My age will show but does anyone except me remember when not wearing white after Labor Day was the “gospel.”
Back in the day fashion was very much more regulated than today. The rule was no white shoes or white slacks after Labor Day. It was dark colors for the winter. Colorful, floral prints were for the spring. Usually, pastels were worn on Easter. Whites were recommended for the warm days of summer but never after Labor Day.
If we lived by that rule today I would be in trouble during the summer months. I may have a white pair of sandals but I don't think I own a white pair of shoes or a white pair of pants.
I wear black slacks year round. My favorite colors for my clothes are black and brown. I have never been a colorful type dresser. Once in a while I will even go with navy blue, but I always go back to my basic black.
I decided a long time ago I am too messy to wear white. I can't hide the ink marks. I like to use the retractable pens but I cannot seem to remember to click when I finish writing. As most people know, 99.99 percent of the time I have an ink pen in hand.
To learn more about the “no white after Labor Day” rule, I checked with Google and according to one article I read, no one is completely sure when or why the timeframe for white tradition began, but more than likely it was in the late 1800s and early 1900s when the super-rich ruled high society with an iron fist after the Civil War. It was a way they could tell the “old money” from “new money.” Another article claimed white for summer could be because there was no air conditioning and white is a cooler color. I liked the second reason better. The first ones sounds snobbish.
I am thankful we live in a day when comfort is the word. I realize schools and offices have to have dress codes or things could get out of hand. For the most part, people can wear what they want to wear. We don't really have a lot of rules or regulations. If someone is comfortable in a pair of jeans and tennis shoes I don't think anyone looks at them as being out of place sitting next to someone in a skirt and heels.
When I started to school many, many years ago the girls had to wear dresses. Boys wore long pants and had to have their shirt tails tucked in. We all had to wear socks and most of the time our socks matched. If they did not match, the color was similar and they were folded together by mistake.
My granddaughters wear different, non-matching, socks.
I am going to make a guess and say the different sock fashion came about by smart mothers who realized when the washing machine or dryer ate one of the socks, the one left behind could still be used.
Labor Day has come and gone and I hope everyone had a good weekend. Anyone who wants to wear white can continue to do so according to today's standards. We do not have to wait until Memorial Day or stop after Labor Day.
I think most of us do still hold to the fashion rule we should not wear all white to a wedding. I have always been taught only the bride wears white. Some of those traditions stay with us but some of the others are gone.
Another memory from the past – do you remember when we would not wear a dress or skirt without wearing a pair of nylon or silky panty hose? I cannot remember the last pair of hose I wore. I am glad that fashion trend has has gone by the wayside.
I have never proclaimed to be a fashionable person but my mother always taught us to make sure our clothes were clean and wrinkle-free. My fashion statement is -- clean, wrinkle-free and comfortable.
The Town Crier has moved the office to Blytheville where we will be sharing office space with the Courier News team.
The Courier staff has been very welcoming and made the “new people” feel right at home from Day 1.
As most people across Buffalo Island know the three-woman Town Crier team has worked together at 100 West Lake Street in Manila for many, many years. Kaye Farrow has been with the Crier for over 48 years (she was there for the first paper in May 1970).
I started to work in June of 1970 but I took off a couple years when my daughter was born in 1973. Yvonne Hernandez has worked 20 years in sales. We have been together a long time.
We sometimes call ourselves the geriatric group, but thank goodness we are never too old to change or learn.
The older generation (the people just a little older than me) will remember when the Town Crier building was the Pig Stand, a favorite hang out for area teenagers.
Even though we are in a new place, we will continue to serve our customers across Buffalo Island with their news and advertising.
The Town Crier office is now located at 510 West Main, Blytheville. The new phone number is 763-4461. The office will be open in the new location from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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