It's the day after Labor Day - so you've probably heard mention of the old (and, quite frankly, weird) style rule - telling you that now is the time to stop wearing white.
While nobody really knows when this strange piece of fashion advice came into effect - it is likely that it is a convention that was perpetuated by the upper classes in the 19th and early 20th century.
As noted on Mental Floss
“By the 1880s, in order to tell who was acceptable and who wasn’t, the women who were already “in” felt it necessary to create dozens of fashion rules that everyone in the know had to follow."
And when Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, society eventually adopted it as the natural endpoint for summer fashion - so the odd convention of not wearing white after Labor Day was born.
It seems strange that this ridiculous rule is still enforced today (albeit mostly by grandmas), but one of the grat things about rules is that you can break them! So, ignore this old adage in style - and wear white after Labor Day!
White Has Always Been a Classic
T-shirts and other staple items are perfect for layering - and match easily with other clothes in your closet! A simple slogan tee shirt can be combined with skinny jeans and sneakers for an effortlessly casual look, or layered up with a flannel shirt, ripped jeans and boots for a warm grunge style outfit that’s perfect for chilly fall days.
White isn’t Just For the Summer Months
According to the old adage, white is best for summer - but I call bullshit. Just check out this faux fur white jacket- and tell me it doesn’t look cosy as hell! Rock it with a pair of leather-look leggings and a studded clutch bag for a monochrome outfit that’s a definite nod to the glam punk style.
It’s Easy to Make White Look Effortless
Contrary to popular belief, white is just as workable as black! It’s clean, it’s sylish - and it’s a popular color, meaning that it's often possible to choose white as an option. This glamorous white dress comes across as crisp and effortless - the clean style looks perfect even without the addition of jewelry or embellishments! Dress it up with a pair of killer heels (bonus points for a striking contrast color like red or electric blue), or keep it a little more fun by opting for wedges.
White is Anything But Basic
Just take a minute to admire this white gothic dovetail dress, and you’ll realise white is anything but basic (and it may shatter your preconceptions that Gothic clothing is only black!). Pair a dress like this with a some knee high boots and thick leggings for a great transitional outfit to wear from the end of summer to early fall, or keep it light and airy with a pair of sandals or pumps.
White Footwear Always Makes a Statement
If you want to make an instant impact with your footwear - white is the color to do just that! Due to the fact that white is a somewhat uncommon color (at least as far as footwear goes), it’s easy to make a statement by rocking a pair of white boots in any month of the year! Who said white is the color of purity and innocence anyway?
White is Easy to Dress up for Professional Occasions
A crisp white shirt should be a staple in everyone's wardrobe - because it can easily be dressed up for formal occasions. Paired with some dress shoes, tailored pants and skinny tie in a chic black or muted grey color, its a great business-casual outfit that requires minimal effort for maximum results!
You Can Rock White Wardrobe Staples All Year Long
White is a diverse, adaptable and definitely wearable color that can be worn all year long. A simple white printed top or graphic T-shirt pairs perfectly with multiple outfits - dressed up with a pair of stilettos and a pencil skirt, or kept casual with jeans and flats. It’s easy to pair timeless pieces such as these with multiple items of clothing - so the list of outfit combinations is endless!
Will you be wearing white after Labor Day? Let us know in the comments!