Fall & Winter

Wearing White Pants After Labor Day – Is it O.K?

It’s 2021, but many women still ask, Is it okay to wear white pants after Labor Day? 


The short answer is Yes! The old No White Rule that we all used to live by is long dead and gone. White pants can look very stylish this time of year. It’s all about the kind you wear and what you wear them with. Here are 5 style tips for wearing white pants in the Fall.

1. Pepper in Fall Colors

The easiest way to pull off white pants after Labor Day is to mix in darker fall colors.  For example, you could wear a print blouse that has a white base and few fall shades into the print.  Or, try a fall top in a solid color like burgundy or plum. All fall colors like this scarf top in rust, gold, and black can also be chic.

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2. Swap Sandals for Fall Shoes and Booties

Strappy Sandals, flip flops, and slides with white pants scream summer. White pants look more in sync with fall when you wear them with closed-toe shoes and fall booties.

Try pairing white pants with a fall mule, flat, heel, or loafer. It might be too warm still for a tall boot, but a beautiful bootie in a light neutral shade like tan, taupe, grey, or brown will ground your Autumn look.

Black booties can also work, but brown is a softer transition and doesn’t look as heavy. Animal print footwear like leopard or snake print are considered neutrals and look great with white pants.



3. Switch to Warmer Whites

Most white summer pants are cool, icy, and very bright and are too stark for fall, especially if you wear bright white head to toe.

One way to get around this as the temperatures drop is is to switch to wearing off white, cream, taupe, or beige pants.  If you like an all one color look, try wearing these off-white shades head to toe for an elegant fall style. Be sure to vary the texture of your pieces so your monochromatic outfit does not look boring. This creamy cashmere ribbed sweater adds a high-end fall touch.

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4. Wear Thicker White Pants

More important than the shade of white you wear after Labor Day is the weight and thickness of your white pants. Thin, lightweight white pants, such as linen, are too flimsy for sweaters and layering. White denim jeans, white corduroy jeans, or an off-white, lined pair of dress pants look great worn with a nice fall top or sweater.

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5. Focus on Texture

Textured materials like tweed, suede, and leather will instantly make an outfit more fall-like. The easiest place to find these are in your footwear and accessories.

Try adding a tweed or quilted bag or layering in a soft leather jacket.  Suede booties and shoes add texture and weight and make white pants look more appropriate for Autumn. Even mixing black in with white is a classy, timeless look.

6. Add a Knit or Sweater

White Jeans and a great tee or pretty top like this animal print one are perfect in the summer, but a lightweight knit makes your outfit more fall-like. Try pairing white jeans with a thin sweater, or keep your tee and throw a cardigan on top. Once the weather gets cooler, a thicker chunky sweater with white pants and booties is also a fabulous look.

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7. Wear Basics that are not Season Specific

When in doubt, fall back on the basics that you can wear all year round. For example, a striped top, a chambray shirt, a utility jacket worn with white jeans are excellent transition pieces. A fall-colored scarf, bag, or some fall jewelry will tie the look together.


Now you know how to wear white pants in Autumn, here’s how to transition a white dress into fall.

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16 thoughts on “Wearing White Pants After Labor Day – Is it O.K?

  1. Hi Deb! Love this post. I’m heading up to northern WI for a month and taking my white pants with me for this still warm weather and the coolness to come! Good ideas!

  2. As Jennell stated I to am taking the step to wear white jeans in Winter. I’m going to pair it with a loose fitting black top and I’m going to wear black clogs that have a little bit of a heel. I’ve always been too timid to take the plunge but tomorrow I’m going to go for it.

  3. Love how u put things together- & even better go the step further to offer where to get the items… It would be perfect – if u had the link to purchase the actual product in the “look.” Thanks! If more women had the benefit of your knowledge, or took time to just read-look at your site there would be less 16/60’s walking around… U should blast it out to all the hs mons who r hanging onto & wearing their daughters styles!!

    1. Hi Tammy, Great to hear from you. The link to buy the clothes are in the post. See the little photos of clothes underneath each collage? Click on those to purchase. Cheers, Deborah

    1. Yes white can look fab and so can cream. I have a pair of cream colored jeans and a light creamy caramel colored sweater I wore yesterday and it looked great for this time of year when the weather is in-between. It had a rich monochromatic look. Cheers, Deborah

  4. Wow, maybe it’s me, but it’s the twenty-first century, and you would think that we would be over these silly, pretentious adages like “No white after Labor Day”. It’s an obnoxious rule that was probably derived by pompous people for pompous people.

    While I still believe that certain occasions and environments call for decorum, all this “wear this, wear that” is driven by silly, artificial rules from another time. If you live in Florida, why on earth would you need to wear grey tweed in October? Silly rules!

  5. Hi Deb, love the website, check it everyday!
    I’m am an Australian and we wear white all year round, no rules too laid back I think! x

  6. I have finally decided to wear my white jeans year round! I also wear open toed sandals year round:) My plan is white jeans with fall colored tops and sweaters and boots.This is a big step for me as I always thought no white after Labor Day:)

  7. I live in Arizona. Temperatures here are still in the low 100’s in September. I work in a resort, and love to see women still enjoying white in these ways: A gauzy white blouse with a colorful long skirt… shawls for a breezy evening on the patio…flowy open blouse over tank tops with any kind of bottom piece. NO white shoes or handbags please! I’ve always thought of white shoes or handbags as “old-lady-ish” anyway. BAH!

    1. HI Bobbi,
      LOL…White shoes are tricky even in summer or hot climates…much nicer to find a pretty pair of bronze, gold or silver (the dull kind, not the shiny)! White purses as long as they are updated can certainly be fabulous but they do get dirty and dingy easily so are a maintenance nuisance and have to be tossed sooner than later.

    1. Hi Lavender Dreams,
      Yes, I visit Florida frequently and have seen the “too casual, too often” as well. Probably because the weather is so nice and warm it is easy to just throw on a pair of capris or shorts and t-shirt and call it a day. No need to do that…a little sun dress and flat sandals will always look more polished and actually can be cooler as well! There are lots of ways to dump the frump and start feeling more energized and pretty when you go out!

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