Breaking the Labor Day Rules

One of the stereotypical fashion rules that I cannot agree at all is about not wearing white after Labor Day weekend. Honestly, I don’t know who came out with this idea and why, but the fashion rebel in me does not allow me to follow that direction. In opposition, white is the only color I’m craving on wearing the most in fall—and I’m not planning on changing my ways anytime soon.

I know that many of you feel the same about wearing white clothes after the summer is over. However, since there is not much information on how to style white clothes in fall and winter, not many people are actually breaking the “no white after Labor Day rule.” I feel that they just don’t see enough “all white after Labor Day” inspiration!

#1: The All Seasons Classic: Your Favorite White Tee

How to Style a White T-Shirt After Labor Day

Pour La Victoire Suede Mules // American Eagle Tank // BCBG Fringe Blazer // Denim Mini Skirt // Sophie Hulme Bag // Heart Headband

Your typical tight-fitting white T-Shirt or a tank is actually more versatile than you might think. And I’m not only talking about styling it with jeans and ankle booties—the possibilities are virtually unlimited! You could wear your versatile white tee underneath the sweater, with an oversized cardigan, or a chic blazer—this basic fashion piece will bring just enough effortless to any look.

While I do wear white tops in combination with all sorts of clothes, recently I’ve been enjoying styling this universal piece with a cool print scarf and denim skirt. The trick here is to find the scarf that incorporates some elements of the color white in its design so your entire outfit looks more thought off. For instance, the headscarf that I picked for this ensemble features white hearts on light blue background that matches both my white tee and my light blue denim skirt.

Continuing the theme of muted colors, I styled this retro-style look with awesome suede mules by Pour La Victoire. One of the reasons I’ve been coming back to this shoe over and over again is because it features a comfortable heel and super chic open heel design. I feel that these shoes are visually elongate my legs so I love styling them with miniskirts to emphasize such effect even more.

#2: How to Turn Summer into Winter

Pour La Victoire Sandals // H&M Lace-Up Dress // Gianfranco Ferre Jacket // H&M Fishnet Socks // Brahmin Gabriella Bag

If you are like me, half of your wardrobe is little black dresses that you can’t even distinguish from one another, and the rest is white summer dresses. I can’t even start telling how many white dresses I have in my collection and how much more I feel that I need to purchase every single summer. Honestly speaking, it’s not the eco-friendliest approach to fashion so this season I decided that I will have the most wear out of my white dresses by making them look more appropriate for the cold season.

Take, for instance, this ensemble. I picked a trendy lace-up T-shirt dress and styled it with my all times favorite lace leather jacket (I have it in my collection since I was 18 and it’s still going strong!). I figured that even though I’m absolutely obsessed with my silver sandals by Pour La Victoire, it’s getting colder to wear them in fall. So, I decided to style them with cool fishnet socks (that also happen to match the lace trimming on my jacket). I also picked this chic oversized satchel in the same black and white color theme so my final look turned out to be about three main colors: black, white, and silver.

You could totally repeat this styling trick upgrading your summer looks with socks and a jacket—for so many outfits. It should not be necessarily a white dress (even though it’s the topic of today’s post), but any summery dress that you could make more cold-weather friendly by adding just these major heat-preserving pieces.

Finally, a few words about this awesome Brahmin bag. It’s been my favorite everyday essential as it fits everything that I need to bring with me throughout the day while still looking super stylish and chic. I don’t know if I mentioned it already on the blog or not, but I’m heading to visit my parents in October and I’m planning to bring my mom one of these bags too!

#3: Why the Fabric Matters (It Really Does!)

Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Sandals // BCBG White Knit Dress // Fendi Petite 2Jours Monster Tote

Sometimes, wearing white during the cold season is not possible simply because the majority of white-colored pieces available in the stores are made out of summery fabrics. Granted: I might love my white chiffon mini dress so much, but in winter time such piece will make me freezing even if I’m wearing a warm coat on top of it. Same goes for pants: when it’s raining and gross outside, who wants to walk around the city with muddy dots of rainwater on the back of your legs?

In my opinion, all it takes to make a white piece of clothes winter-appropriate is the material it’s made out. Forget about all the silks, chiffons, and laces—these fabrics might look great on models in glossy magazines, but in real life, these are not necessarily suitable for real life. If you really want a wearable white piece of clothing for the cold season, pick a knit white dress and you’ll look super chic and warm at the same time.

