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Go Ahead, Wear White

Go Ahead, Wear White

Valerie Steele from the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology notes that in the late 19th century as more people were entering the middle classes, these newly rich were often unaware of the standards of high society, so they were given specific codified rules to follow in order to fit in–possibly the origin of the tenet not to wear white after Labor Day.

No one seems to know for certain where the edict came from. All I know is that I, for one, love to wear white all late-summer, winter, and early spring. Call me unable to follow the rules to fit into high society, call me a Miss Manners disobeyer, I like white.

Now here’s the rub, I have been avoiding white through all four seasons: I live in a very wonderful but very dirty city; I have two children under the age of 7; I have three dogs; I don’t use bleach. But I’m nothing if not determined. So armed with the following stain-removing tips, this year I intend to forge on through the next few dirty seasons, in my best winter whites and with a sassy shrug to Emily Post.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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3:17AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

Thanks for sharing

8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Having never paid attention to the silliness of Fashion Dictates from Above, Below or Beyond when it comes to the colours or neutrals of the free spirit always choose the colours of choice be it Labour Day or a walk on a summer or winter day!

Hit the button but no reaction, often the comment does not show up but this time there was not even a "connect" so will try again, Lol!

8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Oh I see, the problem on my comment below was that I had forgotten to get rid of the Share My Comment on Facebook link as that often brings on the blank white screen.

Lately after hitting the orange "add comment" button many of our comments have not been showing up right away even though the computer shows that things are "connecting" via the sign of the circling connecting circle so I avoid hitting the comment button another time or that will just repeat my comment. However since I did not get even get the "connecting" or the blue 20 point stamp which appears after hitting the "add comment" it was safe to hit the comment button again for the comment that I made below.

Be patient fellow Care2 followers, if you see the 20 points showing after you have hit the add comment button and then your comment has not appeared don't feel too frustrated and hit the button yet again as your comment will eventually appear, it is just caught out there in cyber space and this week in June has been very slow indeed for our comments to show up. It will appear, just not when you want to see it there. Come back later and you will see it!

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7:44AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Yeah...I still think twice about white shoes before Easter..........

5:12PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Thank you.

6:44AM PDT on Oct 1, 2011


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