By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM, and Sarah Ward, Conselle Affiliate
In many places, women are still wearing white after Labor Day because it’s still hot outside! In the New York Times on September 19, Anna Dello Russo, the fashion director for Vogue Japan, was pictured wearing a white Yves Saint Laurent dress saying “it’s still warm outside, and nice to still have a summery feel.” Wearing white shoes are perfectly appropriate until the weather changes, until it gets cloudy and we need to dress warmer.
The “rule” about not wearing white after Labor Day is a rule that didn’t need to be. What is the logic behind the so-called rule?
It’s not about Labor Day, it’s about the annual temperature change. In theory, it is just after Labor Day when temperatures get cooler and we opt for warmer clothes. Warmer fall to winter clothes are generally darker, in keeping with darker skies.
Darker clothes, we know, absorb the light and heat, keeping us warmer. When we’re wearing dark clothes, white shoes simply attracts too much attention to themselves. Hence, the advice to wear darker shoes. Attention can then move up to the face for better communication. It works!
Copyright Judith Rasband and Conselle L.C. 2010
Judith Rasband is the Image Expert and the Chairman of the Board for the Image Consultant’s Society International. Visit www.conselle.com or call 801-224-1207 to learn more.