Style Tips: How to Wear White after Labor Day


Who says you can't wear white after Labor Day? Well, okay, I guess a lot of people do. There are some traditional fashion rules that die hard and that seems to be one of them. In the areas of the country where there is no perceptible change in the season, when there is barely a shift in temperature from August to October, then this rule wouldn't make sense anyway. But for those of us whose everyday outfit is determined by how big the chill in the air is, then it's very easy to pack up all those bright and light colors and bring out the fall wardrobe once the unofficial end of summer comes.

But guess what? You totally can wear white after Labor Day and here's how:

1. Material and fabric matter just as much as color does. Linen and seersucker scream summer, but most other fabrics do not. Cotton, jersey, silk, wool, twill, etc., these are fabrics that either can be worn year-round or are only worn during the colder months. For example, my beloved white wool winter coat that I plan to wear until it's just a series of holes? No one would accuse me of not being seasonally appropriate because the coat is white. Check the fabric and if it screams summer to you, then it's probably not a transitional piece of clothing. These Reversible Striped Jersey Pants in this photo are the perfect transitional pair since they're made with 100% jersey, a fabric that works all year long.

2. Keep it classic. This black and white look works in any season and never goes out of style. I paired these white and black pants with a black, draped top and funky, black Mary Jane heels. To complete the classic look, I added red lipstick and mascara.

3. Pair white with another neutral. I happened to choose the classic black and white look for the outfit of the day, but white transitions well from season to season with other neutrals, such as a gray or camel-colored piece of clothing. These Reversible Striped Jersey Pants with a lightweight gray sweater and flats or sneakers would have looked appropriate for September as well.

4. Bring in a trend. Make any piece of your wardrobe very "now" by bringing in an element that works for fall. Yes, I did keep this look classic, but I also added the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year to the look. Can you spot it? My nails are painted in marsala, a beautiful color that is perfect for fall.

Et voila, that's today's #OOTD!

For other style tips and outfits of the day, check out the blog.

To see more about these Reversible Striped Jersey Pants (hint, the other side is black), click here.

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