Of all the things my mother omitted from teaching me about fashion, the ‘No white after Labor Day’ Rule may have been the most offensive. During my entire youth I was under the impression that white statements were only to be made during the three & a half months of summer that we were graced with each year. Traipsing up & down the hallways of my private school, I was living in a fashion miscreant’s paradise. The white Ralph Lauren Polo sweaters & Levi straight legs had limited time for appearances…or so I thought. Cut to the end of college when multiple fashion houses are screaming from their September issues that year-round white is not only acceptable but chic! My world had been turned upside down. I had been shaken to my very sartorial core. I thought back to that ‘No white after Labor Day’ rule & all the strings that attached itself to the web of lies. I was shaken, but suddenly a whole new world had opened. White after Labor Day? Just think of the possibilities.
With the freedom to don one of the best colors in the whole world, whenever we damn well please, comes a sense of responsibility. I’m talking wide leg trousers, crisp leather jackets, snowy white sweaters, & white winter wear. Don’t abuse the freedom of expression & continue to wear white cutoffs, eyelet lace, & crocheted tops. No more are the days of flouncy, white, backless tops. Throw a leather jacket over that thing, for Anna Wintour’s sake. White strappy sandals with a corked wedge – maybe not so much. A crisp white blazer with black piping – I think yes. It’s all about moderation, the appropriate venue, & the clothing material. Keep these three keys in mind next time you reach for that white crocheted crop top in October. Gag.