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White After Labor Day? | Manolo for the Big Girl

White After Labor Day?


32 Responses to “White After Labor Day?”

  1. Andrea September 2, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    White shirts, tops, sweaters after Labor Day, no for anything else.

  2. Wendy September 2, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Why the heck not? Surely it depends on the weather and/or climate where one lives, and not on some arbitrary calendary reference.

  3. Thea September 2, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    1. No because that’s the way I was raised. If you chose to wear white shoes after labor day I’ll assume you are from a less fortuate background (or one of those fake nuns who solicits funds at the airport)
    2. Who wears white shoes these days anyway? Even the nurses at my local hospital are rocking patent leather leopard print clogs (which she happily told me ‘repel bodily fluids’)

  4. Lunakitsch September 2, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    I was raised with “no white after labor day,” then I was informed it was really just “no white shoes or purses after labor day.” Then Manolo said that white shoes and purses are ok, as long as the weather is still hot.

    I think I’ve decided to go by temperature. I live in central Virginia and I’ve concluded that as long as it is over 85 degrees outside, wearing white is ok. I actually don’t even own any white shoes or purses, but I do have some awesome white linen pants that I rock. It’s often well into the 90s here until mid-late September, and if it feels like summer, I’m going to wear my cool white linen. Black and white linen as a combo looks quite chic as a combo well into September.

  5. SarahDances September 2, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    I think white shoes are generally more appropriate during warm weather season, but the end of that season may or may not coincide with Labor Day where you happen to live. I also think the whole “winter white” look can be deployed to great effect, but is not really fitting for fall months.

  6. Orora September 2, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    I think it should be based on the actual weather, not the calendar. It will be near 95 today in Chicago. I’m rocking a white gauze skirt. It’s too damn hot to break out the tweeds.

  7. Orora September 2, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    And on another note, Barry White skeeves me out.

  8. Inky September 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    white any time the weather is warm. I live on the coast of california. some days sunny, some not so much, but typically low to mid 70’s all year (don’t hate). I wear bone colored shoes anytime. That being said, I will not be taking said bone colored shoes to Michigan for my fall vacation. There they would be strange. Hell, there I am strange.

  9. coffeeaddict September 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    White linen, white sandals and heck definitely white pumps! Until the temperatures drops to a solid 16 degrees Celsius at least. The arbitrary decision of no white after a certain date is moronic to say the least. The weather dictates the clothing and I’d sooner say the girl eager to wear her fall 2011 collection when it’s still barking hot outside is dressed inappropriately.

  10. wildflower September 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    @ Thea:

    “If you chose to wear white shoes after labor day I’ll assume you are from a less fortuate background”


  11. TropicalChrome September 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    I was raised as “no white shoes after labor day(*)” since that’s what bone is for. But realistically, if the temperatures are over 80F, it’s still summer, and I shall dress accordingly. The calendar does not trump the weather.

    Then again, I don’t own any white shoes or purses so it’s a moot point for me.

    (*)and no white shoes until Easter, then Sundays Only until after Memorial Day.

  12. Thea September 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    @Wildflower – and I shall ask my imaginary staff to escort you out of my imaginary country club ;-)

    It’s so ingrained in me that I actually read the title as “White SHOES after Labor Day” not merely “White after Labor Day.”

    As far as white clothes, yep I continue to wear white, and even winter white

  13. wildflower September 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    LOL @Thea. :)

    I, too, cannot imagine wearing white shoes at any time of year!

  14. wildflower September 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    The above needs a comma. I, too, cannot imagine wearing white shoes, at any time of year!

  15. Josie September 2, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    This is one of those gorgeous across-the-pond-nuances that I know I’ll never understand, but love all the responses!

  16. Kathleen O'Brien September 2, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Barry White, anytime, especially after dark! Shoes or bags, except for sneakers, would be no, after labor day. Bone or cream isn’t really up for discussion, they are not white, I’m just saying.

  17. Jeni September 2, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    I am not a white shoe person, even when it comes to sandals in the middle of July.

    As for other clothes and accessories (shirts, sweater, pants, purses) I have no issues there. I have a white leather purse I carry all the time, it matches with everything and is comfortable! Well that and I haven’t found a nice brown or black purse I like.

