Now that we’re past Labor Day, I feel like I need to address an issue that keeps coming up: wearing white after Labor Day. Just this week, I’ve heard two people say they’ve either put away their white for the season or are sad that they can’t wear a certain piece of clothing anymore because it’s white…. GUYS! You can!
I’ve been a firm believer that you can wear what you want when it comes to fashion as long as you have confidence, and this wearing white thing is no exception. I’ve actually already done a Wearing White post similar to this one last year, so you should definitely check that one out – This year, I’ve just added on a bit to what I’ve already said. Because it’s time for us to get over this fashion myth someone created a long time ago!
I’ve had the fun privilege of getting to style a few pieces from Charming Charlie’s new StyleWatch collection this season (did you see my 2016 Fall Trends post?), so when I received this round of items (the necklace, purse, and booties), I decided to go the winter white/monochromatic look with it. And now I’m so glad I did because this is definitely going to be one of my favorite outfits this season and now I can share my tips with y’all!
|| 3 Tips for Wearing White After Labor Day ||
TIP 1 || PAIR WITH FALL/WINTER PIECES
Part of this whole not-wearing-white thing comes from the fact that we’ve trained ourselves that white can only equal spring or summer. And while white is a fabulous color for those seasons, it can also be great in the other seasons as well, you just have to dress it appropriately.
In order for your look to not seem too summery, you’ll need to pair all of the white with some fall or winter staples. It’s super simple to transition these white jeans (which I’ve worn all spring and summer!) to fall by pairing them with some fall items like my booties and this oversized sweater. Other fall/winter staples that you could pair your white with include utility vests, over-the-knee boots, leather jackets, faux fur vests, military jackets, and turtlenecks… to name a few.
Basically: If you have a white piece that you really love, find a fall-appropriate piece to wear it with. If it’s a pair of denim, find a sweater to go with it. If it’s a white top, find some booties or vest. The point is to avoid wearing your white summer denim with your white tank top and flip flops. We need to start transitioning the pieces into the fall and winter seasons!
TIP 2 || MIX SHADES & TEXTURES
Don’t be afraid to mix different shades of white. In fact, I would encourage intentionally mixing them. There’s nothing worse than seeing someone trying to rock a top/bottom combo of crisp white when the whites were either washed incorrectly or slightly dingy and therefore they clash. I like the intentionality of purposefully mixing the colors so that you still have the same color palette, but aren’t leaving people wondering if you’re just terrible at doing laundry. My outfit in this post is a great example of mixing shades because I have the crisp white denim and I mixed it with this creamy-grey sweater. It’s purposefully mismatched and monochromatic. So don’t be afraid to wear your white with cream, beige, or other off-white colors!
The same rule applies to textures: The more purposefully mismatched, the better. Try mixing denim with knits, or leather with wool, or cotton with faux fur. The different fabrics and textures give the outfit some personality!
TIP 3 || BALANCE THE LOOK WITH ACCESSORIES
The white is your blank canvas that you can add to, but it shouldn’t be the only color happening (unless you’re about to walk the runway at fashion week). While we’re aiming for an overall “white” look, there’s no need to make everything white. You can easily start to balance out the all-white look with your purse, scarves, hat, or jewelry. In this post, I decided to add booties (from Tip #1), mixed in a creamy sweater (from Tip #2), and added a darker purse (Tip #3) to pull everything together.
Want some color? Great! The all-white look doesn’t have to be monochromatic! Throw in a brightly-colored scarf, some fun earrings, a statement necklace, or a handbag with some personality to spice up the outfit. The sky’s the limit!
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What are y’all’s thoughts about white after Labor Day? Are you willing to break that “rule”? Tell me what you think and if I missed any tips in the comments!