White after Labor Day? Why not? I know it used to be taboo, but rules are meant to be broken! Think about how great your white jeans will look with a black turtleneck this Fall when you’re out at your friend’s country house – very Jackie O’esque. Or if your goal is to look like a Michael Kors model, pair those same jeans with a beautiful oatmeal or off white cozy cashmere sweater and a snakeskin bag. Let your imagination run wild …
White Summer clothes were originally the province of the wealthy. The light color combined with the lighter fabrics were the perfect accompaniment to their Summer homes by the sea. The “Season” began after Memorial Day and ended with Labor Day; hence the rule was born.
While the lines have blurred and yester-year’s fashion dictates are no longer the driving force behind today’s trends, there are a few things to think about if you are going to be bold enough to break the rules.
- If you choose to wear white after Labor Day, stay away from linen and other light fabrics that are strictly Summer materials. Just as you wouldn’t wear a black linen dress in November, nor should you wear a white linen one.
- Winter white is a great way to add an unexpected pop to your Winter wardrobe. A beautiful winter white wool or cashmere coat over a black, charcoal grey or camel dress is stunning. The same holds true for a sleek winter white suit under an amazing black coat.
- If you wear white in the winter time, make sure that you have the appropriate undergarments. (This holds true for the Summer too!)
- If you live in a warm weather climate, there really are no rules with respect to white. Just trust your gut.
The only steadfast rule about wearing white is that female guests should not wear white at a wedding, lest they look as though they’re competing with the bride. (Neither should they wear black, unless they’re mourning for her.)
So, go ahead, Possess Your STYLE and push the envelope – incorporate white into your wardrobe this Fall!