Forget everything you know about post-Labor Day dressing, because the latest installment of Style Resolutions is all about breaking a few fashion rules. When someone tells us we can’t wear something, well, it’s pretty much the first thing we’ll reach for in our closets. White pants are one such piece — the ban on these chic bottoms is downright archaic. The key to making this tried-and-true hue work in the new season is to ditch all those lightweight fabrics that reign supreme during summer for more substantial, textured materials like wool, twill, cashmere, corduroy and mohair. Put aside those sartorial reservations and get inspired by these three autumnal ensembles.
At the office, opt for tailored trousers in a timeless tone, then introduce pops of color through prints and of-the-moment accessories. Burgundy lace-up steppers and a bright vegan-leather backpack make this ladylike top really pop, while a suede jacket in a ’70s-inspired silhouette adds structure and texture to the stylish getup.
Madewell High Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans ($125) + Topshop Ditsy Floral Print Ruffle Neck Blouse ($70), Tenoverten O21 Nail Polish in Wall St. ($18), Origins Matte Stick ($18), Zara Suede Jacket ($170), Matt + Nat Vignelli Backpack ($150), Senso Roxi Wine Lace-Up Heeled Court Shoes ($285), Sibilia Ancestral Drops ($78), Anthropologie Classic Leather Belt ($52)
Take the unexpected one step further by layering a printed frock over a pair of white denim. A gold collar necklace introduces undeniable edge, while a bright, faux-fur clutch has trendsetter written all over it. And before heading out the door, toss on a boxy wool coat, fusing both traditional and modern styles.
Madewell High-Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans ($125) + COS Raw Edge Wool Coat ($250), Orly Genger by Jacyln Mayer Emmett Collar ($190), NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Dione ($29), Vince Camuto Carlotte Asymmetrical Strap High-Heel Pumps ($139), Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils ($32), Warehouse Premium Tapestry Shift Dress ($134), Story of Lola Faux Fur Clutch in Multi Colored Patchwork ($65)
White gets cozy this season with a boho-meets-glam plaid cape and turtleneck topper. Lace-up boots and a leather cincher add an element of ruggedness to the outfit without taking away from its chic factor, while a boxy python bag packs plenty of on-trend appeal.
Madewell High-Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans ($125) + Mango Check Poncho ($120), Jeffrey Campbell Caspian Lace-Up Boot ($230), Brave Leather Tannerie Belt ($118), ASOS Structured Box Shoulder Bag ($72), H&M Sleeveless Turtleneck Top ($30), Forever21 Faux-Leather Band Fedora ($23), Korres Moisturizing Hand Cream With Almond Oil + Calendula ($15)
What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!