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Post-Labor Day Dispatch
Hello friends, subscribers, Substack wanderers.
Dropping a post here to say the September newsletter will arrive next week!
In the meantime, enjoy these illustrations about breaking some fashion faux pas.
I remember being told not to wear white after Labor Day. I don’t wear white much anyway, but I got curious about where this message originated. Part of it was practical (ie. white is cooler in the sun; black absorbs the sun’s heat), though some of it was (non-shockingly) classist.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac:
Wearing white was a sign of wealth. Some historians believe that this rule was actually a way for the wealthy to separate themselves from the working class. Not only could they afford vacations—and the expensive clothes to match—but they didn’t do work that stained their white clothes. Middle-class laborers, on the other hand, often wore darker colors even in the summer to hide the dirt and grime that accumulated after a hard day’s work.
There will always be someone there to remind us of outdated rules—telling us not to do it. I’m going to buy white jeans just to rock them through Fall!
See you next week for the “Back to School” newsletter—packed with more illustrations, free gifts, September playlist, and a stroll down memory lane featuring artwork dating all the way back to high school.
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