Perhaps the myth has finally cycled out of circulation as new fashion trends are seen sporting white year-round. Whether it's white coats and turtlenecks in the colder months or accompanying white accessories. Though there was a time when it was heavily considered a fashion faux pas to bring out white clothing before Easter or after Labor Day weekend…but why? We're going to break it down and dispel this myth once and for all.
In short, the fashion myth stems from individuals of higher social standing passing it along to generations of similar status to demarcate themselves from other people. It’s not news that the ultra-wealthy, to this day, have quiet signals that only go detected by others in their class, though maintaining when and when not to wear white was one — may still be one.
So why white? White was seen as a color worn only for formal events; think bougie summer parties, weddings, concerts and more. One thing about the ultra-wealthy is that they want their signaling to be the exact opposite of ostentatious, and wearing a color reserved for such formal occasions on any day out was seen as needlessly showy.
In summary, the myth exists to perpetuate classism but in a more subtle tone. There are some logical reasons that people chose not to wear white as well, such as white clothing having lighter fabrics (then at least) meant to be worn in warmer weather. Though our verdict says that modernly this rule has absolutely no reason to continue to exist. Wear what you want year-round!
What's a myth you heard a lot growing up?