How To Wear White After Labor Day

Today I’m going to show you how to wear white after Labor Day. I know. I know. It feels almost sinful to suggest such a thing, but really y’all, old fashioned rules are so pliable now, and many of our old ideas about what to wear are flying out the proverbial window! Of course, down south it’s still hotter than Satan’s lunchbox, so switching our brains and wardrobes to the ‘fall’ setting is downright painful! So read on my lovelies, and let me show you a few fashion tips for wearing white after the Labor Day holiday.

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The whole ‘no white after Labor Day’ rule actually began back in the day, when wealthier folks would escape the heat of the city each summer and go on holiday, where they donned lighter fabrics, including white. Once they returned in the fall those lighter garments were packed away, and their heavier outfits were used once again. Fashion magazines in the 1950’s enforced the tradition, encouraging ladies to dig out the whites after Memorial Day and pack them away after Labor Day. Now I don’t know about you, but the last time I went on a summer-long holiday was never…so that rule can be packed away too!


I’m styling all three outfits with my white bootcut jeans from Democracy. Bootcut jeans work beautifully for my pear shape, which is why they’re my go-to denim style to wear during the fall and winter months. I styled the same jeans this spring in THIS POST. I love the fit and feel of these jeans! Here are a few tips for styling white jeans like these after Labor Day.

  • Trade out your lighter-colored tops for deeper, more fall-like shades. 
  • Animal print is my favorite neutral, and can be easily styled with white!
  • Throw on a cardigan or jacket to add instant fall vibes to your white jeans.
  • If you’re not comfortable with wearing white, look for ecru, neutral and ivory pants or jeans, which are so hot for fall! 


My first outfit features a darling leopard print top I found on sale at Tee for the Soul. I traded out an open-toe wedge for a pair of cute neutral-colored booties, did a little front tuck, and viola! I’m good to go! Why it works: Just remember that leopard is a neutral, and adding a darker leopard or cheetah print to the outfit gives it an instant fall vibe.

The second outfit includes the blazer I’ve had for several years and a graphic tee. This look would be just as cute with a pair of skinny white jeans and sneakers, but I just kept it simple and wore the booties with the outfit. Why it works: Adding the more fall-like jacket to the graphic tee takes the summer feel away from the white jeans, changing the whole vibe of things. 

How to Style a Blazer with White Jeans

My final outfit is worthy of a night out or a day at the office. The orange tones of the top work beautifully with the white denim, with the longer-length sweater tying everything together. The sweater was my lone purchase from the Nordstrom sale this year since I was on a strict shopping diet! Longer cardigans like this one are my favorite style to wear since they hide a multitude of sins! I added a pair of dressy leopard print heels, but you could easily add a pair of neutral or beige or tan booties or pumps. Why it works: The black sweater anchors the outfit and helps the somewhat summery top feel more fall-like.

How to Wear White After Labor Day
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Speaking of fall, my friend Fonda, over at Savvy Southern Chic has shared a wonderful blog post, chock full of fall fashion ideas from some of her favorite over-40 bloggers (including yours truly!) Pop on over and check it out! You’re sure to find some great ideas to help you master that summer to fall fashion transition! 

Have I inspired you to keep those white jeans out and about after Labor Day? Leave me a comment and let me know if my style tips helped you. Thank you, as always, for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read my blog. Your support truly means the world to me!

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6 thoughts on “How To Wear White After Labor Day

  1. Love how you’ve styled your white jeans for fall! My fave is with the leopard shoes and black duster. So pretty! I’m in South Florida- so you can bet I’m wearing white after Labor Day!

    1. Glad you liked it! I am so sure you are in white year round. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I love all of these outfits, especially the blazer and the graphic tee. I have no issues wearing white after Labor Day. If folks can keep wearing flip flops and shorts year round here, why can’t I wear white jeans in the fall, lol? Thanks for the mention!

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