We don’t know who needs to hear this, but, yes, you can wear white after Labor Day. White blazers are a wardrobe staple and with so many winter-white denim trends, why are we still asking if it’s okay to wear the hue after Labor Day? Whether you opt for winter white, cream, or crisp nautical white, there’s no reason to pack away your whites once fall arrives.
How the Rule Got Started
In the early 1900s, not wearing white after Labor Day was a firm rule among the wealthy who regarded it as a symbol of refinement. This “rule” was started according to the vacationing schedule of the elite, when white was considered only proper for summer vacation attire. The rule was less about what was worn and more about who was wearing the clothing.
Does the Rule Still Apply?
Thankfully, this fashion rule has become outdated. It is safe to say that white can be worn at any time of the year. Today, we’ve pulled together 4 fashionable looks to showcase how to style white post-Labor Day and transition them into early fall. Take a look!
1. Warm Neutrals
Accent your whites with warm rich fall hues such as tobacco browns and camels. Animal prints are also fantastic layered with white and add another fun dimension to an otherwise very neutral palette. Neutrals and deep hues (e.g., black, navy, rust, even mustard yellow) work really well and balance out the summer-y look that white jeans can often bring to an outfit.
2. White + Pattern
Mixing white with patterns is an easy way to enhance the look of your nautical white pieces. For example, pairing white with a pattern like this camouflage pant is unexpected yet sophisticated. STYLIST TIP: Update white pieces by accessorizing them with fall-forward extras: bold jewelry, statement belts, and fall booties.
3. White + Black
Bold and understated, this timeless color combo is stylishly chic and takes minimalism to the max. This look can be sharp enough for the office (okay, not every office, but some), simple enough for casual wear, and eye-catching enough for evening outings.
4. White Layering
For a crisp look, layer neutrals or basics underneath white outer layers. Many of your summer pieces will easily transform into fall layering pieces when worn beneath an outerwear layer, perfect for colder weather. White layers, like this winter-white blazer, are a statement piece to have in your wardrobe and can easily be dressed up or down for casual or formal events.
We hope you agree it’s time to let go of this silly fashion rule and wear white all year long. Besides, aren’t fashion rules made to be broken anyway?