Friday, September 4, 2015

Last Chance White Pants

We are just a few days away from Labor Day.  I find Labor Day to be an interesting fashion holiday.  Labor Day marks the end of summer and no more white!  Even though it will still be super-hot here in the south for another month.  In the fashion, world it means time to put away white and bring out the fur vests and boots! So why did Labor Day become a fashion holiday?  I did do some research to find out! 
  1. Wearing white in the summer because it is so hot makes sense. White reflects light making it a lot cooler than wearing darker colors.
  2.  In the mid-1800's, the wealthy ruled the systems and created a lot of fashion rules to separate themselves from the other people in society.  They wore white on vacations to show their status while the lower class worked away in black suits all summer because they couldn’t afford not to work.
  3. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894.  Later on it became known for marking the end of summer.
  4. In the 1950’s, the fashion industry determined white was only worn after Memorial Day and before Labor Day.
So there you have it!  A very brief summary of why white became unacceptable after the first Monday in September.

Raised in the south, I was taught no white shoes or handbags until Easter.  Every year I always got a new pair of crisp white shoes to wear to church Easter Sunday.  Usually accessorized with a big hat and a cute little white purse.  Since Easter is always way before Memorial Day, is this just a fashion loophole for the south?

A couple of my blogger friends, my mom and I all took pictures in our white pants for the last time this summer. You should check out Brittany (@brittrake12)  and Ashley (@ashleyanneruiz).  You will love their accounts! 

Brittany's Outfit 

Brittany's Outfit Details:
Heart Necklace (F21) // Rayne necklace (Kendra Scott) // 
Top (Nordstrom) // Pants (TJ Maxx) // Booties (Old Navy) 


Ashley's Outfit 

Ashley's Outfit Details: 

Denim- Urban Outfitters (TJ Maxx) // Maxi Tank (TJ Maxx) // 
Sandals (PacSun) // Leather Clutch (TJ Maxx) //
 Stone Necklace- DIY // Watch (Casio) 


Kristen's Outfit

Kristen's Outfit Details:

Top (The Limited) // Denim (The Limited) // 
Wedges (Chinese Laundry) //
Gold Bangles (Alex and Ani / The Limited) 


Mom's Outfit 

Mom's Outfit Details:
Top (The Limited) //  Capris (Banana Republic) // 
Wedges (Madden Girl) 

Now that we are approaching fall and winter are you a rule breaker or a rule follower?  I believe the fashion industry created winter white as a way to break the traditional rules (another loophole? I think so!).  The light cream color of winter white has become a huge trend over the last few years. I actually love the creamy color.  It’s so easy to wear and goes great with all my cute booties, fur vests and blanket scarves! Bring on the winter white!! 

Love Leigh


  1. Totally need to break that rule. :)
    I'd love for you to join my Fridays fashions link up.

    1. Hi Jaymie! I would love that! Let me know what I need to do to be apart of your fashion link up!