Why does it seem like summer always flies by so fast?  All of a sudden everyone’s going back to school and those seasonal Halloween stores are opening up. (I even saw a few ghouls and goblins on display at Target.) It’s like the “feel” of summer is gone after Labor Day. (Well, at least for me anyways.)

And call me crazy, but I love the heat. I also like having control over how “cool” I stay or don’t stay with the air conditioning. (You can’t do that in the winter.) I’m going to miss the option of rolling the windows down, and I’m certainly going to miss the summer road trips to the mountains.

It seems like most of us have to apply new rules to our lives after Labor Day. For example, “fall back, spring ahead.” And sure, the extra hour of sleep is great at first, but then you eventually get used to it. Not to mention the fact that it gets dark earlier, (way earlier), which takes some adjusting on my part. You even have to change your wardrobe—goodbye flip-flops and tank-tops, it’s time to pack you away.

But, must we also say goodbye to wearing white after Labor Day? Now I know most of you have heard of this, and if you haven’t then please allow me to fill you in.

Apparently it’s not proper etiquette to wear white after Labor Day. One website said the “rule” started in the ‘30s, while another website said it began in the 50s. How was this rule created? Well, here are a few answers (among many) to this question.

One theory says it’s unacceptable because white garments are usually “cooler fabrics,” and it would make no sense to wear a “cool fabric” in the cold. Another theory says the rule began when “the Navy’s dress whites were replaced with dress blues after the holiday. There’s even a possibility the rule started because it was a way for middle class people to fit in with the standards of “high society.”

So basically, no one knows the real reason behind the “don’t wear white after Labor Day rule.” And I’m sure (as confusing or crazy as it might sound to some of us), that there are people out there who still abide by it. On the other hand, I’m also sure that there are people out there who think it’s perfectly fine to wear white after Labor Day, (for example, Glamour and Lucky Magazine).

What do you think?

Is it socially unacceptable to wear white after Labor Day?

Or…

Do you think this rule is ridiculous?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Please don’t hesitate to tell me what’s OnUrMind.

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