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What’s Up With Labor Day? AND I’d LOVE TO WIN!

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   10 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

How is everyone today? This is a busy week for me. I finished my WIP a couple days ago (complete at approximately 105,000 words and now in the hands of my critique partner), and it was a long and painful birth. I had planned on being done with it in January. Gak! Only eight months past schedule. There is still lots of revision work, of course, but not for a while. In addition to that, my daughter’s wedding shower is Saturday here at the house, so that’s top of my to-do list this week.

Since I’ve got a lot of shopping/cleaning/decorating/panicking to do, I’m giving you a reboot of an old blog post from . . . oh, probably five or six years ago. With Labor Day upcoming, it is still apropos, even if it is a week early.

Wishing you all a great week, and I’ll see you next Wednesday!

Oh, wait! I almost forgot! My book cover for LOVE TO WIN won the weekly Creme de la Cover book cover contest over at InD’Tale magazine and is now up for the monthly award. PLEASE click over and vote! (If you voted in the first round a couple weeks ago, I thank you! We won! But please vote again! This is the second round, for the monthly win.) You must sign into the site, but it only takes a second. Please, oh, please, oh, please help LOVE TO WIN take the monthly prize! (If my cover wins, it will get a free full page ad in the magazine.) Please show me some love and vote! Here’s the link again: BOOK COVER CONTEST. 


Labor Day celebrates American workers, but if we’re honest, it mostly signals the last hurrah of summer. Now, when I was a kid, it also meant my white dress shoes were relegated to the back of the closet because “no one wears white after Labor Day.” I once asked my mama why this was so, and her inevitable response was—say it with me—“It just isn’t done.” Labor Day marked the end of white shoes which were to remain in hiding until Easter Sunday and not one second before. This was Fashion Rule #2 in my parents’ house, Fashion Rule #1 being “no mini-skirts allowed.” (Which leads to the secret addendum regarding the rolling up of skirt waistbands and the surreptitious application of eye shadow, but that’s another subject.)

Wearing white after Labor Day is not the fashion faux pas it once was, but old habits die hard, y’all, and even though the fashionistas no longer enforce this particular Labor Law, as it were, my mother held hard and fast to the practice and I find it impossible to break the cycle. I can see myself attending a **NWSALD-Anon meeting for other fashion disasters like myself: “Hi, I’m Lisa, and I’m afraid to wear white after Labor Day.”

I Googled the subject and learned that the Labor Day fashion rule dates back more than one hundred years and, while no one knows exactly where it originated, it may have started as a class distinction. Well-to-do girls knew to abandon their white shoes and girls of a lesser class were clueless—or were smart enough not to dispose of a perfectly good pair of shoes due to color bias. Eventually, the rule came to include not only shoes but fabric as well. Today, fashion designers use white whenever they please, and Labor Day be damned.

So what is my problem, pray tell? I’m stuck in a NWSALD time warp! It kills, because I have the cutest pair of white Candies and I cannot bring myself to slide my feet into them. If I wear them after Labor Day my toes will rot and fall off, I just know it.

So here I sit, sans white shoes (but with my toes intact), to wish you a happy and heartfelt Labor Day.

Do you adhere to this rule? Did you ever? Is there another silly fashion rule that holds you hostage?

Have fun and be safe–

**No White Shoes After Labor Day

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10 Responses to "What’s Up With Labor Day? AND I’d LOVE TO WIN!"

  1. Comment by Stephanie Trietsch
    August 24, 2016 at 9:32 am  

    LOL!! I too am stuck in the NWSALD time warp! I rationalize that if I didn’t put away my linen and whites after Labor Day, as warm weather in the South dictates, I’d wear them pretty much year-round.

    But, in all honesty, I know my sweet grannies would roll over in their grave should I put this tradition aside. It’s bad enough that my purse never matches my shoes, I tend to slump when sitting and I forget lipstick more often than not!

    Hope the shower goes well! Stephanie

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 28, 2016 at 9:16 am  

      We’re sisters in this, Stephanie. My purse never matches anything, unless it’s black. I have two that I switch out. My black one, which is a standard, run-of-the-mill purse, and my “hobo bag” which has paw prints on it, is huge, and made to be worn cross-body. I love it for hands-free shopping, but it took about six months before my daughters stopped teasing me about it. lol

  2. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    August 24, 2016 at 9:54 am  

    A wedding shower-yay! Hope it’s fun and not too terribly hot.

    Hahahhaaa! OF COURSE IT WILL BE HOT. Wear white sandals and pass out funeral home fans to the guests. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 28, 2016 at 9:14 am  

      Hahaha! The shower was yesterday and went off without a hitch. No fans needed. 🙂

  3. Comment by Pat
    August 24, 2016 at 10:56 am  

    I sometimes break the rule, but not without guilt.

    Enjoy the shower, sounds like fun!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 28, 2016 at 9:13 am  

      Me too, Pat.

  4. Comment by Sioux
    August 24, 2016 at 6:39 pm  

    I try to stay away from white at ALL times. Dark colors are more slimming and if I wear a white top, any spaghetti sauce or salsa that’s being eaten within a seven-mile radius is attracted to my chest (or my gut) like a heat-seeking missile.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 28, 2016 at 9:13 am  

      Haha…I think that’s part of Murphy’s Law. And you know what also is the case? Having that happen and not realizing it, and then walking around all day with a splotch you did’t know was there. Gak.

  5. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    August 29, 2016 at 4:09 pm  

    Ditto what Sioux said about white. 🙂 Growing up my mother also had this rule and my sisters and I never questioned it. I did break it, however, when I got married in April. lol

    Glad the shower went off without a hitch!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 31, 2016 at 7:22 pm  

      Thanks. 🙂

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