There are plenty of standard “fashion rules” that are now common-place to break: black + brown or navy, mixing patterns, mixing metals, etc.
But the one rule that people have a hard time breaking is white after Labor Day. Maybe you find yourself staring at a pair of white shoes, wondering Should I? Can I? What about white skirts? Are those safe?
Despite years of rule breaking, the Fashion Gods have now deemed white after Labor Day not only admissible, but fashionable. “Winter White” was seen all over the runways for Fall 2012 — with models dressed from head to toe in snowy white — and it’s one of the many fashion trends set for Fall.
If you’re still having a hard time giving into the “white after Labor Day” idea, here are 12 easy and fashion-forward ways to wear white after Labor Day:
White Silk Trousers 1 of 12
White Tuxedo Pants 2 of 12
Hint of White 3 of 12For those dipping their toe in the White After Labor Day look, just add a white stripe to your tuxedo trousers.
Buy from J.Crew for $128
White Floral Pants 4 of 12
White Pants (Gasp!) 5 of 12These are no summery white pants, folks. These Stella McCartney pants, made from wool, are meant for the chillier weather.
Purchase from NET-A-PORTER for $685
White Dresses 6 of 12White or not, this dress screams Autumn. Pair it with darker leggings for a more traditional look.
Purchase from Madewell for $168
White Patterned Skirt 7 of 12Although a white pencil skirt is perfectly acceptable for Winter 2012, ease into the look by layering a pattern over top, like this skirt from the J.Crew Collection.
Purchase from J.Crew for $595
White Sweaters 8 of 12
White Sweaters 9 of 12Or add a little white to your outfit with an open cardigan.
Purchase from Piperlime for $69
White Button-Downs 10 of 12A classic choice, no matter the season.
Purchase from Zara for $59.90
Clock-blocked Shoes 11 of 12You might be on board with white sweaters and dresses, and possibly even pants, but then there's the shoes. It's the one "white after Labor Day" no-no that's been drilled into our heads: no white shoes. While I think it's fine to just go ahead and wear white, an easy way to side-step your reluctance might be to color-block with a darker color, like black.
Purchase from Piperlime for $150
White Coats 12 of 12
See all of the Fall 2012 fashion trends in our A to Z guide.
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