I mean really where would our society be without a set of rules and a protocol of niceties? But not wearing white after Labor Day? Who said so and why? My friend Gail posted a link (from the web site Mental Floss) on Facebook that answers that question and so I’m going to post the link in this blog.
But first I’m going on record as YES I was and am one of those people who adhere to that ancient admonition about not wearing white after Labor Day. I didn’t know I was following in the footsteps of some former elitist class but then again as a child of the 50’s that was how I was taught and so I passed it on to my daughter born in the late 70’s. I know she followed that rule for some years after she left home but now it’s doubtful especially since she is living in Florida!
My husband on the other hand strictly adheres to the no spectator shoes before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. It may be an antiquated way of thinking and behaving but when surrounded by a couple of generations that seem to have a no holds barred and anything goes attitude, it feels good to cling a few of the old rules. Decorum has its place in society. Or would you rather walk down the street and pass young men with their pants hanging below their rear ends or girls wearing colorful bras and an open shirt or short shorts so short one wonders why not just wear the thong that the whole world can see anyway? Or watch an awards show and see the entertainers half or more naked on the stage (because really what is that all about?). Yes I must be getting on in years, showing my age (and my sensibilities). But it isn’t fun to be on a bus or train trapped by loud-speaking-totally-unconcious-of-the-world-around-them youths who carry on phone and personal conversation at a decibel level practically illegal!
So YES I will stop wearing white after Labor Day, No I will not wear gloves or a hat when I go out shopping, YES I try to wear age-appropriate clothing, NO I will not carry on a cell phone conversation on the bus, in an elevator or during dinner in a restaurant. YES I always allow people older than myself out of the elevator or through a doorway before me and NO I don’t wear suede UGGS in the spring and summer with a Sundress!
Well now that I’ve had my rant, here’s the link to the article: http://mentalfloss.com/article/12424/why-can%E2%80%99t-you-wear-white-after-labor-day