how to wear white after labor day

Do you wear white after labor day?

Y’all know white is my color and that I wear white all year long, but I didn’t used to be that way. I used to strictly follow the “big” fashion rules like “don’t wear black with brown” and “don’t wear white after labor day.”

However, several years ago when my wardrobe started shifting toward more neutral colors I realized how silly the whole “no white after labor day” rule is. One of the main reasons it feels ridiculous is that temperature-wise, it’s very warm here in Dallas through most of October.

white after labor day

classic black & white look

How Did White After Labor Day Originate?

According to this Marie Claire article, the whole “no white after labor day” rule was actually created to separate old money from new money. The thought being that if you had old money, you were able to leave the city during warm months and white was considered “vacation attire.”

Then in the late 1800s, Labor Day was created, which marked the end of the summer. Since white has been known to be a summer color, people often stopped wearing summer clothing around Labor Day and shifted to warmer clothes and darker colors.

white after labor day

white shoes // white sweater // adding texture

How To Wear White After Labor Day:

Even if you’re comfortable with the idea of wearing white after labor day, I know there are so many of you that get stumped when it comes to actually creating outfits. I would tell you that truly, almost anything goes now! The one white thing I do stop wearing after Labor Day though is white eyelet. Eyelet is a very summery type fabric and could easily be replaced in the winter by white lace.

If you’re wanting some tips on how to wear white during the cooler months, here are some of my go-to tips:

Create a Classic Black & White Look:

Black and white is always a classic pairing and black jeans are almost always something every woman has in her closet. Choose a structured white top like this one or a feminine lace blouse like this one to style with your black jeans.

Pair With a Pop of Print:

Leopard is worn year round, but it make such a big appearance during the colder months. Off-set your white by adding a leopard bag or leopard blazer to your look.

White Shoes:

If you don’t want to commit to a full white look, add a little pop of white with your shoes. Some cute white booties or white sneakers (current trend) will make the perfect statement!

Opt for Off-White:

If stark white is too much for you during the fall/winter, opt for off-white.

Create a Monochromatic Look:

If you’re looking to make a statement with a white-on-white look. You can mix and match shades of white and play with pairing different textures.

White Dresses Are a Girl’s Best Friend:

If you’re struggling to come up with a white outfit you’re comfortable in, just grab a good white dress; they act just like LBDs. They work as a blank slate and can be styled so many different ways. Wear with booties or boots, heels or mules and layer almost anything over it!

Add Some Texture:

Adding texture is one of my favorite things to do when wearing white in the winter. A chunky knit or white lace is a fun way to wear the winter white trend.

White Accessories:

Accessories are the easiest way to dip into the “white after labor day” trend. Add a white scarf or white bag to your outfit.

White Sweaters:

Again, if you’re looking for an easy way to dabble in winter white simply grab a white or nude sweater and pair it with your favorite pair of jeans and some booties!

white after labor day

white shoes

white after labor day

white shoes // white paired with leopard

target white midi dress

white dress

white after labor day

monochromatic white look

white after labor day

monochromatic white look

white after labor day

off-white sweater set

white after labor day

off-white sweater

free people nude midi skirt

white shoes // white accessories

free people oversized turtleneck sweater

white dress

black leather pencil skirt

white shoes // white sweater