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5 Ways to Transition All White into the Fall Season

By: Alexandria Traylor |

As a connoisseur of all things fashion and on trend, I could not help but hear about the renowned post Labor Day banning of white clothing and especially white shoes. Where the heck did this rule come from and why is it even a “rule” in the first place? In the early 1900s, those who lived in the northern cities would dish their heavy wool and darker colored clothing for a lighter fabric that promised to keep them cool. White was the color of choice in the summer months. White clothing was proven to be more comfortable and kept the body cooler in times that central air conditioning was unheard of. Many affluent urbanites would take advantage of the summer months and retreat to beach houses and cottages sporting their all white ensembles. Once the summer months were over, marked by the Labor Day holiday, the fashionable citizenry would shed their white pieces in exchange for their warmer darker colored clothing once again.

We also have the early big city fashionistas to blame. American Fashion’s author Charlie Scheips writes “All the magazines and tastemakers were centered in big cities, usually in northern climates that had seasons. In the hot summer months, white clothing kept New York fashion editors cool. But facing, say, heavy fall rain, they might not have been inclined to risk sullying white ensembles with mud”. The all-white ban was a cruel unspoken rule enacted by the privileged wives of society. To determine who would be accepted into specific social circles, numerous fashion rules were established that everyone in the know had to follow. Banning white after Labor Day was another example of this frivolous social creed.

Here are 5 fall inspired ways to tap into your inner rebel and go against the coveted no white after Labor Day “rule”. Try one or a few of these easily mastered outfit inspirations this fall season!


  1. White Oversized Cardigan / Sweater

Pair your white chunky sweater with distressed denim and nude pumps for a ladies night out or with tights and tennis shoes for a more casual look.


  1. All White Trouser Suit

Do you have a dinner party or a semi-formal networking mixer to attend? Effortlessly own the room in a tailored all white suit. Pair with pearl earrings or a cubic zirconia statement choker to take things up a notch.



  1. White Faux Fur Coat

A true white faux fur coat can be difficult to find, but when you do wear it to the max. Pair this plush accessory with literally anything. Wear your favorite all denim outfit with nude or statement heels for an extra ounce of drama. Arrive the belle of the ball to your family or friend’s holiday party decked out in a bad dress and your faux fur.



  1. White Long Sleeve Dress

With social mixers and holiday parties beginning to be bountiful in the upcoming seasons every girl needs to own at least one all white long sleeve dress. While everyone will be focused on plum, berry, and olive hues, all eyes will be focused on you.



  1. White Pumps

With white being so taboo, choose to make your all white shoes the focal piece of your outfit. Adorn darker colors such as charcoal, slate gray, black or maroon whilst complementing your look with a spark of white at the bottom.


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