  18. Marsha September 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    A) I’ve been trying to send you fan mail for a few days now and it’s getting bounced back. So, consider you informed that you have yet another member in your adoring public. (P.S. I adore telling people that my weekend plans often include a cocktail party at church. Episcopalians are fun!)

    B) I do not wear white as a rule, but I do not allow my 7 year old daughter to wear it either after Labor Day because that is the way of Our People. And I’m pretty sure that both my grandmother and sainted charm school instructor would haunt me FOREVER if I slipped even the slightest in this regard.

  19. Leigh Ann September 2, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    I think it’s kind of silly. I’m all for looking seasonably appropriate, but choosing Labor Day seems a bit arbitrary, especially for those of us who live in climates where it’s still blinkin’ hot clear through the end of September. Not that I own any white shoes anyway, but am I supposed to be swanning around in fall clothes when it’s 90 plus?

  20. Leah September 3, 2011 at 2:29 am #

    I don’t wear white, at all, ever. My skin tone is approximately that of Evan Rachel Woods with a dash of Dita & a huge dip of Snow White thrown in. I just prefer not to blend that much…

    I can see white purses & some accessories, but white (non-sport) clothing & (non-sneaker) shoes belong only to that sliver of summer. I’m traditional, that’s just me.

    @Tropical Chrome I tended to default to bone colored shoes with summer dresses too, it’s just a softer color!

  21. Katy September 3, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    I kind of have to wear white, it’s part of my work uniform!

  22. Lisa form SoCal September 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    It’s warm all year here, and while we still have seasons, they don’t happen at the same time as everybody else’s. So while everybody else is cooling off in October, LA can get VERY hot.

    Barry White has gone on to his reward, so he shouldn’t skeeve anybody out anymore…

  23. riona September 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    We’re still discussing this? Some random “rule” that has no purpose other than enforcing (sadly not quite) extinct social distinctions? Related: White is much harder to keep clean, especially when conditions are muddy, so I’ve always thought that wearing white in winter would be a more reliable status indicator than wearing it in summer. But it’s not like these things ever make actual sense.

  24. Thea September 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    @riona – are you entirely clear on the purpose of this thread ?

  25. Mel September 3, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    Never after Labor Day, not at all until Easter, only on Sundays until Memorial Day. These are the rules we live by because they form that subtle delineation between us and… the beasts. It’s the same reason cards and letters are stuffed in envelopes in a certain way, drinks are served after 5:00 pm, elbows OFF the table, longer hems after 40, and every other seemingly insignificant little pain in the ass rule we live by. It keeps us civilized and from eating our young.

  26. Leah September 4, 2011 at 1:00 am #

    @Mel, Lol!!! Completely true! =D

  27. retna September 4, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    I don’t do white shoes because it’s too high contrast with my skin. But I live in the tropics, white anything is fine year long.

  28. dcsurfergirl September 4, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    I heard the same rule when I was growing up. It never made sense, especially when DC weather can still be warm and humid in September. Lucky for me, the only white I wear is a pair of sneakers. Just find ways to wear white and other summery colors while it is still warm.

    As for Barry White, he looked pretty good on that album cover. He was a pretty big guy but still managed to rock the neutral colors. Look at how his clothes fit. Yeah, he’s a classic.

  29. Thea September 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    @Mel – standing ovation!

  30. Lisa from SoCal September 4, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    Well, and check out Ms. Fabulous in her turban behind him. She’s exquisite.

  31. ChaChaHeels September 5, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    Personally, I’m packing away my white jeans and white cotton skirts for another season. It will be warm here until November, but I discovered long, long ago that light weight clothing comes in a variety of colours, so I don’t have to choose between gossamer white outfits and heavy tweeds. I can have gossamer in any colour going.

    White shoes, boots, purses, and cars are for uniforms, and generally I avoid these items (haven’t worn white shoes since my mom forced them on me for my First Holy Communion, and I have never missed them).

    Say what you want about stuffy rules and regulations that might not apply anymore, but an 80 degree day in mid October is still a day where fall leaves grace and alter the landscape. White shoes and jeans against that will only hurt peoples’ eyes.

  32. Nariya September 5, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

    I come from a country that doesn’t have Labor Day, so this seems silly to me. Elbows on the table are rude to your neighbor, but what does white (or a lack thereof) have to do with anything?