No white after Labor Day…
We all say this phrase as if it’s fact (even if semi-joking). But where did it come from and what does it mean?
In the 1930’s the difference between the upper and lower classes was significantly more prominent. The middle class had not yet gotten its legs or risen to today’s prominence. The upper class could afford to sail off to cooler climates, usually along the seashore near big resorts. Having wardrobe of lighter colored clothing in less heavy fabrics was a luxury, and something many people were not able to enjoy. The exit from white garments after the summer holiday was a status symbol, showing that you were wealthy enough to own a multitude of garments.
In our modern society, fast fashion has made a more expansive closet far more accessible. But at what cost? Fashion is the third most polluting industry in the world, and one of the largest consumers of water. Americans throw away over 14 million tons of textiles a year. Over 99% of the clothing thrown away in the US can be recycled or reused, but sadly more than 85% ends up in landfills. Try investing in pieces that are made with sustainable fabrics that will not only last for many seasons, but is a healthy investment in the planet.