Pearly Whites: A Guide to White After Labor Day

You might have heard some older patrons throw around this old fashion rule, or even heard some whispers as you walked past in white jeans on September 12th. Yeah, yeah… you’re not supposed to wear white after Labor Day, but who really came up with that rule in the first place?

The story goes that wearing white in the winter months spread throughout the nation in the early to mid-20th century. At the height of its popularity, the color white signified upper class and refinement while the masses wore drab colors. I mean, who wants that?! You can incorporate white any time of the year (hello, winter white!) fashion rules be damned!

White After Labor Day

It’s easy to add white to your wardrobe. It works as both a neutral and a standout, depending on your styling. You can use white to make your brighter colors pop or play around with earth tones and allow that pearly white to add the crispness your ensemble deserves.


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Maybe you’re not about clothes and accessories (hello, ketchup!) but it’s always nice to add white to your home. It also works as the perfect accent color so you won’t have to worry about keeping your home spotless 24/7.

And if you’re not about any of that, maybe you can just head to a white sand beach. We hear Bora Bora is lovely this time of year…well, any time of year actually. While everyone’s adjusting to fall, you’ll be back slipping a few more tropical cocktails on snow white beaches before the summer truly ends. That’s an easy way to stop those “no white after Labor Day” naysayers!

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Pretty Little Thing “Marlow” Ruffled Shirt, $38.50

Cult Gaia Acrylic Ark Bag, $298

Corbett Lighting “Altitude” Cluster Pendant, now $893

Hanover Kern “Fig & Olive” Hand and Body Duo, $38

Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island, $646/night.

– Taneisha Jordan Willour

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