What to Wear on Labor Day
Whether you plan to honor tradition by wearing all-white or want to rewrite the rulebook with a little more color, here’s all the Labor Day outfit inspiration you’ll need
Reminder incoming: there’s not much time between now and Labor Day (September 4), so however you’re celebrating it and the long weekend – be that with a street party, float-filled parade, firework display or quite possibly all the above – there’s a good chance that you’re among the many wondering what to wear. To banish any feelings of fashion paralysis and help you piece together your best Labor Day outfit to date, first answer this simple yet crucial question: are you among Team Tradition or are you a fully paid-up member of Team New School?
If you’ve a soft spot for old-school elegance, you’ll know that Labor Day has long been seen as your very last chance to wear white. It’s a rule that dates way back to Victorian society when the holiday - always the first Monday in September - became a cue to store away hot weather outfits in time for Fall’s wetter, muddier and generally white-ruining conditions. But following convention needn't be boring. Pick out inspiring pieces like elegantly oversized dresses patterned in painterly florals, pearlcore jewelry and sleek tailored separates.
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Team New School
If you’re a rule breaker at heart, defy the all-white status quo and employ a little more color than in tradition. Maximalists should look to vibrant dresses and shirts in all-out Liberty prints. If you think less really is more, opt for pared-back pieces designed by the masters of minimalism. And if you’re a hype hunter with a finger on fashion’s pulse, tick-off the season’s biggest trends, from 90s nostalgia to larger-than-life florals.
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