Wearing white after Labor Day, or the lack thereof, has been a common misconception for as long as I can remember. This fallacy originated as early as 1880, where fashion magazines (and elitists) made it clear that white clothing came out Memorial Day and was to be gone by the time beach goers had packed up their things on Labor Day. Apparently only the peasants wore white come October. While the majority of society has done away with this ridiculous rule, there are some who still refuse to wear white after the season ends. But, why? Who actually cares?
Summer has come and gone, but I’m a big fan of white, all year long (sue me).
In fact, in my self-proclaimed professional opinion, white can easily be transitioned into fall with the right outfit and accessories. Here’s how;
A white wool hat — I have been eyeing white, wide-brimmed hats lately— more specifically, The Fader from Lack of Color. Swoon. I think the wool style makes it more season-neutral, and I love this hat with a simple neutral dress, booties, a statement jacket and tons of gold layered necklaces.
Polka dots — White and black polka dots are everything. I’m envisioning a white, sheer dress, with black polka dots and a white, lace bralette underneath. Yes, please.
White fur — Pair a vintage band tee with a white faux fur statement jacket and some denim. Boom. Total Penny Lane vibes.
White mules or booties — I have a feeling I’ll be living in mules and booties this fall, and I’m all about the clean, white styles to make an outfit pop. Can someone buy me the Gucci ones? K, thanks.
White denim — The biggest controversy of all: white denim after Labor Day (insert eye roll emoji here). Throw on an oversized or chunky, neutral sweater with a pair of white denim and your favorite mules, or boots for a more seasonal look. You’re welcome.
Winter florals — Switch things up with a white blouse with moody florals and a dark lip.
White bodysuit — Although bodysuits make it impossible to use the bathroom, it’s an easy way to incorporate white in to your fall wardrobe. Opt for a ribbed, short sleeve or a long sleeve turtleneck to wear with your favorite high-waisted pants.
How do you do white after Labor Day?
Photography: Rebecca Taylor Photos