Non­fic­tion: Sar­to­rial Switchover

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La­bor Day, a hol­i­day hon­or­ing the Amer­i­can la­bor and trade union move­ments cel­e­brated on the first Mon­day in Septem­ber, is the marker of the un­of­fi­cial end of sum­mer. Old­fan­gled fash­ion eti­quette dic­tates that it also marks the an­nual cut­off point for wear­ing cer­tain items of cloth­ing such as white shoes or white pants, along with pat­terns and ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing seer­sucker, eye­let, patch­work madras, linen, and can­vas. Write a per­sonal es­say about a sea­sonal item that you’re ei­ther re­luc­tant to let go of at the end of sum­mer or ea­ger to dig out from the depths of your closet stor­age for the be­gin­ning of fall. Ex­plore how the sea­sonal cloth­ing you wear is as­so­ci­ated with the cli­mate and tra­di­tions of your par­tic­u­lar geo­graphic re­gion, as well as the emo­tional ties and mem­o­ries linked to this an­nual tran­si­tion.

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