Summer is coming to a close and Labor Day is right around the corner, which leads to the dreaded fashion rule "No White after Labor Day". Is this rule still relevant? And who decided it anyway? I'm not too keen on being told how to dress, so I decided it was worth looking into. Maybe if we knew the reason behind its origin, this would all make a little more sense.

It comes down to two reasons: weather and social standing. Since wearing white garments during the summer months doesn't make you sweat as much as darker-colored clothing it was considered a status symbol in the early 1900s. Having the means to purchase lighter, more breathable clothing was a rarity. However, when the Great Depression ended more and more people were able to afford these 'luxury' clothing items. As white clothing gained popularity, it lost its allure as a sign of social standing. The "No White After Labor Day" rule is thought to have been created as a cunning way for the early adopters to "regain ownership" of something that was originally theirs.

Now I don't know about you, but as for me this reason just isn't a good enough reason to dictate my fashion choices. Even fashion designers have been proving this to be an outdated fashion rule by releasing brand new white designs outside of the summer season. So I'm going to don my white sundresses and shorts until I please like the rebel that I am. And you can too!

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