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White After Labor Day

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!

How To Be Enduringly Chic

ChicJackie O. Catherine Deneuve. Kate Moss. Iman – they all have that certain je ne sais quois. No matter the moment, dressed up or dressed down, these women are all enduringly chic. What is it about them? Essentially, they’re all classic dressers who can make a white t-shirt and jeans look like a million bucks. What do they know that you don’t? They know that when building a wardrobe, it’s important to invest in quality pieces that will be long lasting. Shopping for the thrill of the deal can be intoxicating, but the high wears off when January’s steal of the month still has the tags on it in September. Additionally, deciding that you will never spend more than a certain dollar amount on one item, may mean that you limit yourself from buying some truly great pieces that will stand the test of time and take your wardrobe from good to great. Focus on fit and quality over price. 

To create an enduringly chic wardrobe, you need to:

(i) Build a great foundation with classics;

(ii) Invest in an array of shoes and boots to help to dress up or dress down an outfit; and

(iii) Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

Before you go to the store, do a little shopping in your closet to help you figure out what you really need versus what you’ve decided you would like to have. Shoe shopping is a great way to illustrate my point. How many times have you found a great pair of shoes, worn them to death and wished you’d bought a second pair? If you find a pair you like, let me repeat this, if you find a pair you like (unless it’s a classic for the maker and you know they’re going to issue it next year), buy 2 pairs. It may seem like a lot up front, but I promise you this will save you a lot of headache on the backend. Shoes are an accessory and accessories can make or break your outfit!