All White Everything

The proof that rules are made to be broken is in the one about white after labor day


Was it Kathleen Turner as Serial Mom or Puff Daddy prior to his public name amendment who first mused, “She who shall wear white post Labor Day will get her shit fucked up”?

I ask because never has it been so obvious that the rule on white and the sanction on when it can be worn is one so ridiculous, so nonsensical, so downright stupid, I have to wonder whether that which made Emily Post popular in the first place is just an enormous nucleus of silly, nonfactual hypotheses that her fervid adherents have assumed as universal truths.

It’s bad form to speak poorly of the dead, though, so instead I propose that we dive in to that which is very much alive: winter and the corresponding white we should definitely be wearing. It’s true that a wide selection of the runway images as plucked-by-Charlotte-for-your-viewing-pleasure and documented above come from the most recent deluge of Spring shows but as far as I’m concerned, that is just further fodder to take the summer season specific spoils you already own and make them appropriate for use under the soupy, breaking clouds that permeate this early November afternoon.

I, for one, did just that with one pair of discussed-ad-nauseam Maison Martin Margiela white jeans last week, remember? And today, as a matter of fact, I’m wearing white-ass shoes.

More interesting to canvass is perhaps just why the white-after-labor-day embargo occurred in the first place. Well-reputed journals, like Time Magazine for example, might try to convince you that the stoppage burgeoned in the late 1800s as a tactic that would clearly ascertain the hard differences between seasons. Panama white linen signaled a call to warmer climates where darker, muted tones were a supposed foray into colder weather. The distinction also discerned the difference between she who could afford a new wardrobe seasonally versus she who could not which makes the sanction loosely biased, incredibly snobby and therefore null and void.

Frankly, I think the real genesis of this issue hearkens back to the Himalayas, where the abominable snowman is said to have been born. When it was warm, said snowman and his white fur would migrate, leaving room to wear the anomaly’s hue without being mistaken for his double. But when it got cold, he would come back, and the similarities between your person and the Yeti would become far too difficult to differentiate thus mandating an important and urgent ban on white. It was for the sake of survival.

The thing is, we don’t live in the damn Himalayas. So wear white and be merry, would you?

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  • marinacasapu

    Never heard of this “rule” before. I guess it is an american thing.

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    • Karenindixie

      It is…it’s actually any time after Labor Day (which is an American holiday that happens the first weekend of September)

  • Aubrey Green

    I wear white whenever I want, as should everyone else. I like your take on it being for survival, it makes the most sense ;)- otherwise, honestly it’s a bunch of bollocks (which by the way actually means testicles ha!). Also, when would it be permitted then, cause isn’t every day in fact after Labor Day – always/forever? Maybe until the new year?

  • OK, will do.
    I own exactly 1 white thing and that would be my leather jacket. Of the biker sort.

  • SHHHHH!!!! Don’t share this with retailers! I like being able to buy everything white on sale at the end of summer. It is the only thing I look forward to as the days get shorter and the air gets colder… other than hockey season. I love me some hockey.


  • Holly-Bella

    You had me at “Kathleen Turner”.

  • perfection.

    love from LA,

  • Avery

    Oh, totally agree.
    And because I can’t refuse a Chronicles of Narnia reference:
    The White Witch, for crying out loud. She MADE it winter all the time, and still wore white. All the time. And, despite the whole evil thing, looked fabulous.

  • Afton Baily

    I think part of the appeal of the white or all white post Labor Day look is the insouciance of wearing a most impractical color in the most dirty of months (rain, mud, snow, slush…). That being said I am a rule breaker at heart a love the way it looks on others, but honestly have not dared to do it myself. Maybe this year?


  • I’m always surprised to hear people are actually concerned about this. I do like this Time article which offers some history and explanation:,8599,1920684,00.html

  • Rebecca Sundvall Ericsson

    Love white but for some reason I just look like snowman in it!

  • Lavender

    White is always perfection

  • I agree. Emily Post be damned, rules were made to be broken. Plus those white jeans of yours looked awesome.

  • Elisa Taviti

    Great post!!

    With love,
    Elisa – My Fantabulous World

  • The_Fashion_Panda

    I love the white color ! Total white looks are so beautiful right now 🙂

  • Naddy

    Okay, you’ve just convinced me to wear more white than I should. xD

  • B.

    white is the new black, no?


  • aname

    I’m still ready for ass shoes.


  • aname

    Not sure I’ll ever be ready for ass shoes.


  • rock of eden

    Love this slide show – excited to wear winter whites. Will be doing a story on it soon too! xo

  • stylishlyinlove

    One of my favorite looks to wear and create is all white. A classic through the years.

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  • Maral

    I keep hearing about this no white after labour day thing, I’m glad I’ve now got both the explanation and the permission to wear white. I love reading your posts, you have a great sense of humour!

  • Duo New & Used Clothing

    We love winter white for holiday!

  • these are all so incredibly inspiring!! I can’t wait to don some all white outfit soon~