Harper’s Bazaar – Though it’s unclear who invented this “rule,” it originated among the elite in 19th-century America, explains Amanda Hallay, the fashion historian behind The Ultimate Fashion History, a popular YouTube channel. “It was a snobbish way for the upper echelons to distinguish themselves from the burgeoning nouveau riche.”

As with most things, the fashion “don’t” only continued to flourish into the 20th century because of the wealthy. “The rule really has more to do with wearing white before Labor Day than not wearing it after,” Hallay reveals. “By the end of the 19th century, upper-class Americans escaped the summer heat of the city by retreating to the countryside or seaside, where white clothing remained free of the inevitable grime of the increasingly industrialized urban centers…

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