My 11 year old (E) recently heard the rule about not wearing white after Labor Day. She had been asking about it when I saw an article about it on Mental Floss. I read the article to my three daughters while they ate breakfast this morning.
E: So, they were just trying to make some people feel left out?
Me: Yeah. It’s kind of like the Sneetches.
E: Anne Frank was a Sneetch.
E: She wore a star.
Me: That wasn’t her choice. It was a government issued star.
E: Oh, so the government was Sylvester McMonkey McBean?
Me: In that case, yes. In the fashion rules, I think it’s the people who make the clothes who are Sylvester McMonkey McBean. They are the ones who profit from people saying, “This is the new fashion. If you want to be cool, you have to have it.”
E: So, we aren’t supposed to wear white after Labor Day because we’re like Sneetches.
Me: Pretty much.