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Everybody's Day Off: Labor Day Style

dressing for the holiday you actually worked for

By Gabi Meyers | Aug 28 2014

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Even for those of us no longer enjoying the magic that is school’s summer vacation, Labor Day Weekend marks the end of summer mentality. It’s a holiday that celebrates all of us who have been working all year – summer included – but, deep down, you can’t help think but think of the Labor Day weekends of your youth, spent scrambling to finish all of your summer reading and copying your smarter friend’s math packet.

This makes the Monday break from work extra sweet, so you know you *have* to celebrate accordingly.

But, what constitutes as “celebrating accordingly”? Unlike Christmas, Easter or Halloween, Labor Day doesn’t mean traveling cross country to spend time with your family, worshipping anything, or dressing up as a sexy cat. So what are you supposed to do?

Below, find the best ways to spend your government-mandated day off that celebrates your contributions from all of your days on:

ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT ON THE BEACH

Boardshorts: RVCA, $42 | Tank: Altamont, $21 | Hoodie: Arbor, $34

Sunglasses: Carrera, $70 | Flip Flops: Reef, $48 | Sunscreen: Hawaiian Tropic, $11

This may be your last long weekend of the year that you can make it down the shore before your local beach turns into The Shining with a tide. Get there while it’s still in full swing, and really soak. up. that. sun. (with sunscreen, of course.)

 

BRUNCH AND BAR HOPPING WITH FRIENDS

Shirt: Tavic, $36 | Jeans: Hudson, $165

Belt: Torino, $32 | Sunglasses: Smith, $84 | Shoes: Clarks, $120

 

You worked hard for the right to brunch on a weekday. You deserve it, and so do all of your friends. Celebrate together, all day long.

 

BACKYARD BARBECUE

Shirt: Arbor, $42 | Shorts: Cycle, $103

Hat: Perry Ellis, $30 | Socks: Falke, $11 | Shoes: Sperry Topsider, $60

In case you’re one of those people who can’t not work, plan, organize and implement festivities for your friends. These shorts are the perfect shade to accidentally spill BBQ sauce on, just in case you spill BBQ sauce.

 

COUCH LOAFING LIKE A CHAMP

Sweatshirt: MooseJaw, $40| Shorts: Puma, $31

Tee: Banana Republic, $25 | Socks: Vans, $13 (for 3 pairs) | Sandals: Adidas, $30

 

Because if you’re really going to celebrate national day-off-of-work the American way, you’re blasting the air conditioning, trekking from your bedroom to the den, and melting into the couch while you tune into one of these TV marathons and not move all day.

Tell Us:

How do you plan to celebrate Labor Day? 

 Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my vacation…back on Tuesday!