So here we are again. Summer is over and Labor Day has come and gone. Have you put away all your white clothes yet, or are you wondering if you can wear white pants after labor day?
The answer is it depends on where you live. You may have grown up with the rule, “No white after Labor Day“… but rules are made to be broken! Here my take on it
If you live in Florida, Southern California or tropical country or climate, it’s fine to keep wearing your summer whites all year round!
Where you live can make a difference
If you live on the East Coast, in the Mid-West, or any area with a colder climate, it’s a little trickier. You can still wear some white clothes depending on the fabric.
- Put away white pants, dresses, and tops made from thin, light materials like linen and breezy cotton.You can still wear white in more year- round fabrics like denim, or silk. For example, a white shirt or blouse always looks right and white jeans can easily transition into fall
- Simply team white or off white jeans with a light t-shirt and fabulous fall poncho or sweater coat. Add some cool booties and a gorgeous fall bag, and you’re good to go.
Soft, stretchy white t-shirts (long or short) can also work all year round. Check out my post how to transition your white clothes into fall to see what I mean.
Here’s a white sweater that you may have worn back in spring that could shift into early fall by adding some classy fall shades. Wine colored flats, a tan bag, and fall colored scarf bridge the seasons and ground the look in cooler weather.
How to Transition a White Dress into Fall?
Yes, some dresses can be transitioned into fall depending on the fabric. Try adding a fall colored jacket to white sleeveless dress and a pair of closed toe shoe or boots. Touches of black, such as a black bag and shoes can make summer whites look more fall like. You could also try adding a long vest or a boyfriend cardigan. Sometimes you can even add a blouse under your white dress if it is sleeveless, but this is much trickier.
A note about Winter White vs. Pure White
- Soft or creamy whites make your outfit look more fall/winter like than stark white.
- As you move deeper into fall, pair a winter white or cream dress with black accessories, dark green, rust or any other dark fall color to anchor the look.
- A white wool coat always looks stylish in fall/winter, as does white corduroy pants.
- The bottom line is, if you’re struggling to make a white item work, it’s probably a summer white. You’re better off putting it away until it gets warmer!
What are your feelings about wearing white in the fall and winter? Please comment below!