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White after Labour Day?

Updated on May 16, 2010

White shoes are the exception!

Everyone's heard that white after labour day is a big no-no, and that's been the rule forever. Well, the rules have just changed. Fashion has taken a ride around the merry-go-round several times. We see "fashion" from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, and we're in a whole new millenium! My point is, while white clothes after labour day may be a fashion faux-pas, white shoes are not.

How do I know this?

Well, personally, if you saw me, you wouldn't take fashion advice from me. I am an avid watcher of TLCs "What Not To Wear" though, and have seen almost every episode since the show started. Again, the fashion has changed, several times, throughout the seasons of that show they have definitely changed their standards to better suit the seasonal changes in fashion, but a few rules have always remained the same:

1. Never wear skin tight tapered pants.

2. Big hair is a no-no.

3. Go easy on the patterns.

4. Women over 35 should not wear mini skirts.

And finally...

5. White shoes are permitted after labour day.

A Run Down of the Rules

1. Never wear skin tight tapered pants.

Skin tight tapered pants are absolutely unflattering. There's no other way to describe it. While you may think "Oh my butt looks nice in these," take a look at your legs. Or vice versa. There will always be some part of you bulging out somewhere, and if not, then wearing skin tight tapered pants might make you look a bit like a tree. Steer clear!

2. Big hair is a no-no.

Your hair is the feature that frames your face, if you have big hair, it makes your face look smaller. Always think of the shape of your face when choosing a hairstyle, but stay away from big hair! Everyone wants to be looked in the eyes when we're being spoken to, not peeked at through hair.

3. Go easy on the patterns.

I'm definitely not saying don't use any patterns at all, just use them sparingly. If you have a patterned shirt, put on flat coloured pants. Always try to use soft patterns too, nothing too loud, a little bit goes an awful long way. If you want to add more "spunk" to your outfit, try adding it with accessories instead of large prints on clothing. Try a patterned hat or shoes, or some jewelery.

4. Women over 35 should not wear mini skirts.

This is a very generalized rule, but mainly based for the people who are willing to grow up. I think the rule should be "Only people between the ages of sixteen to thirty-five should wear mini skirts." We see entirely too many twelve year old girls wearing mini skirts and halter tops, and quite honestly, it's disgusting, but not nearly as disgusting as seeing a seventy year old woman wearing a mini skirt. Save the mini skirts for the women who can pull it off!

5. White shoes are permitted after labour day.

Being from Canada, I honestly don't know who actually follows the rule of "No white after labour day," I don't understand why it's a rule, and I find it quite stupid. This is for everyone else though, not me. Honestly, who looks at peoples feet and thinks "Oh my goodness she's wearing white shoes after labour day!" Whatever the reason is, my guess is that this rule was passed so people can still get that little bit of white in after labour day.

All Summed Up

Well, we've looked at the rules, here's the list once more:

1. Never wear skin tight tapered pants.

2. Big hair is a no-no.

3. Go easy on the patterns.

4. Women over 35 should not wear mini skirts.

One more thing I would like to add, technically it's always after a labour day, so really I think you should be able to wear white whenever you want, unless you never want to wear it again.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed and found at least a bit of help in these rules.


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    • Nikki D. Felder profile image

      Nikki D. Felder 

      8 years ago from Castle Hayne, N.C.

      Thanks. I asked a question about white and was told the Labor Day rule. I really like this hub. A friends little boy wore white pants to my daughter's party yesterday. He was sharp and amazingly stayed clean!

    • Robz105 profile imageAUTHOR

      Robyn Hartling 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm Canadian, so I couldn't write a hub about Labour day, like I said, I don't know anything about it or where it even came from lol, these are just rules I got from the show =P

    • CASE1WORKER profile image


      8 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Perhaps a hub on what labour day is and means might enlighten the bemused Brit who is as we speak binning her mini skirts leggings and booking an appointment to get her hair cut- a really funny hub


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