Monday, September 9, 2013

My Daughter's Modest Monday ~ Do You Wear White after Labor Day?

My mother was always a stickler for not wearing white after Labor Day.

As August would approach, I would watch the calendar, counting the days until the cut-off, figuring how many more Sundays I had for white shoes and sandals, wondering what I would wear during that in-between-summer-and-fall time of muggy heat in September.

{My husband rolls his eyes here. J}

I didn’t complain about that rule as a child or a teen. I can see some logic in it. After all, we need some guidelines or pretty soon we get people shopping in Wal-Mart in pajamas and slippers or jogging in just a sports undergarment.

But now that I’m responsible for six little souls, protecting, cherishing, nurturing, praying…I just can’t see the point.


When children need training in the admonition of the Lord…

When families are broken and hurting and need the love of Jesus Christ…

When jobs are unstable and some are grateful just to have a meal on the table…

When immorality is rampant and protection of our children is necessary more than ever…

When relationship, laughing and crying together, is what keeps us afloat…

When it’s a time struggle just to get six children up and ready for Sunday morning church…

When so much is striving for my time and energy, I’m willing to relax on the no-white-after-Labor-Day rule.

{My husband breathes a deep sigh of relief here. J}

Besides, there’s just something sweet and wholesome and innocent about a little girl in white ruffle socks and white fancy shoes.

In the end, I guess I’m not willing to stress out about colors until the temperature is at least out of the 80s. In our part of the country, that’s the middle to end of September.





What the 7yo wore ~

Jumper/sundress ~ Kohl’s sale originally, now hand-me-down from the 11yo
White tee-shirt ~ Wal-Mart
White frilly socks ~ Target
White shoes ~ hand-me-down from sisters



Pink hair frill ~ Target {years ago when it was only $1}









What are your thoughts on wearing white after Labor Day?



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24 comments:

  1. I figure if I want to wear white what difference does it make. People wear shorts and flip flops all winter. Especially when it is still warm. Really what is the difference in white and light colors we wear. More important things for sure.

    Sweet picture!!

    Charlotte Moore

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    1. Here in the Midwest, I sometimes see people in shorts and sweatshirts when the temperature dips into the 50s. They must be furnaces, because I would freeze! :)

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  2. We have no color restrictions for time of year at our house. As a matter of fact I don't even require the children's outfits to match if they feel strongly about it. Yesterday for example Emma, my 7 year old, chose her clothes for church. A green skirt and a pretty top that was lavender, blue, and white. It really didn't match in the least. So I let her know which shirts did go well with the skirt but ultimately she was who decided what to wear. My goal - modesty! So long as she was modest and in something appropriate to church (a skirt or dress) she was fine.

    And I agree, there are so many other things to do, worry about, and focus on.

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    1. I agree, Tristan. Too many times it just isn't worth the battle. Clean, neat, and modest.

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  3. Awww, she's beautiful! I too grew up with the no wearing white after labor day but it's not a rule I stick to now with my children. I figure as long as the weather is still hot, humid, and sunny go for it! :) As the weather gets colder we just naturally start wearing darker colored clothing. I try to be frugal in my shopping when it comes to clothes. (hand me downs, second hand stores or Clarence items) with modesty the primary goal. Thankfully it has paid off. My girls, especially my youngest (she's 13 now) is very conscious about how her clothes look on her and the message it sends. Many times my sister would give me clothes that my niece had outgrown and as we would go through them my youngest would say, "I'm not wearing that!" I would smile and say in my heart "good for you." Then we would pack up what we didn't keep and donate the rest. One rule I do emphasize though is: Absolutely no wearing pajama's outside of the house! How you look out in public (whether it's at work or the store) should be different than how you look at home. Actually now that I think about it, I've always insisted that my children get dressed every day even though we homeschool and stay home most days. I'm all for being comfortable but there's a limit. Thankfully my girls agree. :) Thanks for sharing Meghan. I always look forward to your posts. :) Sorry my post is so long. Hope you have a great day!

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    1. I've done that as well with boxes of hand-me-downs. And we get dressed, fix hair, etc. every day as well. Clean and neat is important.

      My mother will turn 81 soon. She grew up in an age of prayer and Scripture in her public school; playing outside with good, wholesome friends; parents watching out for everybody's children since they had, for the most part, like-minded values. {Sigh.} I think I might be more interested in the no-white-after-Labor-Day rule in that sort of safe environment. But I just can't keep everything else together enough. If someone can and wants to follow that rule, good for them! :)

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  4. I have never been in to fads. I don't think it really matters whether you wear white or brown black or any color. Modesty is the key. And so many put their selves into stuff that doesn't matter. What matters is what you said about raising godly children. I don't wear white shoes in winter just because its cold. But I have worn a white skirt.

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    1. There was a fashion a while ago of "winter white." But I never could understand what the difference was between winter white and summer white. Maybe the heavier fabric for winter? I can see a white wool skirt maybe with black or brown boots. Snowy white boots? (Now I'm showing my complete lack of fashion sense! :) Maybe I do need a rule. ) You're spot on, Michelle, though. "Modesty is the key."

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  5. I've never followed that rule. She looks great!

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  6. I usually naturally wear darker colors after Labor Day, but occasionally I will wear some tan or white sweaters. I actually thought about this after I got dressed for church this Sunday, as I was wearing an all white dress. Even though I don't adhere to the rule strictly, I wondered if it might be a little much. Then I decided that when the weather starts acting like fall, then I'll dress like it's fall!

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    1. In the 90s here for the next few days, Jessica. I think you're right -- we just naturally gravitate toward the darker colors as the weather changes. Thanks for commenting! :)

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  7. That is a very cut jumper your daughter is wearing. I wore white stockings and shoes to church last Sunday telling my husband I thought it would be fine until October. He had never hear of the "no white after Labor Day" thing! (The oldest of ten children, he was raised more sensibly!)

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    1. I like your word choice...sensibly. :) In a warmer climate, I would guess the rule doesn't apply anyway.

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  8. When we stop swimming in the pool everyday (in our modest swimsuits of course), then I'll worry about it. My girls have worn sandals to church all summer, so for us, spanning the time between hot fall, and winter black shoes is hard.
    We have navy maryjane crocs that are great. White keds, with frilly socks are also great for in between.

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    1. That's a good way to time it, Janet. Thanks for the suggestions. :)

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  9. I broke the "no white after Labor Day" rule just last Sunday. And, believe it or not, the elderly ladies sitting behind me agreed. We're just bustin' out all over, aren't we? You're right, we have bigger issues to expend our energy on! (And I do like my white sandals. . . just a little bit longer pleeeeease?)

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  10. I never heard of that before, LOL!! I thought it was after September 21st or so. I grew up where it stayed hot sometimes through Christmas and then in high school I was in Hawaii...white is always "in" :-) I wore a white blouse and sweater today...ooops!! I enjoyed your post :-) Meghan.

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    1. Definitely always white shoes and sandals in Hawaii, Judith! :) Aloha!

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  11. I'm so not a fashion person at all, but I never really understood the "no white after labor day" thing...

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    1. I'm not a fashion person either, Crystal, so it's kind of funny that I would even do posts on clothing. Yeah, some things just don't make a lot of sense. :)

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  12. I grew up with that rule, but lived in a cooler climate. Now I live in a warmer climate and we wear white until it gets cool. I wonder if it has something to do with wearing white when there is the potential for white frost or snow. Maybe someone should write a research paper on it :)

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    1. I have often wondered where that rule came from, Suanna. Why don't you get back with us when you get those research results? :)

      Seriously, here is an interesting article about the history and current thought on the fashion rule -- http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1920684,00.html

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