A Labor Day Fashion Myth


Staff Writer

We have been living in light-colored dresses and crop tops all summer long. And as the months go on and the weather goes through slight changes here in California, the amount of warm clothing being sold in stores increases. And now that Labor Day has come and gone, the old fashion myth from the 1950’s has made its annual appearance. 

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer and the start of the cold weather. Fashion advises people to wear darker colors during these times. Darker colors absorb the light, creating warmth and white does the opposite. While light clothes are perfect for hot weather. Once the months start passing, the white sundresses and blouses are being put away, not to be used again until the next summer. 

Image courtesy of Creative Commons

In the late 19th century, to those who had the money and the opportunity to take a vacation, white was considered to be proper attire. It was considered to be the “look of leisure.” After Labor Day, the time for white clothes was over, at least for the rich. This became a tradition in the fashion world, a trend. A trend that can be broken. Many people nowadays do not even know about this fashion rule or seem to follow it. There are plenty of winter or fall items of clothing that are a frosted color. 

“I agree, it doesn’t sound consequential,” said senior Kylie Preston-Mendoza. “You should be able to wear white in the winter.” 

This old fashioned rule has gone out of style. It originated from people wanting to show off their wealth and wanting to stay cool during the time of heat. But after a couple of decades no one should feel the need to follow that rule. 


Staff Writer