August 13, 2014
For years, we’ve heard that tired old adage, “no wearing of white after Labor Day.” Thankfully, times have changed and this boring rule has disappeared.
But, how did it start and why did it last so long? Traditionally, wearing white in the summer was simply a way to keep cool. But in the 1930s, well-off city folk headed out of town to summer resorts wearing white linen suits and Panama hats. The practicality of wearing white had morphed into a status symbol of the wealthy.
So, by the 1950s, the “no white” dictum had turned into a hard-and-fast rule. One notable exception was Coco Chanel who wore white year-round and in the late 1960s was often photographed wearing one of her signature white suits.
This outmoded custom gradually eroded as America shifted from an elitist society where one adhered to tradition – to a more democratic one where individual tastes were deemed relevant.
Fast forward to today where no one looks askance at wearing white after Labor Day. One of the smart ways to approach this is whole subject is to consider variations of white, namely: cream, linen, bone, eggshell, champagne, vanilla and ivory.
MAY WE SUGGEST…
A white top with sleeves and either a V-shaped or scoop neck paired with a blue blazer highlighted with snappy brass buttons makes a perfect outfit that’s offbeat and fun.
Or, how about this: a more casual white top teamed with distressed jeans. For total coolness, we believe the same top would look great with white jeans and a faded denim jacket making a classy transition from late summer to early fall.
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October 22, 2020
I just read an article that sounded – to me at least – like “a canary in a coal mine” or an early warning of danger. This piece, written by Joe Pompeo, appeared in the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the title “The British Tabloid Invasion” and a subtitle that read, “How the Daily Mail is conquering American gossip.”
The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
October 14, 2020
Apparently the good old U.S. is a nation of “not great” sleepers. Really? And I thought I was the only one! According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it was revealed that one out of three Americans are chronically sleep-deprived. Yikes!
October 06, 2020
I think we’re all taken by the incredible mystique of the famous French fashion house, Hermès that has been with us for two centuries and is still owned and operated by the same family. From its beginnings in fine equestrian leather goods, they are – in the tumultuous year 2020 – best known for their handbags and many other items.
My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.