We’ve all heard the adage about us not being allowed to wear white after the Labor Day holiday weekend. Honestly, the idea is preposterous and something we are willing to revolt against. Here’s why!
Labor Day was created to honor the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, so what does that even have to do with how we dress ourselves?
In the late 1800s towards the early 1900s, this “rule” originated from the wives of the rich and powerful high society after the Civil War. They made rules to combat outsiders who had “new money.” These days, we are rewriting the script. After all, which minimalist could go without the familiarity of the crisp, white oxford?
But wait, there are still rules to donning your white threads.
1. To effectively incorporate white, stay away from white dress shoes. Switch them for a pair of white Keds, other comfortable, multipurpose shoes or trade them in for good. Seriously, save them for your wedding day.
2. Always keep a white oxford handy. This works well with your favorite pair of jeans for a more lax day or with chinos for a dressier look. The white oxford is a classic and it will never go out of style or season.
3. Wear white denim. Yes, it sounds a bit scary, but it is a must for warm weather and it’s not too cold yet. Balance it with darker-hued tops, like navy blue or gray, and pull out those white Keds if you’re feeling sporty. Be sure to keep your denim clean and away from, well, everything.
4. Finally, layering white can be less than flattering and redundant for even the suavest of gentlemen. Stay away from white on the top and bottom unless you are a high-profile male model or you’re headed to the Hamptons. In that case, do whatever you want, you deserve it.
Now you should feel confident enough to still incorporate your favorite white items. Don’t let society kill your style, gentlemen. Wear white and #carryeverything.