How to Wear White After Labor Day

[ 0 ] September 7, 2010 |

Many people shy away from white during the fall and winter months because of the old tradition of not wearing white after Labor Day.

However, the fashion faux pas lies more in fabric choice than color. Labor Day weekend is the time to put all your linens and light flowy fabrics away. Airy summer dresses are a no-no for Fall/Winter, but that doesn’t mean white is off limits. There are many ways you can still wear white after Labor Day without the fashion police coming to get you.

Sweaters and Knitwear

The simplest way to wear white after Labor Day is in the form of a warm and fuzzy sweater. The brightness of the color white adds a refreshing and unexpected punch to the fall and winter seasons, which are mostly dominated by dark colors.

Clockwise from top left: Large Punchlock Leather Satchel, $180, TopShop; Knitted Cobweb Cowl Jumper, $65, TopShop; Women’s Long Button-Front Trench Coats, $49.50, Old Navy,  Samie Animal Print Ballet Flat, $98, Banana Republic; Legging Jeans, $69.50, Gap; Earrings are for Lovers, $13.99, ModCloth.

Coupons to use before you shop: Banana Republic, Old Navy, Gap.


You’ll be a burst of light on a cloudy day in this outfit. White outerwear is so chic because while everyone else is dressed in dark blacks, greys and browns, you’ll stand out by sporting a light and cheery color that’ll have everyone staring.

Clockwise from top left: Auto Walker Umbrella, $36.00, TopShop; White Cotton-Poly Piped Trenchcoat, $108.99, Bluefly; Leatherette Shoulder Bag, $30.80, Forever 21; Nomad Puddles, $48.95, ShoeBuy; Everyday Knit Legging, $39.50, Banana Republic; AE V-Neck Sweater, $39.50, American Eagle Outfitters.

Coupons to use before you shop: Bluefly, ShoeBuy, Banana Republic.


The little white dress is  a summer basic, but a LWD can actually be worn in the winter months as well. When wearing a white dress in the winter months, make sure you pair it with winter staples. For this outfit, I added a thick black belt to add some weight to the dress. Adding black tights and ankle boots ensure that you’ll stay warm and stay winter appropriate.

Clockwise from top Left: Hawke Black Cotton Blend Tiered Trench, $119.00, Bluefly; Draped Hammered Silk Dress, $250.00, Saks Fifth Avenue; Butterfly Draped Chain Earrings, $3.80, Forever 21; Iacovone, $120.00, Aldo; Black Studded ‘Astor’ Zip Front Stretch Belt, $35.00, Bluefly, Black 50 Denier Opaque Tights, $8.00, TopShop.

Coupons to use before you shop: Saks Fifth Avenue.

The Classic White Shirt

This wardrobe staple is a must-have all year round. To make this basic work for Fall and Winter, try wearing it under a cardigan. Try this perfect weekend fall outfit when running errands in the cool weather.

Clockwise from top left: Don’t Leaf Without Us Earrings, $15.99, ModCloth; Knitted Chunky Shawl Cardigan, $90.00, TopShop; White Diamond ‘Laurent’ Boyfriend Blouse, $138.99, Bluefly; Leather Bow Detail Hodall, $100.00, TopShop; Always Skinny Jeans, $69.50, Gap; Maholo Jeweled Flat, $110.00, Banana Republic.

Coupons to use before you shop: Banana Republic, Bluefly.

Work Wear

The safest way to wear white after Labor Day is by adding pops of white to an outfit. This is easily achieved by adding a ruffled white blouse under a structured suit. Not only does this add some femininity to your work wear, it’ll give your dark suit some lightness and visual interest.

Clockwise from top left: Lightweight Wool Black Blazer, $198.00, Banana Republic; Sleevelesss Ruffle front Top, $69.50, Banana Republic; Floral Field Earrings, $3.80, Forever 21; Air Miranda Pumps, $198.00, Saks Fifth Avenue; Martin Fit Skinny Pant, $89.50, Banana Republic; Bella Satchel, $79.00, Nine West.

Coupons to use before you shop: Banana Republic, Saks Fifth Avenue.

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