White on white well done
Who says you can not wear white after Labor Day? Thanks to the Internet, I discovered the origin of this “rule” :
In the 1880s, to find out who was acceptable and who was not, the women who were already “in” felt it was necessary to create dozens of fashion rules that all connoisseurs had to follow. Thus, if a woman came to the opera with a dress that was more expensive than most Americans in a year, but the length of the sleeve was incorrect, the other women would know that it should not be given the hour.
Not wearing white outside the summer months was another stupid rule. White was for weddings and outfits, not for fall dinners. Of course, it could be extremely hot in September, and wearing white would make perfect sense, but if you want to be dressed properly, you just have not done it. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, and society finally adopted it as the ultimate criterion for summer fashion.
This white rule has never been so hard and fast for me. Maybe I want to keep this summer all year long, or maybe I like breaking the rules. White has been an essential part of my wardrobe for years and I can not imagine having to put a color aside for a season.
Check out some of the looks that might inspire you to break the rules.
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