Pants. Keep for Autumn, too light for Winter.
Light Rotation, but gorgeous.
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