Dispelling Myths: You CAN Wear White After Labor Day!

Welcome back to another week of “MythBusters”, APM style, and this time we are discussing a long standing taboo of wearing white after Labor Day. I hear people being weary of doing this and I just want to scream, “WHY???” Some may say that white is a color that is hard to make look “effortless” and it is “too cool & lightweight” to wear in winter months but I say TO HELL WITH THAT. I SAID IT. In the early 1900s, white was considered a social statement in the summer months, indicating you were wealthy enough to buy light-weight clothing so in turn, it wasn’t worn when it wasn’t cold. These days, clothes are relatively cheap and there are many styles in which to wear white despite the temperature outside.

Robin did a post earlier in the year, dispelling wearing white before Labor Day and if you want to check out her “rules” for doing so, heres the link. Wearing white after Labor Day follows similar “guidelines” as what Robin laid out but with a few add-ons…

First- Layer, layer, layer. Layering is a great way to cozy up your white look while adding weight; something that’s necessary when it’s cold! Chunky sweaters or duster cardigans are a great place to start with adding layers in white clothes for winter. They can also be easily transitioned into spring- double win! 

Second- Weather appropriate shoes. Robin talked about a neutral shoe being necessary because your outfit might look clunky otherwise and that still holds true but in the winter months, you want to make sure you are conscious with your footwear. Ain’t nobody gonna buy your “effortless” White-After-Labor-Day-Look if you’re rocking thong sandals in 2inches of snow. Cover your feet, that’s all I’m sayin’.

Third- Add a bold lip color! You might not buy into this one right away, but trust, me it’ll be so worth it. I’m a sucker for a classic red lip and pairing it with your all white winter look takes it next level. It warms up your face and adds a pop of color without pulling all of the focus. A plum or burgundy would also be great choices! 

I’ve talked before about dressing outside of your comfort zone and this is a big one for some people. White is hard to keep clean and it can be hard to motivate yourself to wear white if you’re running around with sticky, messy kids all day but don’t let your favorite white pieces sit unloved in your closet because you think you “can’t” wear them except for a few short months during the year. Those rules are antiquated and fashion has evolved so I invite you to join us 🙂

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Outfit Deets:

Tank (similar here)




Purse (currently not in stock, very similar here)


Bar Necklace


Lip Color

(Bralette can be found via Minash Boutique)

We’d love to hear what other fashion faux pas you’d like to read about and what we do about them! Let us know!



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