The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5th, 1882, and has continued to be honored the first Monday of September for the last 127 years. This holiday was created in admiration of the hard working Americans that have long contributed to the successful economy of the United States of America. The greatest myths that accompanies this holiday is the saying “you shouldn’t wear white after labor day”.
The exact origin of the story that forbids white fashion before Easter and after Labor Day is uncertain. Two theories of fashion seem to be the most quoted through out the Internet database. The first stems from the increase in the number of middle class women in the 1950’s. Rules were given to these women who were new to the higher fashion realm, in order to allow them to fit in with the people of the higher economic class socially. The second theory comes out of the Southern states of America, and has been part of the fashion code there for a long time. Fashion codes south of the Mason-Dixon line tend to be more formal and followed then in the North, East, or West of the country.
Currently, the trend of fashion designers is to deliver a fall fashion line that has darker, warmer colors. This year’s fall fashion trends include deep shades of gray, purple, berry, blue, and animal prints. A white pump or flat shoe may not match as well with these colors in fall, and may not be popular amongst designers for this very reason. This rule of white tends to include other fashion items such as handbags and clothing, although in previous years winter white outerwear and boot shoe gear has been making a comeback. Climate has also been a determining factor in this myth. White is a color that is said to reflect all other colors of the rainbow, whereas the color black is said to absorb them. Many people feel that in cooler climates white may also be to cold for their feet for the outdoors. White shoe gear is also known for getting dirtier in the winter mush, and is difficult to keep clean. Ladies, feel free to wear your white shoes, clothing, and accessories at your own accord in the cold winter months.