No White After Labor Day?

Style Tips: How To Wear White After Labor Day?
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Style Tips: How To Wear White After Labor Day?

Learn how to wear white after Labor Day. Get the best style advice from your personal stylist. Look amazing in white all fall long!

US Labor Day falls on 6th September in 2021. To many this has traditionally been the time to pack away your white clothing for the winter. I am asking if it’s necessary anymore? Let’s go investigate!

History of The “No White After Labor Day” – Style Rule

Why would you pack away something that looks great on you? Especially when the summer might be still going on strong. I love white autumn and winter looks because of their freshness.

Some style rules have no place in the modern world and I think this might be one of those. In my professional image consultant opinion you can totally ignore this style rule and continue to wear what you want.

The grand house of American etiquette, The Emily Post Institute in Vermont gives us a historical insight to this now dated style rule. Their advice helps us understand better why people believed that white was only for the summer.

“Back in Emily’s day—the nineteen 00s, 10s and 20s—the summer season was bracketed by Memorial Day and Labor Day. Society flocked en masse from town house to seaside “cottage” or mountain “cabin” to escape the heat.

City clothes were left behind in exchange for lighter, whiter, summer outfits. Come fall and the return to the city, summer clothes were put away and more formal city clothes donned once more.

It was an age when there was a dress code for practically every occasion, and the signal to mark the change between summer resort clothes and clothing worn for the rest of the year was encapsulated in the dictum “No white after Labor Day.” And it stuck.”

– Emily Post Institute

Nowadays wearing white in the autumn/fall and even winter is completely acceptable. After seeing these stylish looks you will want to wear your white outfits way past Labor Day!

1. Beautiful White Dresses

Wear these beauties with cool boots and chunky knitwear. My first instinct would be to reserve my white dresses for summer only. But then I saw some seriously stylish girls wearing theirs with black opaque tights and big cardigans and I changed my mind.

A peak of a white dress looks really nice under a long trench coat. I also like a fresh white frock worn with a serious blazer. You can also add layers under your dress to keep you warm. My favorite is the good old turtle neck that updates instantly any look to fall-winter season.

2. Fantastic White Blazers

Glam up your denim with a crisp white blazer. This look is typically associated with spring but I assure you that it’s doable in the fall too.

Wear a black or camel turtleneck under your white blazer to take away the summer feel of the look. White blazer is also a great background for soft scarves and cozy ponchos.

You could also try dressing up a boho-style dress with a smart white blazer. I love that contrast of styles a lot!

3. Gorgeous White Boots

A white shoe makes any look super fresh as we know from our summer styles. But what about autumn and winter? It’s tricky but with the right styling it will look great after Labor Day.

White shoes work well with black tights, both opaque and 20 denier. Especially French girls make that look so effortlessly cool. Tall white boots look fabulous with flowy midi dresses and midi skirts. The chunky ankle boot works great with skinny jeans, mini skirts, midi dresses and cropped trousers.

I also like slouchy modern tailoring with a box fresh white sneaker. Take a look at these stylish picks and fall in love.

4. …And The Perfect Handbags To Finish Your All-White Look

5. Great White Jeans

I used to pack my white jeans away after the summer before I realized that they look amazing with chunky knitwear and cool ankle boots.

White is a great canvas for many prints and statement colors, also those with strong autumn vibes. And of course the monochrome black & white look works all year round. All shades of brown combine well with white denim too.

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White is not your color after all? Try wearing green to work instead or go for a classic navy business look.

This post was originally published on 11th September 2015 and updated on 30th August 2021 with FABULOUS new styles for you to shop.

Enjoy your Labor Day 2021 in style and keep on wearing fresh white all fall long!

5 thoughts on “No White After Labor Day?

  1. Katrina says:

    I LOVE wearing white and it’s one of my favourite colours. It’s a closet staple. I couldn’t imagine not wearing white during the winter, but also the history behind “no white after Labour Day” is so fascinating.

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