Who came up with the notion that you shouldn’t wear white after Labour Day?
Well, the notion was created to separate the old money elitists from those aspiring to get in the coveted group. “It [was] insiders trying to keep other people out, and outsiders trying to climb in by proving they know the rules,” said Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in an interview with Time.
Or perhaps it was as simple as Labour Day signaling the end of summer. A return to a regular routine, back to school meant a whole new wardrobe, usually with more heavy fabrics and darker colours.
Here are a few tips on ways you can say goodbye to “no white after Labour Day” and incorporate white into your wardrobe this fall and even into winter!
5 Ways to Wear White This Fall
Mix and match.
Pair white statement pieces with neutral colours like grey or tan to tone down the summer vibe for a sophisticated fall look. I love the look of a white sweater paired with white jeans, and a tan belt and handbag.
Stick to all white accessories like white cashmere gloves or a cable knit scarf to style your look as the months get colder. White is not always just plain old white – go with a shade of white, including cream, ivory, bright white, and my favourite, champagne.
Add some shearling.
From boots to jackets to capes, shearling makes an appearance every fall. Incorporate a pop of white in your transitional wardrobe with shearling accents. Also, think white wools, cashmeres, and down-filled parkas.
The not-so-blue jean
To balance out the summery feel of a pair of white denim jeans, pair with a distressed leather jacket in dark brown or a tan trench over coat for a more polished look.
Pair with darker colours.
Pair while with fall-like colours, so wear with grey or black jeans for example, or with a military green colour. A white sweater would rock with denim jeans and a leather jacket.
So, who said you can’t wear white after Labour Day?