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6 Ways to Rock White Fashions

Why Can’t You Wear White After Labor Day?

Good news– you can wear white after Labor Day! That rule is as old and outdated as not wearing black to a wedding. With summer coming, now is the very best time of year to add white into heavy rotation in your wardrobe.

In the fashion and style scene, white clothing is everywhere and acceptable anytime.

Just a few days ago, this conversation took place in my classroom:

High School Girl A:  Mrs. Lutrell, do you think it is okay for me to wear white pants to a party tonight?

Me:  Of course, white pants are very in right now.

High School Girl B:  Oh no, no one should wear anything white before Easter or after Labor Day.  Everyone knows that.  (Other girls nodded in agreement)

6 Ways to Wear White

I smiled and explained this was an archaic fashion rule which has been gone for a long time, but that many of us in midlife were taught by our mothers the old time frame for wearing white.

I hoped I was not getting in trouble with anyone’s mom, but those rules really are gone and white is going to be big throughout this entire year for all ages.

Recently I attended an event for our local fashion society and many of the ladies were wearing white with bright colors.  The combination was gorgeous and refreshing.

So, if you would like to join in with those donning white, I have some suggestions.

How to Wear White Fashions

  1. White pants or jeans – you can just about wear them with anything. I found a great pair on a clearance rack recently.  They are cotton, shorter length, and a slim cut leg.  I was thrilled to find them priced so reasonably.  My friends in France tell me that the Parisian woman is wearing white pants as part of their regular wardrobe now. White pants are a must have in Paris.
  2. White leggings – These look wonderful with a bright colored tunic top. I love them with bright blue, green and fuchsia.
  3. White jackets or cardigans – Yes, to wear now. I like the boyfriend length in a white jacket and to style it with a black blouse and pants.  Black and white will still be a trend this spring.
  4. White pencil skirt – a great addition to your wardrobe for right now and as we get into warmer weather, you could consider a white dress.
  5. White blouses – Most of know we need a classic, well fit, white collared shirt in our wardrobe. This is important for any midlife closet and can we worn all year long.
  6. White accessories – For now, consider white scarves, bracelets and necklaces. You can shop for a great white shoe for the spring season.

Find the Right Shade of White for You

I believe all of us have our own shades of white we like.  And usually the shade we like is the one most flattering to our individual complexion. I have always favored the more creamy white over the bright whites.  Very pale or very dark skin might be more flattered in a pure, bright white. My husband has never understood the difference, but I get it!

One more archaic rule: somehow, we were taught white will make you look heavier.  I do not find that to be true at all.  The right cut and fit of a garment is the important part, no matter the color.

Pamela Lutrell

Pamela Lutrell began her blog, over50feeling40, July 2010 with a desire to encourage women over 50 to walk in strength, confidence and joy. Of course, head turning style makes each day fun!

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Lisha Fink

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

My white denim jacket is my favorite accessory! And as for white blouses, I can only say the Catholic schoolgirl never outgrew them!

Carol Cassara

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

White is not my best color, so I don't wear it near my face. without a pop of color.


Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

I've always been very partial to white, and probably have more white blouses than I should! I love white jeans for winter styled with boots and a sweater.


Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

Pam I love white jeans year round and the same goes for a classic white shirt! As you say it is all about the cut, fit and I think what you pair white with to look chic!

xoxo Karena The Arts by Karena


Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

This is something I have strugged with, given my mother's words (not to mention I'm from the 'not before Memorial Day or after Labor Day' era). I have every one of the pieces you mentioned above. I really need to take a bold step forward and get the white out of the closet BEFORE Memorial Day! I love my white jeans and have always been disappointed that I "could" only wear them for a short time, basically spring and early summer in my mind. So you have encouraged me to be bold and do this! The only problem I see with that is the snow and slush, so they will have to be tucked into boots here in Ohio until the snow melts (if it ever does!) but I'm going to get them out. I will be wearing my beautiful white jacket to work with my black pants as bold move #2. I'm sure this will draw a few stares, because believe me when I say that you just don't see white where I live until after Memorial Day! I feel like I'm living in another lifetime where all the freedom doesn't apply! I always thought these were silly rules, even if I did follow them. I think I'd even wear the white pencil skirt with my cobalt blue sweater - that does appeal! Thanks for the encouragement to be free of the old rules Pam!

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