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Now that Labor Day has come and gone, it’s officially time to begin talking about all things Fall! Which, yes, means all the OTN boots, cozy cardis, and pumpkin spice lattes your little heart can handle! I’ve started rounding up some of my favorite pieces that are all under $100. Grab a PSL and shop them all right here. I’ll continue to add new favorites as I come across them, so be sure to check back often.
Born and raised in the deep south of Alabama, I was always told that white after Labor Day was not acceptable. As soon as the holiday passed, my mom would put away all of our white shoes, clothing, and accessories that wouldn’t be pulled out again until Easter Day. However, as the years go on and fashion changes, the rules of fashion change as well.
Before we get into the rules of today, let’s talk a little history of where this rule originated. Surprisingly, my trusted source for all things etiquette, Amy Vanderbilt, never mentioned the subject. I turned next to Emily Post who claims this rule dates back to the society women of the early 1900s. So much of the resort wear back in the day consisted of white linen and light materials. This clothing was put away after Labor Day to allow for the plush sweaters and thicker materials for fall and winter. So, this basically comes down to a certain material type being ‘banned’ and not so much the color itself.
Here’s my rule of thumb: if it looks summery, it’s time to put it away until next year. I also agree, that white shoes, hand bags, and accessories should not be used after Labor Day. I do, however, feel there are many options that are acceptable to wear after the holiday; which, is why I have put together several ways to continue wearing white.
SEVEN WAYS TO WEAR WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY
- A white trench coat looks chic year round, but there’s something about it that looks absolutely stunning in the fall and winter.
2. Winter white is one of my favorites to wear in the colder months. These cute corduroy pants pair perfectly with a sweater for a classic fall look.
3. Nothing is more swoon-worthy than a crisp, white pea coat.
5. A white sweater never goes out of style. Pair it with some statement pants are you’re all set for a cute date night look.
What are your thoughts on white after Labor Day? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!