September 04, 2010

"No White After Labor Day..."

Not wearing white after labor day is one social norm...what are some others? Are they relevant, are they followed, are they serious???

16 comments:

  1. ...later for linen...

    ReplyDelete
  2. No white after Labor Day seems silly to me. On the other hand, I think it does make sense to dress seasonally and to think about the weather. I'd wear a different tie on a rainy day, for example, than on a sunny day. And it does look pretty silly when people are dressed for summer in the snow.

    But some matters of manners matter to me. Gentlemen, take your hat off when you're indoors. Somehow, though it's as silly as not wearing white after Labor Day, that seems more important.

    Other matters of manners that make things eisier for others are, obviously, something different, and are important for us to live together civilly.

    ReplyDelete
  3. i don't wear white shoes anyway, and rarely white pants, so i'm kinda immune to this one ... as for others, well i grew up in a church that allowed wearing jeans to mass so i have few restrictions. the hardest for me is at work where i have to wear a suit 4 days a week ... that gets a bit tired. i like jeans and tshirts and can work them into nearly any occassion. cheers!

    ReplyDelete
  4. The social rules...who came up with them? I'm sure there's reason for each one. Instead of focusing on wearing white after Labor Day, we should think about wearing a white wedding when your children are in the wedding. Come on now.

    I guess I do follow the 'no white after LD," but now on purpose. I like the seasonal colors and usually transition with the seasons. But I will support 100% no white shoes...period! And especially white patent leather shoes for anyone over 10 years old.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wear what you want, when you want. Dress according to the weather.

    We are creatures of habit so I think we follow them just simply because?????????

    Joi, I will be wearing white to my wedding with my child as a flower girl. LMBO!!!!!!

    I plan to attend my wedding as a virgin. In my mind, I had my baby the way Mary had Jesus:-) So, I guess I qualify.

    How's that for a social norm. LOL!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Barbara J. LewisSeptember 07, 2010

    Standing when an elderly person enters the room or a person of more prestige. I am not referring to offering a seat--I am specifically stating the practice of 'jumping up' fora dignitary, letting them know they are special and of more val...ue than 'me'.

    I like it -- and I approve...

    Or the old convention: a man stands up when a woman enters the room....

    I like it--and I approve...but I am a female chauvinist pig!

    Then there is the practice of introducing the lessor to the greater, as in: "Mom and Dad, may I present Billy Jones (my pim ply faced date); Billy, these are my parents, Mr. and Mrs. Smith

    Would Emily Post approve? Did I get that right?

    ReplyDelete
  7. Whew, I was nervous there for a second! I think I might have worn white pants yesterday!!! I´ll think on the norm thing...
    to see if it is revelant...
    (ha ha, relevant...was still stuck on the tongue tied thing!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Social Norms...some work really well, provide predictability and help people not to run into each other entering and exiting elevators, and metro...and frankly, make it possible to tolerate sitting at a table with piggy children, or sending... them somewhere else to eat...
    there are some funky ones though, like giving certain people that you live with for many years, or maybe even marry, the excuse to never, ever once put their socks and boxers into the hamper....

    ReplyDelete
  9. Can't wear straw after Labor Day either - that's a no-no along with the white (especially for us "church folks")

    ReplyDelete
  10. Elisabeth C.September 07, 2010

    Having grown up in the 60's, I can testify that we, as a society, have abandoned many of the old rules for public conduct, including almost all the nice getures that used to be expected. I'm not talking about white after Labor Day as much as holding doors for people with packages or nodding hello to strangers. It's a real loss!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I think the Labor Day rule also applies to linen. I think the white shoes are supposed to be put away after Labor Day, but there is "winter" white so it may be that the fabric is more important. I also remember bieng told that velvet shouldn't be worn before "fall" offically begins or after "spring." However, when you live in San Francisco it seems almost imnpossible to follow all of the fashion rules when it's cold in July and warm in October!

    ReplyDelete
  12. @Patrice - you are 100% right: common sense trumps "fashion" -- always has, always will.

    ReplyDelete
  13. White...not anymore. There are no social norms, they all seem to have been broken in the age of "It's about me".

    ReplyDelete
  14. White...not anymore. There are no social norms, they all seem to have been broken in the age of "It's about me".

    ReplyDelete
  15. i don't wear white shoes anyway, and rarely white pants, so i'm kinda immune to this one ... as for others, well i grew up in a church that allowed wearing jeans to mass so i have few restrictions. the hardest for me is at work where i have to wear a suit 4 days a week ... that gets a bit tired. i like jeans and tshirts and can work them into nearly any occassion. cheers!

    ReplyDelete
  16. ...later for linen...

    ReplyDelete

So, what's your take on this? Oh c'mon, share a little!