Why can’t you wear white after Labour Day? I never knew the answer to this so I googled it only to find that it had to do with the upper crust of society being super snobby in the 1800s. Apparently after the Civil War, rich people ruled high society but as more people became self-made millionaires it was difficult to tell old money from new money. This is a very Gatsbian issue.
In the 1880s the women of high society decided to create a whole bunch of arbitrary rules of fashion so that they could tell who was “in” and who was “out.” In this way, if a very wealthy woman came to the opera wearing a gown worth more than the others, if she was wearing the wrong sleeve length they still knew she was old money. Isn’t that such a cruel joke?
Reserving white clothing to the summer months was one of these rules and when Labor Day became a national holiday they used it as a cut off date. By the 1950s this had simply become a rule of America. Today we celebrate with 20 celebrities wearing white. Feel free to break this rule old the effing time.