One of my memories from childhood is of my mom putting my white sandals away after I wore them to church for the last time on Labor Day weekend, year after year. “Don’t wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day”- that was a motto I lived and dressed by growing up. Even in college, when mid August rolled around, I would stand in front of my closet and do a quick inventory of the white clothes I still wanted to wear before it was “too late”. However, fashion rules change – and the ushering in of fall 2014 includes the introduction of white as not only an acceptable, but also a fashionable color to wear. This bold new trend is made even more appealing by the fact that you don’t need to go shop for a whole wardrobe for fall – instead, you can get more use out of some of your summer favorites!
Keep in mind that, like any other trend, it needs to be worn the right way and in the right amount. Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Don’t overdue it. Just because white is acceptable now for autumn attire doesn’t mean you should wear it every day. Conservatively sprinkle it throughout your wardrobe – avoid wearing it more than a couple times a week.
2. Know what to pair with it. This is so very important in order to pull off the new white trend successfully. Heavier textured fabrics in the form of sweaters and and blazers as well as dark, muted colors provide not only a nice contrast to the white, but also create a look that is more suited to autumn instead of summer.
3. Be confident. Don’t walk in to the office and ask your coworkers if they think your white pants are still in season or not – because it’s not up to them! The key to wearing any new trend well is to be confident in what you’re wearing. Second-guessing yourself will only lead to failure.
4. It’s a trend, not a rule. Are you uncomfortable wearing white that late in the year? Then it’s simple: don’t wear it. Fashion trends come and go frequently, and through it all the most important thing is that you stay true to your own sense of style.