How to Wear White After Labor Day

How to Wear White After Labor Day

According to traditional fashion rules, after Labor Day, we should pack up all our white dresses, linens, and keep them in a storage until summer. Well, I’ve always prided myself on having a bit of a rebellious streak, and I have a feeling you don’t play by the rules either.

But where did this long-standing style rule come from? A 2009 article from Time presents several theories in an attempt to determine how the rule originated. The simplest explanation is that the rule came from a rather practical reasoning. Perhaps wearing white in the summer was simply a way to stay cool, which is critical before the age of electricity. (Truly, I can’t imagine living in a time before fans!) Histories have also speculated that the origin of this fashion norm was quite symbolic. In the early 20th century, well-to-do Americans would escape the city for the summer to warmer climates, and they would wear white in their travels. When Summer officially ended, they would return home and strive for contrasting darker, heavier garments. 

If I could wear one color throughout Fall and Winter, it would be white. There’s just something so stylish about an all-white ensemble! Not to mention you’ll surely standout from those who still follow the “no white after Labor Day” mentality. Below are a three of my favorite ways to wear white after Labor Day. 

DO Mix Textures

If you’re afraid of looking too matchy-matchy in your white-on-white ensemble, try adding dimensions to your wardrobe by mixing contrasting textures like fur and silk; knits and denim. You can also mix a thick and thin for those transitional “in-between” seasons. Here above, I mixed white denim with a white shirt and a cozy white faux fur coat for a “white hot winter” look.

WHITE Patterns & Prints

There are prints that come and go and prints that stand the test of time. Polka dots most certainly fall under the latter category! Polka dots are popular all seasons but they are especially a hit during fall! Don’t be afraid to go for a white ensemble that has patterns and prints! Just make sure to not mix-and-match the prints and patterns to avoid looking too busy.


You can never go wrong with an elegant white suit/pants combo set, white pantsuits, white blazers or white trousers! Nothing screams sophistication and power like a nice dressy white ensemble. These professional workwear are perfect all year round.


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