Posts Tagged ‘Emily Post’

Should a Girl Wear White After Labor Day?

Sep 05

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, when in doubt about an etiquette quandary I always head straight to that etiquette doyenne herself, Emily Post. Aside from my collection of both antique and modern Emily Post books, there is always the Emily Post Institute to find answers to life’s etiquette questions. Their answer as to whether one should wear white clothing after labor day gives us both a glimpse into why the rule started and what we should do today.

Back in Emily’s day—the nineteen 00s, 10s and 20s—the summer season was bracketed by Memorial Day and Labor Day. Society flocked en masse from town house to seaside “cottage” or mountain “cabin” to escape the heat. City clothes were left behind in exchange for lighter, whiter, summer costumes. Come fall and the return to the city, summer clothes were put away and more formal city clothes donned once more. It was an age when there was a dress code for practically every occasion, and the signal to mark the change between summer resort clothes and clothing worn for the rest of the year was encapsulated in the dictum “No white after Labor Day.” And it stuck. Of course you can wear white after Labor Day, and it makes perfect sense to do so in climates where September’s temperatures are hardly fall-like. Even in the dead of winter in northern New England the fashionable wear white wools, cashmeres, and down-filled parkas. The true interpretation is “wear what’s appropriate—for the weather, the season, or the occasion.” So on a blistering Indian Summer September day here in Vermont, you’ll catch us wearing our “whites”.
Emily Post Institute

Spiritually speaking, a girl should wear “white” all year-round. King Solomon told us, “Always be clothed in white …” The “white clothing” he was speaking of, was not a reference to outer wear, but the purity of one’s heart. In the book of Revelation, the Apostle John speaks of people dressed in white when he says, “They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and have made them white.” This is how you can be dressed in white—through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

As well as putting on the “white clothing” of salvation, we need to always be mindful of keeping our “whites” clean. We cannot do this apart from the miracle cleansing power of our Lord. Our part is to confess our sins and allow Him to make us whiter than snow.

Girlfriends, is there something you need to confess today? If so, take time right now to ask the Lord to cleanse you from all unrighteousness and marvel at how white your clothes will be!

Dearest girlfriends, let us enjoy dressing in beautiful white clothing all year-round through a repentant heart.

Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. ~ Ecclesiastes 9:8 NIV
… They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. ~ Revelation 3:4-5 NIV
… “Do you know who these people are that are dressed in white robes? Do you know where they come from?” “Sir,” I answered, “you must know.” Then he told me: “These are the ones who have gone through the great suffering. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and have made them white. ~ Revelation 7:13-14 CEV
I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. ~ Revelation 3:18 NIV
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. ~ Psalm 51:7 NIV
His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. ~ Mark 9:3 NIV

Is an Informal Invitation Acceptable?

Jan 12

by Victoria Robinson

I enjoy collecting antique etiquette books. One in my collection is Etiquette—The Blue Book of Social Usage written in 1922 by Emily Post. It is interesting to see the different societal changes that have taken place. One such change is the use of a verbal invitation via the telephone. Apparently at some point this informal form of invitation was considered to be a disgraceful way to invite someone to an event. By 1922 Emily Post now finds this informal verbal invitation acceptable.

Custom which has altered many ways and manners has taken away all opprobrium from the message by telephone, and with the exception of those of a very small minority of letter-loving hostesses, all informal invitations are sent and answered by telephone. Such messages, however, follow a prescribed form:
Emily Post,  Etiquette—The Blue Book of Social Usage, 1922

Yet long before 1922 there came a verbal form of invitation that was considered wonderful. This invitation has a prescribed form as well. It requires a couple of important things be included in the invitation: sincerity and praise. The psalmist tells us our heavenly Father inhabits the praises of His people. Praising our heavenly Father is a verbal invitation to have Him come over. So get your invitations ready girlfriends! Start praising Him now and expect Him to show up.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would live a life of praise to our heavenly Father so that we continually extend an invitation for Him to come over.
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. ~ Psalm 22:3 KJV
Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. ~ Psalm 150:1-6 NIV
My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long. ~ Psalm 71:8 NIV
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Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. ~ Matthew 22:9-10 NIV