The Call to wear White

Memorial Day.
Wearing bright white between Memorial Day and Labor Day isn’t a hard and fast rule…but people still follow the dictate, albeit – casually.  The Summer months in the northern parts of the World tend to run from the end of May to the beginning of September.  With the sun and heat, white cloth reflects light and cotton is lighter and easier to wear during the Summer months.  Sun and heat = less messy weather = less mud = lighter weight fabrics like linen, etc.

Now, if you are living in the southern United States, you might be more interested in wearing a white suit, maybe year-round or on tropical Holidays. A statement made by Mark Twain, FDR, Truman, Hemingway, etc.

Dr. Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, is quoted all over the web saying, “in the late 19th century and the 1950s, more people were entering the middle classes. These nouveau-riche folks were often unaware of the standards of high society, so they were given specific codified rules to follow in order to fit in.”  One of these rules was the wearing white between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

So, what is white in your closet?  Are you pulling those pieces out for Summer?
dievca is!
XO

 


4 Comments on “The Call to wear White”

  1. Pelelotus says:

    Had thought that the whole ‘wearing white after labour day’ was a strange rule. X

    • dievca says:

      New York City is so messy that I am always amazed when tourists come in Winter with white jackets or coats. Summer is still mess, too. Black it is –Summer = black linen.

  2. Ah, so that’s where this strange rule originates from! I didn’t know people still follow it – will have to pay attention in the streets over the coming days 🙂


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