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Thursday, September 8, 2011

To Wear or Not to Wear: Are Whites After Labor Day Okay?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 3:44 PM

KATE CONGER
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Labor Day always causes fashion confusion. All our grandmas have always told us not to wear white after Labor Day, but the story changes slightly depending on the grandma. Mine, for instance, believed the rule was no white shoes after the holiday, but that any other white clothing was fine. There are also versions of the moratorium that forbid white all together, or that encourage "winter whites." The first noted rule-breaker was Coco Chanel, and in the 90 years since she began wearing white year-round, most of us have followed her lead. Still, Labor Day always sparks the should-we-or-shouldn't-we debate.

KATE CONGER
  • Kate Conger
To me, dressing well even when doing your grocery shopping is a sign of style. I snapped this woman at the Ferry Building farmer's market, and she embodies its casual chic vibe. Her strongest sartorial moments are in the details: the short heel, the cinched waist of the trench coat, the jeweled earrings, and the bow on her cap.

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