The Definitive Guide to Wearing White After Labor Day
Categories: Style

The Definitive Guide to Wearing White After Labor Day

Fall may be upon us, but don’t pack away your favorite white duds just yet. Forget everything you’ve heard about this bright, summery hue being a faux pas post-Labor Day — some sartorial rules were meant to be broken, and this is certainly one of them.  From essential denim to oversized button downs, chic white threads are now the cornerstone to endless Instababe-approved fall looks. All you need are a few new season essentials (think: snuggly sweater dresses, amped-up ankle boots and a killer collection of fall jackets and coats), and you’ll be well on your way to a runway-ready ensemble that’s straight-up street style bait. Still not convinced? Here, we’re showing you how to flawlessly transition your white wardrobe workhorses for fall. Scroll on for five outfit formulas to rock all season long.

How to Wear a White Leather Jacket After Labor Day

While a black biker jacket is as classic as it gets, you’ve never been one to kowtow to tradition. Give a trusty white topper with endless cool-girl edge the new season treatment by styling it alongside a chic striped sweater dress for a look that’s guaranteed to become an Insta sensation. Throw a set of calf-hair slingbacks and futuristic shades into the mix for a touch of visual drama and a splash of panache. We think we may have just found your new go-to desk-to-drinks ensemble.

Zara Leather Effect Jacket ($129), H&M Rib Knit Dress ($35), Huma Blanco Oriana Slingback Flats ($298), Le Specs Nero Cat-Eye Rose Gold-Plated and Acetate Sunglasses ($120) + & Other Stories Gold Buckle Tie Belt ($60)

How to Wear a White Dress After Labor Day

One word: obsessed. Crazy cozy duds and statement accessories combine for the ultimate double-duty getup that’s not afraid to pull a little overtime. Treggings and a relaxed-fit t-shirt dress were practically made for kickin’ it on the couch on the weekend. Needless to say, they will totally kill it for the office when paired with a jacquard kimono that will pass your nine-to-five’s dress code with flying colors (fake it ’til you make it, girl). Flex that fashion muscle by throwing in a pair of embellished ankle boots and an OMG-worthy bib necklace for a look that can’t help but rack up the style points left and right.

Zara Full Dress With Pockets ($23),  & Other Stories Jacquard Relaxed Jacket ($145), Urban Outfitters Embroidered Thelma Ankle Boot ($98), H&M Treggings ($25) + BaubleBar Madelhari Bib ($68)

How to Wear White Pants After Labor Day

White bottoms are likely the most difficult piece to pull off when cool weather starts to set in — but it’s nothing a good ol’ rib knit sweater can’t fix, especially one with this much athleisure appeal. Infuse your look with an urban edge by layering on a classically cool denim jacket and a set of color stack ankle boots that are ready to hit the ground running. Round out the look with silvery geometric earrings and an embellished camera bag that’s perfect for stashing your on-the-go essentials.

Babaton Cohen Pant ($145), Zara Sport Sweater ($26), Mango Oversize Denim Jacket ($70), Vicenza Color-Stack Booties ($178) + Christie Nicolaides Atlas Earrings ($199)

How to Wear White Shoes After Labor Day

Say what? Yup — you can, in fact, step out in a pair of white stompers (sandals not included) once summer has come and gone. These pointed-toe beauties are just too good to pack away. Whether you’re running errands or hitting up happy hour, they’d look ah-mazing paired with raw-edge denim, a pastel coat and modern asymmetric earrings. The only thing missing? A trend-right saddle bag and dramatic red lips. Do it.

Zara Leather Mid-Heel Shoes ($90), H&M Knit Sweater ($50), Madewell Cali Demi-Boot Jeans in Kane Wash ($128), Zara Masculine Coat ($149) + Mango Mixed Asymmetric Earrings ($16)

How to Wear a White Skirt After Labor Day

Sweep into fall with a twirl-worthy skirt that would look just as good with a lazy-girl-approved turtleneck and suede sneakers as it would with velvet pumps and a ruffle-neck blouse. Play it cool with a bomber jacket decked out in eye-catching fall florals, then proceed to pair with a ladylike top handle bag for an #OOTD that straddles the line between sports chic and flirty femme. Looking for a hint of glitz? Statement ear jackets or an ear cuff that bring the wow factor are it.

Michael Michael Kors A-Line Mid-Rise Skirt ($189), Topshop Oversized Tweedy Funnel Jumper ($80), Warehouse Painted Floral Bomber Jacket ($98), Nike Blazer Vintage High Top Basketball Sneaker ($100) + Charles & Keith Mini Top Handle Bag ($79)

Follow us on Pinterest for more style inspo!

Brit + Co may at times use affiliate links to promote products sold by others, but always offers genuine editorial recommendations.