Dispelling the Myth: Wearing White after LD

With the official end of summer just around the corner, it’s like somebody just ripped that bikini right off my body. Do I have to pick up my body off the beach, send the kids back to school, get back to work? Yes. Pack up those summer whites? NO. Today on the Fashion Hunter, why I wholeheartedly disagree with this old wives tale to store the whites. Here’s the lowdown. Back in the early 20th Century it was a status symbol for those who were able to change their clothes by season, white during the summer and darker colors in the winter. It wasn’t proper etiquette to wear white after Labor Day, specifically any clothing below the waist. Obviously, recent fashion trends have dictated otherwise. Here’s the thing: Nix the faux-pas of wearing white after the first week in September.Wearing white, is not only on-trend, but you have carte-blanche to rock it all winter long. Just take a your cues from Celine’s Fall collection shot out of Paris, and Marc Jacob’s FW collection out of New York. Not just accepted but, fashion-forward.

It’s hard to let creatively run-wild when you are stricken by a dress-code dictated by others. There’s no reason why you can’t pair a simple white sheath with a pair of pants for a silhouette update that is desperately needed when those gams might catch the fall breeze. Enter the stylized clothing approach. Brought to you by the White Warrior doing an Olympic jump. Brooklyn bridge-side. Rules are meant to be broken.

No really, let’s get to the matter at hand. This post is about how to layer your summer whites to the tune of Fall’s more serious script.

Scene number one. The simple white A.L.C. dress. With a pair of Super sunnies and clear black sandals. You remember those? Let me jog your memory. Now are you Clear On?

Click right here for the fashion creds: A.L.C. dress, Oscar de la Renta Illusion sandals, Super Sunglasses

Scene number two. From white dress to the layers that matter, leather, faded denim, and speakers for your neck. Cue the one shoulder a bit lopsided in the air, pigeon-toed feet–it’s the ultimate awkward blogger stance. In matters of leather, this Helmut Lang asymmetrical motorcycle animal skin is the best thing my closet knows. A little bit of love and a lot of rock and roll as I make the jump into Fall.
Scene three: the detail shot. Black and white, studs, some shine, and speakers. Helmut Lang leather blazer, J. Crew fedora (current versions in felt, Marni necklace, Phillip Lim bag, Current/Elliott slouchy boyfriend jeans.
It’s about time someone determined white pieces can carry you into the colder months. Don’t let the upcoming Labor Day weekend bring you down. Don’t we wear what makes us happy and isn’t that what this is all about? Discuss.
Oh, BTW, do you like the brick wall in the background? That’s a secret spot under the Brooklyn Bridge.
All photos: Michael Crook.

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