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Here’s Why Americans Don’t Wear White After Labor Day

Today’s fashion magazines advise readers to ignore the rule

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Labor Day- a holiday linked to workers’ rights and wearing white. Pixabay

This Monday is Labor Day in the United States — a holiday linked to workers’ rights and wearing white.

That may sound strange, but it is true. Many Americans put away their white clothes on Labor Day and do not wear them again until the following May, after Memorial Day.

One reason for the clothing custom relates to the season. In the United States, the months between June and September are summer.

The weather is usually hot, including in Northeast cities like Boston, Massachusetts and New York, New York. Many people there historically wore light-colored clothing in the summertime to keep cool.

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First lady Melania Trump ignored the rule against wearing white after Labor Day by appearing in a white pantsuit at the 2018 State of the Union address in Washington, Jan. 30, 2018. VOA

Judith Martin is an expert on manners – in other words, on how to behave politely. She spoke to Time Magazine about the history of wearing white in the summer.

She said that Americans in the 1800s and early 1900s wore formal clothes all year long. Wearing white clothes in the summertime may have felt more comfortable because “white is of a lighter weight,” Martin said.

Then, in about the 1930s, wearing white clothes in the summertime became fashionable, too. That is because some wealthy Americans in Northeast cities went on vacation for weeks or months in the summer. They stayed in costly hotels or summer houses. The white clothes they wore there became linked to ease, beauty and money.

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But at the end of summer, around Labor Day, they put those white clothes away and returned to their lives in the city – as well as to their darker, heavier clothes. In time, not wearing white after Labor Day became a bit of a fashion rule. Following it showed that you were wealthy — or at least that you knew how to act like you were.

Today’s fashion magazines, however, advise readers to ignore the rule. They point to Coco Chanel, Kim Kardashian and Michelle Obama, who have appeared in white in all seasons.

But you may want to be careful about wearing white to an American-style Labor Day barbecue.

The trouble is not fashion – it is ketchup. If it spills, the popular red tomato sauce can ruin a nice set of clothes. (VOA)

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Here’s Your Guide to Find the Right Pair of Jeans

Here's how you can choose the right denim

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To find the right pair of jeans, one needs to understand their body type and shape. Pixabay

BY PUJA GUPTA

Jeans are a staple in every person’s wardrobe. They can be dressed up for a fancy look or be dressed down for a casual, stress-free look. Jeans also exude personality and signify a sense of freedom in millennials. However, the right fit is inevitable to ensure it enhances the look of the wearer.

To find the right pair of jeans, one needs to understand their body type and shape. Design expert Abhishek Yadav, Spykar Lifestyles offers some insights to finding the perfect pair of denim.

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The perfect jeans for women can always enhance their bodies. Pixabay

Women’s Guide:

Every woman is known to have a different body. There are always elements of your body that you want to enhance and draw attention to more. Here are a few tips to help you to find out what fits you perfectly.

To enhance an hourglass-shaped body, one must try out straight cut, boot cut and flared pants. They offer a great fit for the figure and further accentuate the waist. For tall women, high waist denim is always a good option, whereas, for shorter framed women, mid-rise denim are comparatively more flattering.

Cropped jeans, boyfriend jeans offer a relaxed fit which helps in balancing apple-shaped bodies. Another great option is GYMJNS, which are all the rage right now due to their high stretch quotient, making them extremely comfortable.

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Straight cut jeans and regular fit are very fashionable for men. Pixabay

Men’s Guide:

For men who have a thin-framed body, straight cut jeans and regular fit would make them look extremely stylish and be the most flattering. One should ensure the jeans do not overwhelm the body frame. Vintage vibe has been all the rage this season. Sport this trend with some aged denim and un-tucked linen shirts for the ultimate cool look.

Men with athletic bodies can opt for a slim fit and regular fit denim.
Broad framed men can look for mid-rise and relaxed fit denim for a flattering fit. Un-tucked shirts are a great way to dress up or dress down.

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No matter what the occasion or day; there is a pair of denim for everyone. Identifying the right one for yourself is what can make you win the fashion game! (IANS)