Back in the day wearing white after Labor Day was just something you didn’t do. In my experience, things were a little more lax on the west coast, probably due to the warmer weather year round, but back East, it was thoroughly frowned upon. I remember watching freshman Left Coasters being publicly ridiculed on campus, during my first semester at Howard. As they crossed the campus in white pants and shoes after Labor Day, their fellow students would yell out the Labor Day “rule,” while laughing and pointing. Since I’ve never been one to adhere to the “rules of fashion” it struck me as odd how seriously people took the notion of “No White after Labor Day.” I mean it was just another color in the rainbow of life. I’m guessing it signified the transition into the Fall season, which is actually a visible, tangible thing back East. Honestly, I don’t know how you can choose any color that God made and make a rule as to when it can and can’t be worn. The way I see it, if the color white still presents itself in nature at a certain time of year, then that’s my cue that its okay for me to present myself in that color (think snow). So much of fashion is about figuring out what works for you and how to utilize it in a way that suits your personality and style. It’s funny to think that at one point in history, denim was strictly a uniform created for and worn by gold miners. I even remember when it was considered inappropriate for children to wear black. Someone had to initially break those fashion rules, because all over the world people are basically living in denim, and black t shirts and dresses can be seen on many a child (not attending a funeral) on any given day. I don’t know about you, but I am thankful for the change.
Are there any fashion rules that you have broken on the regular?
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