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If you are new to my blog or just haven’t really noticed it, I am a rule-breaker. Not so much in a criminal level, but I do like to break fashion rules. I mix patterns, I wear black and navy, I put on a different colored belt than my shoes, and my favorite rule to break: wearing white after Labor Day. The first time I heard this rule, I was in 4th grade. I was still living in the Philippines then, and my aunt who had been living in Maryland but was visiting caught me wearing white on my birthday (it was in March). She goes, “Oh? You’re wearing white? Haven’t you heard about that fashion rule– no white after Labor Day?” I was very confused. Labor Day in the Philippines is May 1st, so I was clearly before it? And when does the rule end? What was the meaning behind the rule? I brushed it off because it was the first I’d heard of it. It wasn’t until I moved here to the US at 17 years old when I realized what she meant. I kept hearing more about it, but still to this day, I never understood the reasoning behind it. I’ve always been one to question “rules” like that, which has led me here: having a fashion blog with a unique and quirky sense of style. I most definitely wear white year-round, but I know a bunch of people (especially my southerner friends) who are afraid to do it. Fear not, as this post is on how to wear white after Labor Day and how to keep your whites looking bright! Here are my tips:
1. Wear Your White Crop Tops with Maxi Skirts
We are heading into fall and, especially here in Texas, we have a pretty wide calendar range for transitional fall looks since winter weather doesn’t fully come until Thanksgiving. Make the most of your crop tops by pairing them with long bottoms, like high waisted jeans or maxi skirts! I also wear booties with the look to fully give off that transitional fall vibe (as opposed to sandals, which screams summer).
2. Accessorize With White
I love my white sneakers, and I could never part with them for half the year. They’re very versatile, and they easily tone down an otherwise formal-looking outfit. Not only are white accessories great transitional pieces, they’re also a great way to brighten up an outfit! I also have a white crossbody bag that I love to pair with many of my casual outfits because it’s neutral and unexpected.
3. Layer White Pieces
Slightly chilly but not quite ready for full sweaters and pea coats? Layer your pieces! A white mock neck sweater is great for layering under your dresses, tops, and cardigans. It’s one of my favorite transitional pieces for fall and definitely acceptable to wear after Labor Day! It will also look cute under a lace cami paired with some jeans.
4. White Denim
I know, I know. White denim is scary, but it doesn’t have to be! Trust me, I’m the clumsiest human alive, but I’ve had these white denim jeans for 2 years and they look brand new. One of my tricks to keeping my whites white is using Clorox Bleach with CLOROMAX. It has patented technology for the whitest whites, and it keeps clothes whiter longer*! I’ve been a bit foolish to have thrown away some of my old, dull white pieces of clothing in the past, but including Clorox Bleach in my laundry routine for whites has been the key! I purchased mine at my local Target:
If you need tips on how to use Clorox bleach, here’s a helpful link!
Do you wear white after Labor Day? And do you use bleach to keep your whites white? Let me know in the comments below!
*based on stain removal vs. detergent alone