The Dog Days of August

September 02, 2015


We are heading for a transition period now. With sizzling August behind us, I believe most of us are looking forward to the cooler days of September and the changes that are coming. I’ve always thought that the year starts in September rather than January because a lot of things are happening, e.g., going back-to-school, buying new clothes, making holiday plans for the last four months of the year.

What Are Dog Days?

I’ve been using this expression for years without knowing what it really means. Full disclosure: I actually thought it might have something to do with dogs – as in “Don’t talk to Johnny, he’s in the dog house.” I was totally wrong.

The “Dog Days of Summer” refers to the period between early July and early September. This is when the sizzling hot weather of summer occurs in the northern hemisphere. The term “Dog Days” goes back to the time of the ancient Romans. Because Sirius, the “dog star” rises and sets with the sun they believed that its heat added to that of the sun – thus creating a stretch of hot, sultry weather.

What About Labor Day?

This special day was first celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882 under the Knights of Labor to honor working people. It used to be that Labor Day was the great divide: one didn’t wear white shoes after Labor Day (the first Monday in September) because this was the final day of summer.

However, times have changed because of the shrinking traditional labor unions. Most Americans and Canadians tend to regard the day as the finale of a summer of fun where hot dogs, barbecues and picnics reigned. There are no more rules about what to wear. Thank goodness for that one.

What’s Up For Fall?

The move to September can be iffy at times. Let’s take a look:

  • The weather can go up-and-down. I remember one year when we were visiting friends in New Jersey it was so hot we went for a swim in their pool on October 2nd.
  • During this period you should keep some summer clothes handy – preferably items made of natural fibers such as linen, silk and cotton – they breathe better than synthetics, re: nylon, vinyl and polyester.
  • Cut and color should be taken into consideration. Summer is for looser fitting or flowing apparel and light colors. Fall and winter calls for a tighter fit and darker colors that absorb heat rather than reflect it.
  • Cashmere sweaters that can be worn over a tank or bandeau are perfect for warm days and cool nights. And casual, unlined jackets in denim or cotton are also handy to have during this time.
  • Scarves and shawls come in all fabrics, shapes, styles and colors and can be worn with casual or dressy outfits. Nothing is easier to put on or take off.


We have the perfect solution for fall weather. Our layering tops are great for unpredictable temperatures – hot one minute, cold the next. Wear one of our silky, soft camis under whatever top you choose. This will allow you to handle anything Mother Nature hands out.

Shaun Nelson-Henrick

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