Should you wear white after Labor Day?

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Wearing white after Labor Day has been labeled as a fashion faux pas for years and years. But in today's modern world, does this old school rule still apply?

They may not be sure who first said it or where it came from --
"I have no idea, but it must have been some special fashionista that decided that," said Jolynn Garcia-Tillman, Consignment Coordinator for Jo's Clothes in Downtown Grand Junction.

But women like Tillman say now that Labor Day has passed, her white clothes better get used to the closet.

"I agree, I think that all white is worn before Labor Day and then after that you kind of veer off of it," said Tillman. "People are ready for a change this time of year"

Julie Groll, who owns the Blue River Trading Company boutique, says when it comes to stocking her shelves this time of year, things like white jeans, white skirts, and white summer dresses will be taken down.

"We stay away from it and we go to more richer, darker, warmer colors," said Groll.

But she says white won't disappear altogether -- and despite what the old rule says, modern fashion believes certain kinds of white are acceptable.

"After Labor Day, it turns into winter white," said Groll. "We would do a little more creamy, little more subtle softer white."

Something other local women agreed with.

"White comes in different textures, different shades, so I don't think that rule really applies any more," said Grand Junction resident Joyce Schaefer.

Fashion experts say that hints of white paired with neutral or fall colors can also be chic post-Labor Day.

But at the end of the day, women say it's all about personal choice.

"I think you should go with what looks good for you and makes you feel good," said Schaefer.

"The weather is gorgeous here long after Labor Day, so why let a little thing like someone else's opinion prevent you from being comfortable?" said Jocelyn Mullen.

Local boutiques we spoke to say one thing people should start to pack up this time of year are clothes made out of lighter fabrics like linen.


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