The first rule about fashion is there are no rules. Of course there are tips and tricks and figure flattering guidelines but fashion is so personal, so intimate, that it’s really impossible to makes rules that fit every personality, every style. I know we hear them all the time:
The hem of your skirt should lengthen as you age. Listen I’m 43 with killer legs and I’m not afraid to show them off.
Don’t mix prints. Well that’s just no fun at all. Mix them up!
Your bag should match your shoes. Seriously unless they are both classic black please just don’t.
Don’t mix your metals (no gold with silver). Of course metals are neutral so this is silly, just don’t do it in half (wear 2 gold bangles and 1 silver).
Horizontal stripes aren’t flattering. Not true. As long as the piece fits properly (don’t buy a size too small and stretch those stripes) they can be quite flattering.
Don’t wear white after Labour Day. This is an old rule with a debatable history that may be attributed simply to the changing seasons – nobody wants to get their white frocks muddy or covered in soot, or it may have been a rule made popular by the upper class who donned their summery whites while at their vacation homes and put them away when it was time to get back to the city. Whatever it’s origin, this century old fashion rule has over stayed it’s welcome. White does a place in your wardrobe, no matter what the season.
So how do you wear white after labour day? However you want of course. Here are a few of my favorites:
Chunky white cable knit sweaters over a pair of sleek dark jeans or slacks.
White winter accessories – think mittens, scarves, leg warmers (so hot) and even some fun fuzzy ear muffs.
White boots. Anyone that knows me knows I have a thing for boots. A pair of creamy white tall boots or even booties are a fall staple.
A white blazer over a more traditional fall coloured shirt (like olive green) or vice versa is a chic look at work or out and about.
White and leather – pair a simple white turtle neck with a pair of black leather pants or a leather pencil skirt. Nothing says fall like leather.
Pick heavier fabrics when choosing fall and winter white clothing. You don’t want to look like you just stepped off the plane in Winterpeg from your hot Mexican vacation.
Have fun with texture and fabric – try wearing your whites in shearling, cashmere or fake fur.
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Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.