With the passing of Labor Day comes the end of the official wearing-of-white months. Traditionally, the white pants season lasts from the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day Weekend, when the gays take over Fire Island until the very last gasp of the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day Weekend when the gays take on New Orleans for Southern Decadence. There are few, and I mean few, exceptions to this rule (read: Miami’s White Party Week) where white is completely acceptable if not encouraged. Any other time—wearing white is completely at your own risk.
Palm Springs, CA
Normally the weather in Palm Springs ranges from beautifully warm to a bit too hot. Let’s face it, Palm Spring is HOT all year long! But, as they say, it’s a dry heat. (And with minimal humidity, you really never have a bad hair day. Score!) This land of Jeffrey Sankers famed White Party, lesbian golf tournaments and unlimited champagne brunches uses white pants for their functionality; wearing white keeps you cooler. It’s kind of a survival maneuver, really.
Key West, FL
The southernmost island of everyone’s favorite archipelago lures travelers year-round. A come-as-you-are spirit, tropical atmosphere, beautiful landscaping, crystal water and clothing-optional attitude—what’s not to love? Key West means happiness. Be happy to pack white shorts, white pants, white thongs, white whatever. Just pack light. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in Key West, you don’t need it.
Las Vegas, NV
Let’s face it—visitors to Las Vegas are going to wear whatever they frickin’ want to. White lace two-piece pool cover-up on an overweight 60-year old man? Ohhh yeahhh. This is Vegas on a normal day. White pants in the desert are a particularly good idea for keeping the heat away outdoors and your body covered enough to endure the glacial air conditioning indoors.