为什么美国人劳工节后不穿白色衣服
Why Americans Don’t Wear White after Labor Day

为什么美国人劳工节后不穿白色衣服

Why Americans Don’t Wear White after Labor Day

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为什么美国人劳工节后不穿白色衣服

Why Americans Don’t Wear White after Labor Day

2019-09-09

这个周一是美国的劳工节,一个与工人权利和穿着白色衣服有关的节日。许多美国人在劳工节那天把他们的白色衣服收起来,直到明年5月阵亡将士纪念日之后才再穿。


这个周一是美国的劳工节,一个与工人权利和穿着白色衣服有关的节日。
This Monday is Labor Day in the United States – a holiday linked to workers’ rights and wearing white.

这听起来可能很奇怪,但却是事实。
That may sound strange, but it is true.

许多美国人在劳工节那天把他们的白色衣服收起来,直到明年5月阵亡将士纪念日之后才再穿。
Many Americans put away their white clothes on Labor Day and do not wear them again until the following May, after Memorial Day.

这种服装习俗的其中一个原因是与季节有关。
One reason for the clothing custom relates to the season.

在美国,六月到九月是夏天。
In the United States, the months between June and September are summer.

天气通常很热,在一些东北部城市如波士顿、马萨诸塞州和纽约。
The weather is usually hot, including in Northeast cities like Boston, Massachusetts and New York, New York.

历史上,那里的许多人在夏天换上浅色的衣服以保持凉爽。
Many people there historically wore light-colored clothing in the summertime to keep cool.

朱迪斯·马丁是礼仪专家——换句话说,就是研究如何表现得有礼貌方面的专家。
Judith Martin is an expert on manners – in other words, on how to behave politely.

她在接受《时代》杂志采访时谈到了夏天穿白色衣服的历史。
She spoke to Time Magazine about the history of wearing white in the summer.

她说,19世纪和20世纪初的美国人一年到头都穿着正式服装。
She said Americans in the 1800s and early 1900s wore formal clothes all year long.

马丁说,在夏天穿白色衣服可能会感觉更舒服,因为“白色的重量更轻”(感觉轻松)。
Wearing white clothes in the summertime may have felt more comfortable because “white is of a lighter weight,” Martin said.

然后,大约在20世纪30年代,夏天穿白色衣服也开始流行起来。
Then, in about the 1930s, wearing white clothes in the summertime became fashionable, too.

这是因为美国东北部城市的一些富人在夏天会去度假几周或几个月。
That is because some wealthy Americans in Northeast cities went on vacation for weeks or months in the summer.

他们住在昂贵的旅馆或避暑别墅里。
They stayed in costly hotels or summerhouses.

在那里穿着白色衣服,这一切好像显得与轻松、美丽和财富有关。
The white clothes they wore there became linked to ease, beauty and money.

但到了夏末,劳工节将至,他们把那些白色的衣服收起来,返回到城市生活中——以及穿回他们深色、较重(感觉厚重)的衣服。
But at the end of summer, around Labor Day, they put those white clothes away and returned to their lives in the city – as well as to their darker, heavier clothes.

随着时间的推移,劳工节之后不穿白色衣服成了一种时尚规则。
In time, not wearing white after Labor Day became a bit of a fashion rule.

这表明你很富有——或者至少你知道如何表现得像个有钱人。
Following it showed that you were wealthy – or at least that you knew how to act like you were.

然而,如今的时尚杂志建议读者忽略这一规则。
Today’s fashion magazines, however, advise readers to ignore the rule.

他们提到可可·香奈儿、金·卡戴珊和米歇尔·奥巴马,在任何季节都穿白色。
They point to Coco Chanel, Kim Kardashian and Michelle Obama, who have appeared in white in all seasons.

但是你可能要小心不要穿白色衣服去参加美国式的劳工节烧烤。
But you may want to be careful about wearing white to an American-style Labor Day barbecue.

问题不在于时尚,而在于番茄酱。
The trouble is not fashion – it is ketchup.

如果它洒出来,受欢迎的红色番茄酱会毁了一套漂亮的衣服。
If it spills, the popular red tomato sauce can ruin a nice set of clothes.

凯利·吉恩·凯利为您播报。
I’m Kelly Jean Kelly.