Break the Rules: 10 Ways to Wear White After Labor Day

Break the Rules: 10 Ways to Wear White After Labor Day

Just like when we were in high school, we're ignoring the rules this fall.

By Katherine Kluznik

Looking both ways before crossing the street… Sniffing the ancient carton of milk in your fridge before sipping… Some rules are worth following. Others, however, are a little less clear cut. Case in point: the mandate not to wear white after Labor Day. Do a little research and you’ll discover that no one even knows where this sartorial guideline came from. So we say, time to scrap the whole concept. And we’re not the only ones flouting convention, as the spate of white fashion now hitting stores proves. Ahead, 10 ways to wear autumn’s unexpected new neutral.

Michael Michael Kors Sweater

Clean lines and a perfect ribbed knit pretty much guarantee this white piece with work with every fall skirt and pair of jeans in your wardrobe. 

BUY FROM: Net-a-Porter, $175

Mila Schon Scarf

Circle a super-fine cashmere scarf around your neck for a visual break from darker hues you usually dig out of storage at this time of the year. 

BUY FROM: Forzieri, $93.60

Frame Le Garcon Jeans

Contrast with a neutral sweater and ankle-boots to firmly ground your snow-white jeans in the new season.

BUY FROM: Net-a-Porter, $200

Pedro Garcia Boots

One part sneaker, one part cozy boot, these shearling shoes are far more fun in white than murkier hues. If the price tag seems a little steep, save half a grand with Ugg’s take on the trend.

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $650

Tom Ford White Patchouli Fragrance

If you’d prefer to keep your rule-breaking on the DL, mist on Tom Ford White Patchouli, a modern interpretation of the classic note.

BUY FROM: Sephora, $122

Rebecca Minkoff Bag

A minimalist design is leagues more interesting when rendered in clean white leather. And this tote’s subtle black detailing keeps it perfectly seasonal.

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, SALE $176.98 (Regularly $295, 40% Off!)

Ella + Mila Nail Polish in Love Connection

Sure, there are lots of new fall polish hues to choose from, but why not go for something less obvious and (ahem) nail your fall look with a milky manicure? It’s clean. It’s pretty. And the contrast keeps hands from looking pasty even when your summer tan is a rapidly fading memory. 

BUY FROM: Ulta, $10.50

Dior Sunglasses


We might have crossed unofficially into the fall season, but the sun’s still shining as bright as ever. These Dior glasses with their white frame flatter just about every face shape and complexion. 

BUY FROM: Matches Fashion, SALE $175 (Regularly $293, 40% Off!)

Cosabella Panties

Restock your lingerie drawer with a trio of the prettiest white panties that also happen to be the comfiest on the market. 

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $60

Kensie Coat

You’d be hard pressed to find a cozier coat than this faux shearling version, the ideal piece for transitioning into the new season. 

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, SALE $129.90 (Regularly $198, 33% Off!)

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