In spite of the official fall season, it's still warm in SoCal, so I can't think of wearing jeans during the day (I explained why in this post). So yes, my go-to outfit, on pretty much any given day is a dress. But not all dresses are made the same. Sometimes, I want to wear a dress that covers everything up without being or feeling constricting - you know, something I can throw on and run, if I need to. Shirt dresses are perfect for that.
I also talked about how I find and where I shop for affordable clothing here. It was in one of those stores once again that I found this shirt dress I'm wearing here, for which I have received many compliments. I have worn it so many time already, just because it's that comfortable.
Yes, here I am shamelessly wearing white after Labor Day.
It's bewildering to me that in this day and age, people are still following the "no-white after Labor Day" rule.
I read somewhere that this so-called fashion rule comes from the 1900s, when women were wearing dresses so long that they touched the ground. Labor Day marked the beginning of the rainy season, therefore, wearing white was a no-no, since they would get extremely dirty in the muddy streets. During those times, it made perfect sense to switch to darker colors and forget about white until after the warm season would come back.
I follow rules that make sense and I would like to understand, why, out of all the ones in this country, this is one that some people follow as if it was a religion. I am not trying to shame anyone for doing so, I only want to understand one's position, so I stop feeling like I'm committing a fashion-crime every time I decide to wear this color this time of the year.
To me, there really is something about wearing white ANY time of the year, that makes me feel more sophisticated, light and lady-like; after all, I do have to be more careful about keeping white - white.
While everyone is thinking about fall, and rushing into it, I can't help but linger in the summer. Truth be told, I hate cold weather and I hate layering. Layers make me feel heavy and not that comfortable. And no matter how many layers I had on while we lived in colder climates, I was still always cold.
As we're heading into the Labor Day long weekend, I'm still wearing my whites and summer-fit clothes.
I know there are debates over wearing white after Labor Day, and I simply don't get the "no-white" rule, especially in SoCal. As we head into fall, we usually have a lot of warm, sunny days, so not wearing white here is outrageous in my book - call me a rule-breaker.
We have finally had some perfect low-80s days here in SoCal and we couldn't have been happier. I was able to put on something other than a dress and, truth be told, I was looking forward to that.
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