Summer is coming, and fall is at our doorstep. Are you planning to put away your white clothes, or is it o.k. to wear white pants after Labor Day?
You probably grew up with the rule, “no white after Labor Day,” but that’s pretty much gone by the wayside. White can be worn in the fall. It depends on where you live and how you style it. For example:
How to Wear White by Location
If you live in Florida, Southern California or a tropical country or climate, you are fine to keep wearing your light, bright summer whites all year round.
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 clothing depending on the fabric. Put away white tops, dresses, and pants, made from light summer fabrics like linen, chiffon, and breezy cotton.
Instead go for white, 4 season fabrics like denim, or silk or a white knit. For example, a white shirt or blouse or soft, stretchy white t-shirt can also be worn year round. (Check out my post how to transition your white clothes into fall to see what I mean.)
How to Style White in Fall
1. Wear White Jeans with a Richly Colored Autumn Sweater
White jeans can easily transition into September by adding a rich autumn-colored sweater or top in color like brick, burgundy, rust, plum, or brown.
2. Wear White With Black in Fall
Black and white look chic any time of the year. Team white or off-white jeans with a light t-shirt and fabulous black poncho. Add some cool black and white plaid booties and a gorgeous black fall bag to tie the look together, and you’re good to go.
3. Create a White-on-White Fall Look
Varying shades of white from top to bottom in a mix of fall textures like denim and knit fabric create an elegant fall look. Honey nubuck colored accessories ground the look in cooler weather.
4. Transition a White Dress into Fall
Some dresses can be transitioned into fall depending on the fabric. Try adding a fall colored jacket to white sleeveless knit dress and a pair of closed toe shoe or booties. 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.
5. Ease into Fall with Off-White
Keep in mind that white in fall doesn’t have to be bright white. Soft white, ivory or cream make your outfit look more fall/winter like than stark white.
The bottom line is, if you’re struggling to make a white item work, it’s probably because it’s 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? Do you wear it or do you have that old rule stuck in your head?
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