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We often hear the rule "don't wear white after Labour Day," but we less often hear about the point when it's okay to start wearing white. In the United States, that day is Memorial Day; but in Commonwealth countries (including Canada), which don't observe Memorial Day, we get to start a week earlier, on Victoria Day.

Incidentally, the rule doesn't apply to white shirts, but it does apply to pretty much everything else: pants, shorts, shoes, jackets, and belts (and for women, all of the above, plus skirts and handbags). It's also a good rule of thumb for when it's appropriate to wear linen or seersucker.

You only get a little over three months to indulge in the pleasure of pristine white. Make the most of it!

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John Kim said... @ July 31, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Never heard of this no white rule, whats the reasoning behind it?

Adam said... @ August 2, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Nobody seems to know for sure, but Time magazine gives as good an explanation as any I've heard:

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1920684,00.html

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