As a little girl, I wasn't allowed to wear white before Memorial Day. That meant I wore black patent leather shoes and colored dresses for Easter. No white shoes or dresses for me! Those rules seem so old-fashioned now, but my mom and Grandma refused to budge. In fact, I still hear their stern warnings in my mind every time I think about wearing my white jeans in March. So what are the rules today?
Traditionally, women wore white only in the summertime.
- The color doesn’t hold heat. Women stayed cooler and more comfortable under the hot summer sun when they wore white rather than dark clothes.
- Societal ladies wore white during their summer vacations in the country. Switching their wardrobes from dull, urban colors to white, airy clothing indicated status and worth.
- Middle class women in the 1950s needed rules as they navigated changing trends and styles. Wearing white between Memorial Day and Labor Day was an accepted fashion rule everyone followed without exception.
Our moms and grandmas followed these traditions, but it’s time to break free!
Here are a few ways you can rock white and stay stylish.