Thou Shalt Not Wear White After Labor Day. It’s possible that this age-old rule has been engrained into your brain’s fashion rulebook. I, on behalf of College Lifestyles, give you permission to break it immediately. On a practical note, wearing white is unquestionably the right fashion choice to stay cool under summer’s blistering heat. Well, it’s halfway through September, but here in Texas we didn’t get the fall memo; my weather forecast predicts temperatures in the 80s and 90s all week. Even when it does inevitably cool down, you don’t need an excuse to continue to work this sophisticated hue into your wardrobe. White adds a classy touch to any outfit and can be dressed up or down- a definite staple for any season when used the right way.
•Feeling Bold? Try White Jeans. You don’t have to give them up when the leaves start changing color. Instead, take a hint from nature and pair them with tops in hot fall hues, such as orange and burgundy. When wearing white jeans, avoid bare, summery shoes like open-toed sandals and wedges; instead, break out your favorite boots that have been oh-so-lonely all summer long.
•Looking for a subtle touch? Invest in some White Accent Pieces. White jewelry, belts, scarves and bags provide striking contrast when paired with fall’s traditionally darker pieces.
•Still a little post- Labor Day white-phobic? Stick with Off-white. Use the tips above, but replace white with off-white pieces in ivory, beige or even a cool grey. Even safer: wear these shades in fall-friendly fabrics like wool.
• Completely unconvinced? We get it-old habits die hard. Take a baby step with trendy White Nail Polish for a fresh, dazzling manicure.
Knowing that you don’t have to discriminate in your closet, check out CL’s Guide to Fall Fashion and challenge yourself to work in some crisp winter whites all season long.