For instance, I picked this white knitted dress last week at the Bloomingdale’s sale and I can’t wait to start wearing it as it’s so comfy and elegant looking. The dress is made out of thin knitted fabric and features a trendy this season cold shoulder design which turns it into a cold season statement piece. I loved how this dress fits on me so much that I actually decided to also repurchase it in black—so I have (again!) a closet full of both black and white clothes.

Even though I’m very specific about how warm the fabrics my clothes are made of, when it comes to shoes I don’t mind wearing sandals even when it’s freezing outside. Call me an adept of the Sex in The City styling school, but if I love the shoe I don’t care if the thermometer is saying that it might be too cold to wear it. For example, these ivory sandals by Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn fit my new knit white dress so perfectly that I’m not planning on wearing it with anything else. Yep, even if it’s freezing outside! I told you, I’m such a fashion rebel!

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As you see, wearing white clothes after Labor Day weekend is easier than you would think. All it takes is a bit of imagination on how to upgrade your summery pieces and make them feel a bit cozier. What’s even more important though is that wearing white after the summer is over makes you really standout among people who prefer following all the stereotypical fashion rules. I would assume that if you are reading this blog, you are a somewhat a fashion rebel and you’ll continue rocking the color white all year long. At least, that’s what I’m planning on doing!

I can’t wait to see your looks featuring white color infused outfits that you are wearing now or planning on wearing during the cold season. Please share your photos and links to your blog and Instagram posts in the comments area below. I can’t wait to discuss with you any other styling white after the Labor Day ideas!



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  1. Lucia Rodrigues wrote:

    How did I get in here??

    Posted 9.18.17 Reply
  2. Yes to wearing white all year! I’m wearing a white dress for fall on my blog today :)

    Posted 9.13.17 Reply
  3. Wow killer Fendi bag! Obsessed.

    Posted 9.6.17 Reply
  4. Emily wrote:

    Obsessed with all of these looks! You look stunning.
    Isn’t That Charming.

    Posted 9.6.17 Reply
  5. I own a white knit dress that I bought in spring and ai plan on wearing it a lot this fall. It is way too warm for summer and way too pretty to stay in the closet.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpaging

    Posted 9.6.17 Reply
  6. You have an amazing bag collection!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_


    Posted 9.6.17 Reply
  7. I always wear white after Labor Day! ? It’s always nice to have more outfit inspiration, though! Thanks for sharing these looks, Katya!

    Xo, Emily
    Epicurean Emily

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  8. Nina Igwe wrote:

    i loved all the looks, you look amazing girl. do checkout mine

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  9. Shannon V wrote:

    Love all the white looks! Nothing as fresh as this bright shade!

    TFM Life & Style blog

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  10. Jalisa wrote:

    I’m loving all the different ways you’ve styled white, girlie! I’m all about wearing white after Labor Day, too! It really is such a ridiculous “rule,”isn’t it?! I also love your makeup, so perfect! Thanks for sharing, girlie, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!



    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  11. Eloise wrote:

    such a thorough and detailed post. you have a way with words and the red lip is killer on you.

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  12. Quinn wrote:

    YES, love white anytime!


    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  13. I love the dress in the first pic! You look stunning :)

    Check out my blog Starshine Beauty

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  14. Marisa Cavaleiro wrote:

    Good ideas. I like your style..

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  15. Louis Dupond wrote:

    Wow! Not one but three superb outfits! Fantastic in everything ;) Congratulations and please keep it up!

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  16. You look gorgeous dear.
    The outfits suits well

    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  17. I love these combinations, your hair is so chic

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  18. Violette wrote:

    You look amazing! This outfit is perfect on you!

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  19. mahryska wrote:

    ohh wow…you are such a beauty and i love love your style!!
    kisses in the sandpit ❤︎

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  20. Jessica wrote:

    I also try to be a fashion rebel at times.. you wear white so well!

    Jessica |

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  21. This outfits are gorgeous, and your white dress is so beautiful!

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  22. Cristina wrote:

    Awesome outfits, Katya! I hate that Labour day rule. It’s pretty warm here in Madrid during September so I’ll still be wearing my whites for a while :)

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  23. All these looks are great but my favorite is the white dress and black jacket.


    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  24. Love the white dress! all the outfits are really cute!

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  25. The white knit dress is my favorite! Great post, I really enjoyed it. I don’t wear a lot of white in general.

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  26. Yiotou_La wrote:

    I love all three styles but the first one is my fave, I love the retro vibe of it!! You look amazing Katya and your lipstick is fab! :)


    Posted 9.4.17 Reply