Fashion: Yes, You Can Wear White After Labor Day (and Here’s How to Do It)

As the saying goes, “Rules are made to be broken.” And that’s exactly what our outlook is on the whole “don’t wear white after Labor Day” thing. After all, this crisp, clean hue doesn’t just look good during the warm-weather months of summer; it makes all your fall outfits look that much more sophisticated, too. That’s why we’re giving you a few outfit ideas and rules of thumb for rocking white after Labor Day—and all the way through fall.

Tip #1: Find the shade that works for you

As with pretty much every other color, not all shades of white match all skin tones. Whether it’s ivory, vanilla, bone, or pure white, find the hue that flatters your natural color to make sure you look your best. Fair skin tones do well with warm whites, while olive skin tones look great in a shade with cool undertones. Creamy whites work best on medium skin tones, while darker skin tones can wear essentially any shade of white.

Outfit idea

White (literally) works year-round when you wear it in the form of a crisp, tailored blazer. Slip one on over a structured sheath dress and pumps for more formal offices, or with a silk cami and ankle-length trousers for a look that’s a little more relaxed.

Tip #2: Mix textures for dimension

Adding pieces with different fabrics, weights, and textures is the simplest way to pull off white after Labor Day, especially when you’re wearing an all-white ensemble. Try distressed white jeans and a chunky or ribbed sweater for the weekend, or pair a silky white blouse with leather pants and heels for a super-sexy night-out look.

Outfit idea

Keep your white jeans looking casual by choosing a distressed pair and wearing them with a classic plaid button-down. Suede booties lend the look more of a fall vibe, while a statement necklace or stack of bangles dress it up.

Tip #3: Choose the right accessories

Ditch the bright statement jewelry you wore all summer, and add metallic styles to keep your fall whites looking fresh. Silver reads sleek and modern, while gold adds a warm glow and glamorous touch. Want to work in some color to your look? A patterned scarf or boldly hued handbag can be the perfect addition to an all-white ensemble.

Outfit idea

Strike the right weekend-casual note with a vintage tee, cuffed boyfriend jeans, your favorite sneakers, and a white jean jacket to top it all off.

Are you ready to make white your go-to hue post-Labor Day? Order one of our Style Edits now, and ask your stylist to send you some of our best white pieces.