White After Labour Day: Fashion Forward or Faux-Pas?

Nobody is quite sure how this archaic rule first gained traction, but it seems the "no white after Labour Day" decree has been with us since the early 1800s, marking the end of summer with a wardrobe overhaul. Perhaps it was coined from the snobbery of 19th century desperate housewives, when outlandish fashion rules separated the rich from the poor, or else it's attributed to the idea that rescue teams find it difficult to locate those wearing all-white in snow-ravaged areas. Either way, not wearing white after Labour Day is a long-standing fashion tradition, but is it outdated?

White has been blanketing fall/winter runways the past few seasons and, this year, winter white is again shaping up to be a key colour. Of course, when it comes to wrapping yourself in snowy softness, it's a good idea to vacuum pack your linens until spring and choose thicker fabrics, knits or even lace. Linen serves its sun-shielding purpose in warmer months, but come December, you'll be more blue than white.


Layering works well for cotton and thin knits, as does mixing up creams with ivories and off-white. That said, you'll want to stay away from dressing head to toe in white for fear of looking like a snowman. Instead, team crisp shirts with dark denims and leathers, or add metallic and bold accessories for eveningwear (Jada Pinkett Smith doth not protest).


Adding accessories to white will generally break up any chance of you blending into the snow. Bold, chunky necklaces and belts are a must, as are cute toques and shawls. If you're not such a confident snow bunny, reverse this suggestion and wear white accessories on a dark canvas. There's nothing that bellows "White Christmas" more than a  mile-long scarf.


Finally, wear your winter whites with confidence and coolness. Rules are always made to be broken, so being rebellious with conviction will make everything all-white!