This past weekend in Louisiana, in addition so discussing turducken recipes and other essential cooking topics (during Easter lunch of course), the conversation turned to fashion rules of the South. Here are some that have stood the test of time.
1. No seersucker before Easter or after Labor Day. (I wore my favorite seersucker dress on Sunday -- perfect Easter attire!)
2. No white before Easter or after Labor Day (except for brides and white shirts of course; also, do not confuse white with cream, champagne-color, or winter white, which are perfect throughout the colder months).
3. No white shoes before Easter or after Labor Day.
4. No linen before Easter or after Labor Day.
5. No patent shoes or purses before Easter or after Labor Day. (This is one rule I love to break!)
6. No velvet before Thanksgiving or after Valentine's Day.
7. No corduroy before Thanksgiving or after Valentine's Day.
8. For the gentlemen in the room who wear a suit, removing one's suit jacket is not recommended when outside of the office -- including when walking around New Orleans in 100 degree heat. Just "walk more slowly."
Ada Polla is the CEO and Co-Founder of Alchimie Forever skincare and splits her time between New Orleans and Washington DC.