Depending on where you grew up, there were hard and fast rules about white shoes after Labor Day. And not just shoes but belts, purses, accessories – all put away until Easter. I recall my mother spending Sunday afternoon packing away the white and light purses and shoes and replacing them with the darker shades of fall and winter from the back of the closet. Goodbye white and hello plum, navy and black.
It was a ritual. A passage. It didn’t matter if it was hot and the weatherman was calling for weeks of heat. White was out and summer was over.
Do people still adhere to the “no white shoes after Labor Day” rule? We’re seeing a mixed bag!
The post-Labor Day moratorium on white clothing and accessories has long ranked among etiquette hard-liners’ most sacred rules. As punishment for breaking it in the 1994 movie Serial Mom, for instance, Patty Hearst’s character was murdered by a punctilious psychopath. But ask your average etiquette expert how that rule came to be, and chances are that even she couldn’t explain it. So why aren’t we supposed to wear white after Labor Day?
@loveandnachos my mama would strike me down for white shoes after Labor Day.
— Twitter (@OPKitchen) 2013-08-30T14:30:02Z
Good Friday morning y’all! Happy labor day weekend! Summer is officially over, no more white shoes bring on Tue pumpkin spiced everything!
— Twitter (@reckingfolkie) 2013-08-30T11:53:35Z
Labor Day Weekend.
End of the Summer is nigh.
White shoes still ok?
— Twitter (@JGirlSTL) 2013-08-30T13:47:50Z
Fall Fashion is here and we are crushing the NO white after Labor Day rule! #fall #fashion #laborday #whiteeverything
— Twitter (@EliteStylesNYC) 2013-08-30T15:28:22Z
RT @chelsA1_: PSA: ladies please begin packing away all of your white accessories, pants, shorts, shoes, etc.. because Labor Day is Monday.
— Twitter (@cutesoPAY_attn) 2013-08-30T02:12:02Z