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Wearing White After Labor Day Rocks

Updated on October 21, 2011

Wearing white after Labor Day? No way!! Rethink that idea! Wearing white after Labor Day rocks! You will be dressing on the edge and up-to-date while making those spring and summer pieces year round essentials! Save money by taking these looks through the year!

White sundress cruises into fall with gold accessories and a denim military jacket!
White sundress cruises into fall with gold accessories and a denim military jacket! | Source
White moves into winter with leggings and animal print accents accessories.
White moves into winter with leggings and animal print accents accessories. | Source

A Few Basic Rules

My grandmother would NEVER have worn white after Labor Day. White shoes, blouses, pants, skirts and dresses would all have been tucked away into the back of the closet to wait until spring burst forth once again to be seen. She was born in 1895 girls!! Get into the present and keep your white clothing items out front all year long!

There are many ways to wear white in the fall and winter without looking ridiculous! Here are a few simple rules to keeping it in check:

  1. Wear winter weight clothing. White jeans, white wool blazer, and a white denim jacket are all right on track for fall and winter. Pair them with fall prints and colors and they will rock! White jeans with a print top and a black blazer and black heels will have you strutting in style!
  2. Pair your whites with fall or winter colors. Toss the pastels and florals into the back - no need for them with your whites in the fall and winter! Pull out the jewel tones and earth tones and the whites will not only pop, but they will make your entire outfit glisten!
  3. Keep your "white percentage" below your "color percentage". This is not as complicated as it sounds. If your wearing white, make sure that there is more color in your outfit than white. Your jewelry and shoes should have color. Your handbag should have color. Your jacket should have color. You should have less white overall than you have color.
  4. If you wear white shoes, do not wear white clothes. White shoes should have additional white accessories to give them balance, but your clothing should be based in color. Your accessories can be white print, but they should be mainly white to give your shoes the pop of power they will need. Against a palette of jewel tones, white accessories and shoes are awesome!
  5. Wear creams and eggshell with earth tones. Wear whites with jewel tones, metallics and blacks.

Some of my favorites are:

  • white button-front shirt with black leggings, black pumps, leopard print belt, leopard print handbag, black earrings and bracelets
  • white sundress with denim military jacket, denim heels, gold earrings and bracelets, gold handbag
  • white skinny jeans with silver oversize, metal-studded T, black lace cami, black leather blazer, silver heels, silver handbag

White summer essentials can be great in the fall and winter. Make sure to build the outfit well and you will be up-to-date and sporting a cutting edge outfit. Give it a try and see what a great look it is!

Photos and Text Copyright 2011 Deborah M. Carey

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      4 years ago

      How do i start being sales person

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      Debbie Carey 

      7 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA


      Thanks for the compliments - that is my favorite fall outfit and it looks great on gals of all ages and sizes! I am not sure on the actual reason, but I would think that washing whites wasn't as easy and after Labor Day, the weather begins to get a bit...messy! I wouldn't want to deal with it!

      Thanks for reading!

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      Heather Rode 

      7 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      This is a great hub. I have always wondered what is the reason or history behind not wearing white after Labor Day? Personally, I don't wear a ton of white because I'm nervous I will spill something. A white button down shirt over black leggings is getting me in the mood for fall and reminds me a bit of the 90s. I love it! Thanks for the fashion advice; I can always use it! :P

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      Debbie Carey 

      7 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA


      Thanks for reading and for the compliments! I agree blizzards BEG for boots! I, however, am a HUGE boot fan and even wrote a hub about it! Check it out! Have a good one!

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      7 years ago

      thanks for a cool hub. Up on fashion! yay. We grew up with that thought too, that white after labor day wasn't okay. Sign of the new day dawning. White all year round is fine with me. I wear my tank tops all year round too under things. And I get away with waterproof shoes for most of the year too. Even on winter days! hooray for no boots! Although some days, I have to wear boots. Blizzards call for them.

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      Debbie Carey 

      7 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA


      Thanks for reading and for the compliments! God Bless!

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      The Fastionista 

      7 years ago

      Awesome suggestions for incorporating Post-Labor Day white into an outfit! I especially love the white sundress with the military denim jacket - Very chic idea. Thanks for posting - Vote up!

    • prektjr.dc profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Carey 

      7 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA


      Thanks! Really love to find ways to wear my favorites all year! God Bless!

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      7 years ago

      I have to agree, wearing white with a certain amount of balance with colors is unique. There is nothing like your own style. Great post.


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