12 Ways to Wear White After Labor Day
We love tradition and etiquette more than most people we know, but just hear us out on this one. Call us crazy, but the time-honored custom of not wearing white after Labor Day now seems a bit outdated (if not a little archaic) to us. While we can agree that there’s a time and place for everything, we don’t see the sense in tossing out perfectly adequate white wardrobe staples simply because “that’s just the way things are done.” And let’s be honest, y’all—the turning of a date on the calendar does not mean that Southern weather is about to cooperate with our dreams of a brisk, early autumn. If there’s one thing Southerners have a knack for aside from our unwavering loyalty to tradition, it’s our ability to repurpose almost anything to fit our needs at the moment (think: Mason jars, household items, old bridesmaid dresses…just kidding), and our white wardrobe staples are no exception. While we’ll likely (and regretfully) be leaving our eyelet dresses and seersucker shorts along with the dog days of summer, we have to make a few exceptions on white pieces we can’t resist wearing after Labor Day comes and goes.
Mimi Fringed Wrap Scarf in Ivory
For white-after-Labor-Day skeptics, an oversized scarf is a noncommittal way to introduce white into your fall and winter lineup. Plus, they’re an A+ travel accessory for cold flights and road trips.
BUY IT: $48; anthropologie.com
Walker Leather Boots in Sundried Linen
The trick to wearing white shoes after Labor Day? Trade your open-toe sandals and easy, breezy espadrilles for low-heeled booties that are well suited for apple-picking and tailgates.
BUY THEM: $106.50; factory.jcrew.com
Give your beat-up denim jacket a break: This throw-on-and-go zip-up is an equally versatile answer to all your fall layer prayers.
BUY IT: $160; anthropologie.com
Usher your favorite sleeveless dresses into cooler weather by slipping a turtleneck on underneath.
BUY IT: $39.50; talbots.com
Luxe Faux Fur Vest
Save your most casual cold-weather looks from a bad case of the "blahs" with the addition of a plush finishing layer.
BUY IT: $85; nordstrom.com
Princess Mini Skirt in Double-Serge Wool in Ivory
A mini skirt, but make it Mama-approved. That it's made of wool offers a convincing argument in favor of winter white.
BUY IT: $110; jcrew.com
The Modern Loafer in Bone
We’d pair these with a plaid skirt or wine-colored corduroys for an effortlessly smart look.
BUY THEM: $168; everlane.com
Long Belted Cardigan in Anne White
Navigate fickle weather and changing temperatures with a lightweight knit that’s a cozy (and super flattering) alternative to bulkier coats.
BUY IT: $129; nordstrom.com
Slim Pocket Skinny Jeans in White
When you pack away the rest of your summer duds, keep the white jeans in your closet. Wear them with chunky sweaters, knee-length coats, and suede booties for seasonally appropriate looks.
BUY THEM: $61.99; loft.com
Adidas Originals Superstar Foundation
If there’s one trend with staying power, it’s the ever-versatile sneaker-as-a-style-statement. These fashion-forward kicks work well nearly year-round, plus they look good with jeans and maxi skirts alike, so you’re sure to get your money’s worth.
BUY THEM: $80; zappos.com
Mesa Hybrid Sweater Dress
A merino wool blend and stretchy side panels offer just the right amount of bend-and-flex for this easygoing closet staple.
BUY IT” $94.99; athleta.com
Cassidy Twist Headband in Ivory
Embrace the return of the preppy hair accessory, and top off your evening look with a silky crown that stylishly holds hair in place.
BUY IT: $24; anthropologie.com