When can you wear white? What do Memorial Day and Labor Day have to do with it?

Recently, we got a message from one of our readers down in Texas that asked if he could wear white shoes to an event at the end of March. White is a tricky color. It’s meant to draw attention and is a great color to wear when its hot outside (i.e. doesn’t absorb the heat). We’ve written about white shoes before in the following post: Can Men Wear White Shoes with their Suits

Generally, people wear white pants starting on Memorial Day (May 31, 2010) and stop on Labor Day (September 6, 2010). With this said, we have to really look at why this rule exists before we follow it. Following rules simply because they exist is foolish. The date range given above almost guarantees decent weather in most North American cities. Wearing white shoes/pants during winter time is discouraged since lighter colors get dirty faster and winter weather expedites this process.

If you live in a warmer climate like Texas, though, as long as it’s sunny and above 70 degrees, then we would say, go for it. Bring out the white. If you’re wearing white shoes, though, make sure to carry along your white belt – that you just have to do.


  1. 1

    Timothy Banks

    September 20, 2011

    5:34 pm

    OMG you guyzzz i totes hate seeing people not respect this fashion rule!!

    totes bye gurll

  2. 2

    annetta mildred

    March 4, 2012

    8:25 am

    i was raised by a very classy/well dressed lady.
    wearing white in the winter and before its time…
    not in this house.


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