You Can (and Should) Wear White After Labor Day

You Can (and Should) Wear White After Labor Day

In the musty old days of strict fashion rules, wearing white was considered a post-Labor Day no-no. But then again, black was once only proper for mourning, and denim was only acceptable if you were mining for gold. Or maybe repairing someone’s carriage. And good luck enforcing those rules today. The point is, times have changed. And with them, the antiquated notion that you can’t wear white after Labor Day. The truth is, even if your name isn’t Tom Wolfe, you can wear white any damn time of year you want. Here are 12 pieces to prove it.

 

A HOODIE
A white hoodie is great for the ending days of summer, and looks cool layered under more structured jackets in the fall.

A WAFFLE KNIT TEA

 Waffle knits are one of the many wonders of fall fashion. But in between seasons, it can be a little warm to wear. A white short sleeve one is a good happy medium.
A TWILL JACKET
This collaborative jacket is the perfect weight and shape for fall, but it also has a good story. The watercolor illustration across the shoulder and back is meant to depict climate change-induced flooding—stylish and environmentally aware.
A BACKPACK
If you’re not on board the all-white outfits, an ivory backpack is a subtle way to include the shade.
A WHITE OXFORD
There are few articles of clothing more versatile than a white oxford cloth button-down. Dress it up with a blazer, dress it down with jeans, go prep, go skater, it doesn’t really matter. A white oxford will work with just about anything you choose.
WHITE SNEAKERS
White sneakers after labor day? Of course. The truth is, we live in a world where white sneakers are a go-to year round. After all, nothing makes an outfit pop like this minimalist classic.
WHITE JEANS
While they may not be great during the thick of winter, when you have to trudge through three feet of snow, on milder days, white jeans are a perfect option. The trick is  to pair them with darker colors—like a black cashmere crewneck sweater or a navy cardigan—rather than your traditional summer pastels.
A WHITE DINNER JACKET

Sure, it’s a little advanced. One wrong move and you could end up looking like a waiter. But pull it off and a white dinner jacket is your key to owning the room when things get formal. It worked for James Bond.

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