Ah, the age-old question. Is it okay to wear white after Labor Day?
The tradition of wearing white after Labor Day has a long history. So back in the day, like the early 1900’s day, the wealthy would head back to the city from their beach summer homes after Labor Day. White was not considered appropriate for city living, hence the rule of wearing white after Labor Day became known as a fashion faux pas. Centuries later, this rule no longer holds true. We’ve come a long way since then, those old fashion rules tied to class just don’t fly anymore.
You can wear white anytime you choose.
For the longest time, my mom was against any apparel that was white. Cream she could maybe do, but she wasn’t going anywhere near white. I remember being like 8 or 9, the budding fashionista that I was, and noticing that there were no white articles of clothing anywhere in our house. As my fashion sense grew, I of course taught my mom the ways of the fashion world and explained to her that white clothing is her friend.
White jeans, a crisp white shirt, a figure-hugging white dress are all major keys.
What I do know is that #melanin looks good in white, and it suits just about everyone, if you wear it right. And with help from your favorite stylist (ahem, me) you’ll be able to rock white anytime. All it takes it a little color blocking and contrast and you’re in the game.
One of the easiest ways to wear white post Labor Day is by wearing white jeans. White jeans are a go-to in my closet for a fresh look. Keeping them clean is the hard part, but when I succeed, I feel like I deserve a gold medal. Wearing white jeans with a solid color top allows you to accessorize without abandon. If you choose a printed top to wear with your white jeans, the contrast in patterns is the focus. One of my favorite fall looks is a white jean with a chambray shirt and a scarf. Either a chunky cozy knit scarf or a traditional fall plaid are my usual picks. Maybe I’ll put one of those looks up on the blog!
photography: Maribel Morales
Tell me, are you apprehensive about wearing white after Labor Day?
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