It’s 2020, 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 used to take so seriously is long dead and gone. White pants can look very stylish this time of year. It’s all about what kind you wear and what you wear them with. Here are 5 style tips for wearing white pants in the Fall.
1. Wear Warmer Whites to Look Seasonless
There are a million shades of white, and most summer pants are an icy, cool shade. Cool white looks fresh, energetic, and crisp, and gives a high contrast look. You can wear cool white summer pants mixed with fall pieces when it is still hot outside (for example, September in the Northern US) but bright white from top-to-bottom looks too summery for fall.
As the leaves begin to turn and the temperature drops, you may find yourself wanting to project a warmer, cozier look. In this case, you are better off to shift to off-white, ivory, or creamy-colored pants. These softer white shades blend in with traditional fall colors like rust, brown, green, plum and create a quieter, more relaxed look.
3. Ground Your Look with a Colorful Fall Top
To pull off white pants after Labor Day, you need a top that transition you from summer into you into fall. You can go with a solid colored top in a bold fall color like burgundy, a multi-colored top in fall shades ( Dark florals like the one above are excellent for this), or you can wear an off white top that has some fall colors in it. Don’t try to match your whites; it won’t work and looks too matchy-matchy.
2. Choose Thicker, Heavier White Pants
Even more important than the shade of white, you choose to wear after Labor Day is the weight and thickness of your white pants. Thin, light pants don’t cut it in the fall. They just look too flimsy for sweaters and layering. Instead, try white denim jeans, white corduroy jeans ( like the ones above), or an off-white, lined pair of dress pants worn with a nice fall top.
4. Don’t Wear White Shoes
White shoes look great with white pants in summer, but in Fall, lose something, even if it is a warm fall. The only exception might be white lace-up sneakers which are trendy year-round.
To ground your fall look, I would suggest a shoe or bootie in a light neutral shade like tan, taupe, or brown. Black can also work if you have some black in your top. Also, an animal print shoe in leopard or snakeskin, works really well and is very in fashion for fall 2019.
5. Add Lots of Fall-Colored Accessories
Another trick to making the white pants look work is to add fall colored accessories, and if they have texture, all the better. For example, if you have a dark floral top, pull out the fall floral colors and find a bag, necklace, or leather jacket in these colors. Suede booties and shoes are popular and are a great way to add texture and weight and make white pants look more appropriate for Autumn. Even just all black and white with white jeans is a classy, timeless look.
Now you know how to wear white pants in Autumn, here’s how to transition a white dress into fall.
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