All the intelligent stuff I write *snicker* and this is probably my most Googled post from last year. Enjoy!
I grew up being repeatedly told not to wear white shoes after Labor Day – ever!!! It was considered almost as bad as
routingrooting for the Yankees – sacrilegious (go Red Sox)! White pocketbooks – Goodwill or bye bye until next year. White pants – back to the clothes storage trunk. Now that I’ve lived all over the US, I wonder how true this fashion diva rule applies anymore? If you read me regularly (if you don’t I’ll have my mother harass you until you do), you know this is not a “pundit” type blog (I had to look Pundit up in the dictionary), this is not an essay style blog (more wham bam thank you m’am or sir), this is no wannabe journalism blog (way too many of those – big yawn), this is not a blog where you will see a ton of research (I already survived a thesis thank you), but this pondering Sex in the City type question was really driving me nuts (more than normal), so I had to go out of my comfort (lazy) zone and do a little research.
I know, by now you are saying to yourself, Greta, please tell me the answer I have to know what to do with those beautiful white stilettos in my closet, so here is the research and my personal conclusion…
At Manolo’s Shoe Blog the answer is clearly sure, if you have great shoes – by all means wear them!
The Etiquette Grrrls.com say 1 a) “Can I wear White Shoes / Linen / Sandals / Straw Handbags / Seersucker / Other Warm-Weather Clothing before Memorial Day or after Labor Day?”
Nope. Unless you want to look like a Fashion Victim, that is. We’ll make an exception for Brides and Nurses on the White Shoes, and for Monks on the Sandals, but in all other cases, the answer is a firm no.
The Queen of West Procrastination is rebelling and only wearing white.
Becky a kindergarten teacher is hanging them up for the winter.
Everything 2 says
Wearing white shoes after Labor Day is considered a fashion no-no. It’s not a good idea, and something your mother should have taught you. Supposedly white is not a fall color.
Apparently the young people don’t know this, or maybe fashion has changed.
Most people will remember this fashion rule after seeing the movie “Serial Mom.” The director used this fashion rule to show how ludicrous the Mom/plot/society is. According to a critic, it was a plot device to advance “an uproariously witty satire on ‘petty’ bourgeois American values.” In other words, she beats the white-shoe-wearer senseless.
GRETA: Well, I guess I am brainwashed and just can’t do it. As a matter of fact I never wear white shoes anymore so it is a non-issue from me. If you decide you have to wear your white shoes, don’t be sad when you end up on the back of Glamour with a black bar over your face. But truly, do you really give a rat’s what anyone else thinks???
(c/p at NOLA.com)