Article by Claire Plath - California Photography of Claire Plath by Alicia Crosson Photography Issue 23 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
During the early 1900's, society recognized Labor Day as the official last day of summer. As for wearing white after Labor Day, it was mainly not prohibited back then because of society's view of the color white as a color only to be worn when going on vacation during the summer. Most people wore white and other light colors due to the climate and as a fashionable way to stay cool during summer vacation while away from the city. While returning from summer vacation, people wore darker colors in the city signifying how influential fashion was on their society, just like today!
During this time, it was recognized as the "age of dress coding for every occasion." Wealthy women in those days came up with the idea that wearing white after Labor Day was not appropriate. This idea turned into a rule for all of high society to recognize, and the reason behind this rule, is simply because "it was the proper thing to do and follow." Not wearing white after Labor Day was a rule people chose to follow to be attired and respected by high society fashion elites. However, some socialites chose to not follow the rule on purpose and the rule of not wearing white after Labor Day became very well known to everyone which ultimately defeated its purpose.
Flash forward to today, and that rule simply does not apply anymore and doesn't even seem relevant as we are encouraged to wear whatever we feel comfortable in no matter what the day is. For modern day fashion, it is now mainly about what fabrics you choose to wear for each season instead of colors like it used to be. So, if you choose to continue to follow the rule of not wearing white after Labor Day that is totally okay! As is wearing white after Labor Day! But after all, this was a rule that was just simply meant to be broken!
Claire's article was featured in issue 23 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!