No White After Labor Day?
Not wearing white after labor day has been one of the tenets I was brought up on. It was a southern tradition, an unwavering rule steeped in such dogma that it was never questioned. I am writing here to go out on a limb and say that this may not always be the case.
No more white linen at the races – not until next summer anyway
Don’t get me wrong – the white linen suit may have to be banished to your closet until next summer, but depending on where one lives, white might be quite acceptable up until the end of baseball season. (Regular season, not the playoffs) Glen O’Brien, “The Style Guy” and resident sartorialist at GQ Magazine agrees with me. White pants are a hard sell in October, no matter where you live, but for those of us fortunate enough to abide in Southern California, Florida, or other coastal, Mediterranean climes, breezy white shirts, light khakis, or even a white blazer can be pulled off on most any occasion where sunglasses are worn, or a rum based cocktail is sipped.
Some may blame global warming for this elongated summer, but I attribute it to a softening of historic norms and a shift away from the rigidity of social traditions. All that being said though, I still cannot approve of white bucks after today, which might be the Southern Gentleman in me standing his ground. Oh well. Mint juleps all around!