Who said you can't wear white after Labor Day? Certainly not the arbiters of high fashion. In a world that embraces creativity and newness, it's no wonder that white would eventually be embraced not only for spring and summer, but for fall and winter as well. It's the perfect canvas to which designers can add color, texture, or revere pure simplicity by adding nothing at all. It's time to push aside your black pieces and allow a little bit of light, bright white to peek out in your wardrobe. You'll be surprised at its versatility (every bit as any other neutral) and you'll fall in love with its ability to remain timelessly chic. Here are some truly inspirational runway looks from our favorite designers to help you along your own great white way.
Derek Lam Spring 2012: Maximillion
So simple, so chic. Maxi skirts and dresses are a must have, and in white they're a perfect summer-to-fall transition piece. Keep it ultra simple a la Derek Lam or add your most colorful accessories. Don't be afraid to dress it down with a worn-in denim jacket and scarf.
Derek Lam Fall 2012: Texture Mix
If you're wary of mixing colors and/or patterns together, here's your answer to being a mix master. Keep your palette neutral and mix textures. Soft chiffon with a chunky knit sweater is a perfect combo.
Rachel Zoe Spring 2012: Trail Blazer
By now, every girl has her standard black or navy boyfriend blazer to add a bit of formality and warmth to any outfit. Why not mix it up and wear one in white instead?
3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2012: Center Stage
Look for a dress that allows white to be paneled in the center with a darker color bordering it. All black has nothing on a look like this when it comes to slenderizing effects.
Jil Sander Spring 2012: What Lays Beneath
Two of the most classic combinations, a crisp white shirt paired with a navy dress are given a modern twist by way of the crocheted construction of the dress. Sassy without being sexy — perfect for day.
Rachel Roy Spring 2012: Think Pink
An all-white look is bold, to say the least. Try a slouchy pantsuit to avoid things like VPL or to wear on a day when you're not feeling your most in-shape. And don't forget to add a colorful accent to add interest and depth.
Peter Som Fall 2012: It's Sheer Genius
Every woman wants to have a touch of sex appeal without seeming indecent. A sheer white look is unexpected, sweet, and naughty all at the same time. Pair sheer white over an opaque white slip and your date will flip.
Paco Rabanne Fall 2012: All That Glitters
Create a futuristic fantasy by pairing contemporary metal cuffs with a simple white shift.
Cushine Et Ochs Spring 2012: Go Bold or Go Home
It's a mistake to think white can only provide an innocent effect. This low cut, architectural corseted bodice says strong and in control, without a doubt.
Celine Fall 2012: Breaking Point
Dying to wear two colors together that are in danger of making you look like a fashion victim? Don't feel bad, we all have those urges. Feel free to indulge them by pairing white underneath your top or on your feet. It breaks up two colors like no one's business.