No White After Labor Day: How The M6xx Makes That A Hard Rule To Abide

Pelikan M600 Tortoiseshell White, M600 Pink, M600 Turquoise-White, and M605 White TransparentI don’t think that it’s too much of a stretch to say that, at least in the United States,  most people have heard the old saying about wearing white after labor day.  It has been a big no-no in fashion circles since sometime around the early to mid-twentieth century.  Nobody knows for sure how this piece of fashion etiquette came about let alone became ingrained into the mainstream collective.  One practical theory contends that, since people used to dress more formally, white was simply cooler in the summer months.  When the fall rains came, the color became impractical as it soiled easily with mud and debris.  While this theory sounds logical, that in and of itself may be why many scholars discount it.  The rules of fashion seldom seem to follow any logic.  A more salacious and compelling explanation may lie in the habits of America’s well to do who frequently escaped the doldrums of the city in the summer months.  That escape included leaving behind the more drab palette of the city which included opting for lighter clothing instead.  White linen suits became the unofficial uniform of the upper crust of society.  Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday in September, has long marked the unofficial end of summer and was when the elite class would stow their whites and return to city life.  By mid-century, a clash between old money and new money was brewing as the middle class expanded and people became more upwardly mobile.  Old money elites looking to keep their social fabric from fraying would shun those not in the know.  Arbitrary rules, including not wearing white after Labor Day, allowed high society to protect their standing and identify the less savvy newer members of the upper class.  Whichever reasoning you may ascribe to, this old “rule” has largely fallen out of favor and many fashion icons have shown that white can indeed be worn year round.  That is a darn good thing too because Pelikan has graced the M6xx line with more white pens in recent history than ever before and I for one would hate to have to lock them away for half of the year due to some fashion snobbery.  Read on for a look at how Pelikan has made white pens chic again.

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