The Great Labor Day Debate | Seersucker Sass

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Great Labor Day Debate

As a little girl growing up in a traditional Southern family, I was never dressed in white before Easter (Helloooo shiny white patent shoes!) or after Labor Day.  I don't remember my exact age, but I do remember being very young when I asked my mom why in the world I couldn't wear my white shoes/dresses/pants/shorts/skirts.  I was never given an explanation, just told that it was a rule.  And while I'm not a big fan of rules, "Never wear white after Labor Day!" is a rule that I follow.  (With the exception of wearing white for ritual back in my undergrad days.)

I tried to do some research on the rule, but nothing was concrete.  Some sites say that it was due to the weather and the formality of the casual clothing back in the day of etiquette queen Emily Post, who is said to have written the rule.  Since then, the Emily Post camp has said that it's actually okay to wear white after Labor Day.  

I am also a super psycho about certain fabrics being worn after labor day.  Linen stresses me out, and as much as I LOVE seersucker, you won't see me in it again until Easter.

The main reason for this post is to get your opinion - Are these rules that you follow or dated rules that are made to be broken?!

I hope that you're having a great (& safe!) long weekend!



Note: I do not own the photo of the Lilly Pulitzer dress in this post.  The latter photo is mine.  If you choose to use it for a post, please link back to this post and give proper credit.  This is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own.


  1. I am a follower of the "No white, linen, or seersucker after Labor Day rule."

  2. The only white I usually wear after Labor Day is shirts or coats, even though I don't strictly think about that rule when I pick out my clothes. On the other hand, I've been in love with that Janice dress ever since I saw it! It's gorgeous, and it will be mine one day!


    1. I will wear white tee shirts year round! I agree, that dress is absolutely beautiful :)