The White Stuff

White or no white? That is the question. Chances are, if you work with women, you’ve heard the “No White After Labor Day” buzz around the office in the last few weeks. Is this a milestone of attire etiquette or merely an antiquated concept of our parent’s generation? One of my coworkers came into work today in a white suit, and winced as she walked past our female dominated division, waiting for us all to pounce on her. We’ve spent the better part of the day talking about it, but haven’t been able to come up with any conclusive concrete evidence to support the rule. I always figured that it was so you wouldn’t lose ivory-clad friends in the snow. So as long as it’s still warm out, why not rock your white pants? Or is the rule only about shoes?

I did some googling today and found a few interesting tidbits on this fashion phenomenon, and discovered that even college students at Howard were on the same page. My favorite quote from the article is from one of the “Howard men”.

“I honestly have never heard about that rule, ever, until right now. . . In terms of fashion, wear what you like, whenever you like, and you’ll be fine”

But did this directive ever effect men? Can you imagine Ludacris worrying about putting on the wrong pair of Jordans on September 1st? Holla at a Scholar!

Actually, the first person to speak up to my white-suited coworker this morning was a dude. “White? It’s September, Debbie.” Believe it or not, he is a hetero male, who happens to come from a lovely Montgomery County family. Let’s keep in mind, that this dressing decree came from a world of high society as a status symbol centuries ago. Old habits die hard, my mom still packs her white shoes around after the Labor Day barbeque.

If high-fashion designers and clothiers are adding white pieces to their fall and winter lines, I think it is safe to say that we have freed ourselves from the chains of this archaic statute of style. Hey, if you can get away with wearing white, work it. I promise I won’t tell Miss Manners.

4 Comments so far

  1. Lisette (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    I ride the metro everyday and I am always amazed at the things I see. Today there was a beautiful girl, I believe she might have been Persian. She had on the traditional head scarf, but she was wearing some loose fitting pants. I noticed the scraf first, then her face was the next thing that caught my attention. Exquisitely beautiful is the best description. As I was reading the paper, I glance in her direction and she was sitting in a very comfortable position with her legs slightly apart, but she was wearing pants, so no big deal, until I noticed the most perfect camel track I had ever seen. I was caught totally off guard and I must have stared at it for an extended time, but when I finally look up at her, she gave me the most beautiful smile. Was she flirting with me? I hope she was, it definitely made my day. A great way to start the day.


  2. Slambam (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 12:00 pm

    That is, quite possibly, the hottest blog comment I’ve ever received.

  3. Don (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 12:33 pm

    Wait, did I accidentally load instead of Metblogs? Camel -track- is a new one on me, but it’s definitely more appealing-sounding than ‘toe.’ Nice one.

  4. Slambam (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 12:35 pm

    Agreed, I’m also a huge fan of Ninja Foot.

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