Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers with most being able to enjoy a day off from work in order to rest, enjoy themselves or do whatever it is they choose. Along with honoring the American worker, there are traditions associated with Labor Day including not wearing white until the official summer season. But where did that whole “no white after Labor Day” idea come from?

There are a couple of different theories about the origins of “no white after Labor Day” with one being based upon the class distinction in the early 1900s. White clothing was considered a luxury that was only available to the upper-class people but after the Civil War it was not as easy to determine which women were “old money” and which were “new money.” So, the upper-class women decide to make some fashion rules to suit their needs in order to set themselves apart.

Another theory was that Labor Day was the end of the summer season, therefore, the clothing should no longer be as light and airy ~ hence, no more white clothing! No matter what theory you believe, follow the advice of the designer, Michael Kors and also enjoy a few Labor Day cocktails!

Ignore the old rules. White after Labor Day is glamorous. – xxMK

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New Friend

  • ½ parts Courvoisier® V.S.O.P Cognac
  • part dry vermouth
  • ¾ parts Campari® Liqueur
  • Orange for garnish

Method: Pour ingredients in an old-fashioned glass, add ice and stir. Garnish with an expressed orange swath.

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SideCar

  • 1 ½ parts Courvoisier® VS Cognac
  • ¾ parts DeKuyper® Triple Sec
  • ¾ parts lemon juice
  • Sugar for garnish

Method: Pour ingredients in a shaker, add ice, shake and fine strain into glass. Garnish with a sugar rim on the glass.