But where did it come from? Who is the “they “ that outlawed white after Labor Day? Why was it a rule in the first place? And most importantly…can we change it?
In the 1800 and 1900s, the unofficial dress code was implemented by the bourgeois as a social caste system to identify ‘the rich from the less fortunate after the Civil War. High society being millionaires wives, politicians’ wives, aristocrats etc. It was then pervaded throughout society via popular high fashion editorials of the 1950s (i.e. Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, etc)
As Labor Day arrived, the dress code distinguished the actual laborers from the rich vacationers; new money from old money and VIP ‘s from the not so much. After it was coined a federal holiday in 1894, it was additionally coined the last day of summer fashion.
When broken down. It is a disgusting trend indeed. Color, unfortunately, has long since been a vehicle of separation, but society has failed to realize how much the harmonization of colors AND cultures are more aesthetically and emotionally incline.
These concepts have molded The Honorary Citizens’ design philosophy. We have long been inspired by images of women in the diaspora, going throughout their daily lives adorned in the most beautifully dyed fabric…conducting REAL manual labor wearing wonderfully crafted garments. We believe that well made clothing isn’t just made for a “higher” caste of individuals, but for everyone.
We create clothes that were functional, authentic and optimistic.
So, using fabrics such as Pima Cotton in our t-shirts not only says quality, but conscious comfort. One grade below Egyptian cotton, it embodies the “high-concept casual” wear that IS The Honorary Citizen. It most certainly doesn’t feel like the t-shirt in your top drawer, but one made from the softest cloud. It is organic and hypoallergenic. so questions like “who are you wearing?” are being replaced with “what fabric are you wearing?”. Conscious clothing is the next best thing in fashion and we are proud to be a t the forefront of the transition.
Now the conversation begins to evolve into something more sophisticated. A fleece made with your favorite blanket in mind, colors specifically chosen to go with any and all skin tones. An organic lifestyle is not only what we ingest now, but what we wear ON our bodies as a direct representation of who and what we stand for. Wearing white back then may have dictated how one was perceived , but wearing organic material says “ I care about this world and its inhabitants”…now with confidence like that, ALL WHITE PARTIES can now be thrown in early October.