What is the Southern dress code?

Published 3:58 pm Friday, September 1, 2017

As I get dressed for work these last days before Labor Day, I am making sure to wear my white pants for the last time of the year. 

Coming from the North, the traditional fashion rule says you never wear white until Easter and must never, ever wear it after Labor Day. I am left wondering if the same rules apply here in the deep South.

I can understand the rules in Ohio, considering the differences in weather. For instance, I have known it to snow on Halloween in Ohio, and naturally you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing white with the temperature at 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

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But, here in Bainbridge, where the temperatures often rage in the 80’s and 90’s into at least October, I wonder if the fashion police would allow the wearing of white until Halloween.

My co-worker, Jill Holloway, said her sorority club had a dress code that prohibited the wearing of white after Labor Day. Then she added she did have some winter white corduroy pants that obviously you would not wear in hot weather. So there you go. What the heck is winter white anyway? Does that make the question to be all about the fabric?

Along those lines, I have also heard you shouldn’t wear linen after Labor Day. That is one I really don’t get. As long as the weather is hot, I’m going to wear my linen shirts and enjoy the comfort, wrinkles and all.

Who makes these rules, anyway?