Now we’ve all heard the saying “you shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day,” but if that rule doesn’t apply to a style icon like Gigi Hadid, then we don’t think it holds much weight anymore. The 26-year-old model was seen out and about yesterday in New York City, possibly preparing for fashion week, wearing an all-white outfit, in direct opposition to one of the biggest “fashion laws” of the modern era. But is it really that big of a deal?
The outfit in question consisted of a white button-up vest with an open neckline and midriff, while the white pants were baggy and casual. The model finished off the look with a pair of classic black and white Chuck Taylor sneakers, black sunglasses and and a beige handbag with floral motifs.
So, where exactly did the “you can’t wear white after labor day” saying come from anyway?
Well, back in the early 1900’s, there was a dress code and etiquette for most things in life. Victorian standards of life were more strict, especially with fashion and style, than we see today. The whole ethos behind the idea was that white and light colors were meant for vacation homes by the ocean or out in nature, not in New York City like Gigi.
But now that we live in a world that isn’t as high-strung about a fashion faux pas, a celebrity wearing white out and about in the city, after a certain day, doesn’t mean anything. Simply a stylistic choice based on what she pulled out of the closet that day. In fact, it’s on trend with other all-white and beige outfits we’ve been seeing amongst celebrities recently.
Moral of the story, the Victorians were unnecessarily strict about their dress code and, in 2021, wear whatever makes you feel good.