Is it still taboo to wear white after Labor Day?

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For so many years, it was such the fashion faux pas. You had to be a real rebel to wear white after Labor Day. These days though, that hard and fast rule seems to be way more loosey-goosey.

At the Lilly Pulitzer store in Friendly Center, white isn't just for the warmer months. More like, whenever suits you. No matter the month.

"There are some people who are just really funny about it. They're going to put their whites away, last chance to wear them. I say, 'I still wear mine!'" laughs store manager Courtney Plunkett.

So what or who created this fashion "rule?" There are many theories, but one cited most often is this: New York fashion editors created the fashion "rules" back in the 1950s. Because it gets cooler there sooner, they decided white was out sooner. Then, that tradition became the widely accepted rule.

Of course, with any rule, one doesn't have to follow it. Apparently, and maybe especially, after you reach a certain age.

Sandra Gilhuly doesn’t worry about any rule regarding wearing white. She was decked out in white, ready to dine with her friend for lunch, who was also sporting her Labor Day white. "I think today, it's do what you're confident in. I don't think there are many rules. Especially at my age, there are no rules."

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