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So when did it all start. No wearing white after Labor Day? Well I did a little snooping around and found some very interesting answers to this. Now, before you read this bit of tidbit from yahoo answers, just remember your Diamond Gal’s REAL take on this whole issue: “If you wanna wear white after Labor Day, I say GO FOR IT!” That’s what I WANTED to tell my sister-in-law when she stuck her nose in the air and said I had created quite the “Faux Pas” for wearing white on September 20th (this was last year). I chickened out. One of those things where ya say, “why didn’t I say that” after the fact. The point was, although it WAS September 20th, well after Labor Day, it was 100 degrees outside, and I figured white was okay!

Although the guy at “Confashional” would totally disagree seems like! Check out this hysterical video I attached about a guy dissing and complimenting some people in New York City wearing White after Labor Day! Seriously, this guy cracks me up and here’s the info from yahoo:

Only wear white shoes between Memorial Day and Labor Day.” Furthermore, it mainly applied to white pumps or dress shoes. White tennis shoes and off-white boots seem exempt, as are any shoes worn by a winter bride. “Winter white” clothing (e.g., cream-colored wool) is acceptable between Labor Day and Memorial Day too.

The only logical reasoning we could find cited temperature. Image consultant Nancy Penn suggests that because white reflects light and heat, wearing white would make you cooler in winter, and thus should be avoided.

Several sites quoted a charming refrain about G.R.I.T.S. — girls raised in the South. This bit of folklore states, “Southern girls know bad manners when they see them,” and a clear sign of bad manners is wearing white shoes before Easter or after Labor Day. Because fashions in the American South can be a little more formal than elsewhere, perhaps the no-white-shoes rule came from south of the Mason-Dixon Line? Even Star Jones (an otherwise fashion-forward Southern lady) admits that white shoes “are for Easter Sunday and not the dead of winter.”