Do you remember your mother or grandmother telling you not to wear white after Labor Day?
In the early nineteen hundreds, the very wealthy had summer homes by the shore. The clothes they kept there were, of course, light and breezy and often white. When they returned to one of their other homes for the colder months, they left all those clothes in the summer home, thus never wearing white after returning to winter in the city. At that time, ladies followed fashion trends much more closely than they do now, so all style-conscious women wanted to fit in and followed the example that the more well-heeled women set for them. Mother’s taught daughters. That’s why for no logical reason, we stopped wearing white in winter.
If it is a warm day and dry weather, why would you not wear a pair of nice white jeans in October? It is the fabric weight that you should be concerned about, not so much the color. White jeans are the perfect neutral to wear with denim jackets, a navy blazer, and almost any sweater or jacket, for that matter.
I do not wear white or light-colored pants on days when it is raining since the splashback when you walk creates stains that ruin light-colored pants. I can never successfully remove that stain, so I do not wear light-colored pants on a day it is snowing, or it might rain.
I have also given up buying cheap jeans. I would rather have one good pair that keeps their shape for the whole day. You can not look confident and stylish if you have to keep pulling up your pants every three minutes. I look for zippers and snaps or buttons that are not so bulky that they show under all my tops as a big bump. I like straight-leg pants that are not too long because I can wear them with most of my shoes. Never wear pants that puddle on the tops of your shoes or touch the floor. That one thing can make you look much shorter and more substantial, not to mention sloppy. A Tailor can become your best friend!
Having my picture taken almost every day for more than five years and getting unfiltered comments from the general public has taught me many things. I am happy to share what I have learned in hopes that it helps you to put together looks that work well for your shape and lifestyle.
My Tahari navy blazer is from Dillard’s last year. The layered white tank is from White House|Black Market. The shoes are old by Cynthia Rowley from Belk. The white jeans are from Fabrizio Gianni. All their items are made in the USA.