If ever there was a style rule made to be broken, the one that says you’re not allowed to wear white after Labor Day is it. In general, I’m a fan of playing by the rules but in terms of style, rules should be viewed as suggested guidelines that are open to interpretation rather than a non-negotiable contract. Although there’s something to be said for knowing the rules, there’s no rule that says that rules can’t be broken. And in the case of forbidding white after Labor Day, there is definitely an exception to be made. Here’s one way to do it.
Regular readers of the blog know that I am fond of making analogies between style and music. The idea of a style rule being open to interpretation is exactly the approach I take when performing a piece of music. The notes printed on the page signify the composer’s intention, but as a performer I take the notes “off the page” and breathe a bit of my own voice into the music. Similarly, with style, rules are your baseline and how you interpret them defines your personal style.
Wearing white after Labor Day is not something to get particularly hung up about. If you’re feeling it, go for it. If not, then that’s fine too. However, an easy way to pull it off is to use white as the neutral tone that it is and accent it with a more seasonal color, like orange, for example. There’s no easier way to pull off a statement sock than with some white denim.
This Look: Navy blazer c/o Reiss – White button down shirt by J.Crew – White denim jeans by J.Crew – Brown leather plaque belt by J.Crew – Orange polka dot pocket square c/o Reiss – Sunglasses by Ray-Ban (Clubmaster) – Watch with brown leather band by Timex – Orange socks with navy polka dots by J.Crew – Brown leather horsebit loafers c/o Allen Edmonds (Grand Cayman)
Do you follow the no white after Labor Day rule? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments.
And thanks, as always, for reading.
He Spoke Style
Photography by Rob McIver Photo.