One of the oldest rules in fashion is to wear no white after Labor Day. This was initially adopted by the elite in the 1900s as they returned to cities after having spent their summer lounging in white and bright colored wardrobes. Labor Day, which has become known as the unofficial end of summer, was reason enough for them to return to their work wardrobes, which didn’t include white fabrics.
Today’s generation of fashion leaders have repeatedly broken this rule, and with good reason. Many say the rule is limiting and that white can be worn in every season if the person wearing it is confident enough.
This Fashionista warmed up in layers instead of opting for the more common parka many Torontonians wear in the winter months. She paired a casual gray hoodie with a white faux fur teddy bear coat and high-waisted white mom jeans with a raw hem. She kept colors neutral and to a minimum, and accessorized with a complementing black belt and combat boots, giving her casual look some edge. By throwing a faux fur coat over a hoodie, this Fashionista proves that elevated casual wear is a thing.
The reason the amount of white in this Fashionista’s outfit works is because the material of the clothing is practical for winter weather. The white faux fur coat provides warmth and is ultimately a more chic alternative to the parka, and the white jeans do the same. Many of us know that denim is durable but it’s also a great insulator.
Nevertheless, seasons shouldn’t determine what colors we can or cannot wear. Although white does reflect light and is more often worn in the summer, the old fashion rule of no white after Labor Day simply doesn’t make the cut today. It’s all about wearing what you want when you want and feeling good in your clothes no matter.