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How to wear white after Labor Day

How to... wear white after Labor Day

Wearing white after Labor Day may seem like a big fashion faux pas, but it's really a rewarding risk fashionistas should take. Imagine the limitless outfits you could create with white denim jeans, a cream lace dress and an ivory blazer -- in the fall and winter months. It opens up a whole new section to your closet that is dying to get out and be worn year-round.
Leslie Mann wearing white and black

Imagine the limitless outfits you could create with white denim jeans, a cream lace dress and an ivory blazer -- in the fall and winter months. It opens up a whole new section to your closet that is dying to get out and be worn year-round.

Step 1: Picking a fabric

When it comes to wearing white, we have to remember that there are certain fabrics that are appropriate for spring and summer months, and some better suited for fall and winter. Light cotton and linen fabrics are out, while cashmere, heavy cotton and corduroy are in. Tuck away your white linen pants, keep wearing your white denim jeans, and say hello to big chunky cream-colored sweaters. Pair your white skinny jeans with a chambray shirt and brown leather boots for a cute, comfortable look in the fall. Then pair your big cream sweater with black skinny jeans (or leggings) and flats for the winter months. Both looks are easy to create and perfect for the months following Labor Day.

Step 2: 50 shades of white

As with fabrics, picking the correct shade of white after Labor Day is key to getting the right look. Bone, ivory, off-white and cream are some favorites to wear in the fall and winter months. A closet staple like a crisp white tailored blouse is always in. Tuck it into a black pencil skirt for work or wear it untucked with a pair of skinny jeans and pumps for a night out. Since lace overtook most of our wardrobes this summer, why not keep a good thing going? Don’t put your favorite pieces away for the rest of the year -- pair your cream lace shorts and/or dress with black tights and booties to make a summer staple look wintry.

pearl necklaceStep 3: Whiten up your accessories

Not only can you continue to wear your white wardrobe year-round, you can also accessorize with the various shades of white. Carrying a cream leather bag complements a winter wardrobe perfectly. Adding an ivory belt to a little black dress or adding a simple pearl necklace to the ensemble are other ways to play up white accessories in the months after Labor Day. Cream-colored berets, scarves and gloves add a youthful vibe to any look and are a fun way to spice up a casual outfit.

Step 4: Let’s get some shoes

While some white shoes should be put away after Labor Day, there are still plenty that can make their way out of your closet into the fall and winter seasons. Tuck away your white espadrilles, cork wedges and sandals but feel free to pull out your cream-colored combat boots, flats and bone leather pumps. These pumps are a perfect complement to your LBD and can also be worn with black, blue and white skinny jeans. This versatile shoe is a must-have in your closet and is begging to be worn 12 months a year. So be bold, be brave and break out your 50 shades of white this season.

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