Fashion Rules are Meant to be Broken: Wear White After Labor Day by Audrey Stanton

Fashion Rules are Meant to be Broken: Wear White After Labor Day

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: fashion rules are meant to be broken! As September rolls around we’re particularly excited to throw out the antiquated “no white after Labor Day” fashion law. Why has it been a rule anyway?

Starting in the late 1800s/early 1900s, women’s fashion became dictated by strict rules in order to differentiate between social classes. From small details like what sleeve length was appropriate, to banning entire categories of clothing when the seasons changed. Upper class citizens wanted to be identified by their looks and separated from anyone else who might try to assume high society status. Although these rules were very important at one time, they mean virtually nothing today. With the rise of accessible fashion, the internet, and personal style, we each can decide which rules belong in our closets, and which ones don’t.

We picked our favorite stylist’s brain for tips on how to pack a punch this weekend! Sonia Kessler, of Native Styling, and I discussed the best way to have fun, fashionable and fair style on Labor Day. One option is diving head first into rebellion and donning an all-white outfit. Go bold and pair white jeans with a white top and maybe some dazzling earrings to finish. If you're more of a trendsetter, try wearing white shoes - sneakers or sandals - or a white statement handbag with your outfit. However, if you’re like many of us and wearing all white is a little too much for you, there are plenty of ways to get creative! You can throw on a cool jacket over a dress, pair a white skirt or shorts with a patterned shirt, or a plain white tee with blue denim jeans. Our top tip, if not dressing in all white, is to let the white garment you choose to be the center of attention. This means pairing it with neutrals or pseudo-neutrals like denim. Add a pop of color with accessories or shoes and you’re good to go. Incorporating subtle tones of red or blue to your outfit will also make you even more dressed for the occasion!

Below we’ve rounded up 7 pieces to rebel in style. Whether you’re spending the day on the beach, at a family gathering, or a fancy party, there’s a show-stopping, white outfit waiting for you on Swap Society!

white shirt white shirt  white jeans black and white skirt

 white denim skirt white lace dress white blazer


Audrey Stanton

Audrey Stanton was born and raised in the Bay Area and is currently based in Los Angeles. She has attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, London College of Fashion, and received a BFA in costume design from the California Institute of the Arts. Audrey is deeply passionate about conscious fashion and hopes to continue to spread awareness and love for ethical consumption. Visit her blog and follow her on Instagram for lots of #slowfashion inspiration!

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