White After Labor Day? Yes!!

How many times have you been told not to wear white after Labor Day? I’m sure plenty of us have heard that from our mothers and grandmothers, but it’s no longer considered a fashion faux pas. So, yes, you can wear white after Labor Day. Now, some of you may get flak from your mothers and grandmothers, but it’s a risk worth taking.   Sometimes old rules are worth breaking.


When I was younger, I can remember shopping for my Easter outfit which most times included white shoes. My sisters and I wanted to dress alike so we had to find the right outfit and shoes for all of us. But, even as young girls, we knew that come Labor Day, no more white shoes or white dresses. My Mom would make us put them away until next summer.

Joyce Chevelle Deborah(18)

I love white so as an adult I have always worn it year round and of course I hear people saying, “So, I can still wear my white shoes?” or “I put away all of my white dresses, because I didn’t want to be made fun of.”


Maybe we should start with a little history lesson about how this trend started. While no one is completely sure exactly when or why this fashion rule started, our best guess is that it had to do with snobbery in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. As more and more people became millionaires, it was harder to tell the “old money” which was considered more respectable, from the “new money” which was considered vulgar. In order to tell who was acceptable, the women decided to make fashion rules that everyone had to follow. That way if a woman showed up at the opera in a dress that cost more than most Americans made in a year, but the sleeves were the wrong style, other women would know not to give her the time of day.

Not wearing white outside of the summer months was one of those silly rules. White was for weddings and resort wear, not dinner parties in the fall. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 and society adapted it as the official end of summer fashion.

Not everyone followed this rule. Coco Chanel wore white year-round. CoCo also launched other huge fashion trends that are still popular today such as, wearing female trousers, the women’s business suit, wearing large costume jewelry, and the little black dress. Clearly, her opinion can be trusted. Even though this rule was originally adapted for a few women, it eventually was accepted by everyone else. Women’s magazines made it clear that white clothing came out on Memorial Day and went away on Labor Day. These days the fashion world is much more relaxed about what colors are worn when.



The rule is especially ridiculous considering nowadays, all rules are going out the window. Patterns on different patterns, jean on jean, solid colored outfits, and solids on different colored solids, the possibilities are endless! So don’t limit your clothing options this winter. Break out your white pants and white turtle neck shirts. Don’t be afraid to mix summer and winter pieces.


The trick is in how you wear your white clothing and accessories. As the weather gets cooler, go for fabrics that are a little heavier in weight and blend white with stronger colors. If you choose to wear all white, wear a winter white, which is a creamier white. Light, inherently summery textiles like white eyelet, linen, canvas, and seersucker will look out of place during fall and winter, so be sure you’re reaching for white wool, denim, cashmere, fur, mohair, flannel, silk, and leather. The combinations are endless. Below are some examples for you to consider.

How to Wear White after Labor Day:

Wear white with your favorite statement-making, bright-colored pieces that will provide you with the perfect foundation with which to steal the show.  These strong colors really stand out against the white.


For a bold winter look, wear bulky sweaters in white or winter white.


Wear white with leopard print.  I’m a leopard print girl, so leopard with anything works for me!!


Where white jeans with a sweater or a jacket


Add white accessories to your outfit, but nothing too light weight


Blue jeans and a white button down are always classic.  It can take you to the grocery store, PTA meeting or dinner with a friend.  This look is very versatile.


Add boots.  The boots can be of any color, that go with your outfit.


Wear all winter white.  Add accessories of another color to tone it down a bit.


Pair white with leather. Nothing says fall like leather.  These outfits are perfect for late September early October, when the weather is starting cool down.


Wear white with faux fur.  The faux fur lets everyone know that you ARE aware that the weather has changed, but you are not afraid to rock your white pants.


Remember that your style should be consistent with the weather.  You may not want to wear white on a day when it is storming outside.  This fall take it as a challenge on how you can include white in your wardrobe.

Back to School in Style

That time has come again; shopping for school clothing.  Whether you are starting high school or college you want to look your best.  You want to stand out in the crowd and be envied for your fashion sense.  Well, most people do anyway.  It can be tough trying to fit in with the crowd when it comes to attire at school, but never fear, I have come to your rescue.  You don’t always have to fit in.  Trends come and go so why not start your own and have your friends wanting to dress like you.    You can stand out on your own and show others how it’s done.  Your clothing should tell a story about you and you want that story to be a good one.

Here are some tips to get you started on your way to starting your own trends:

Use Embellishments.  This is a simple and inexpensive way to update your look.  You can use what you have already or purchase items from your local store.  Just remember, you want the items to update your look, not over power your look.

  • Add rhinestones to jeans and shirts
  • Add fringes to the bottom of skirts and capris.  Fringes are really hot right now.
  • Add flowers or fun pins to your lapel – especially t-shirts
  • Add patches, pens, fabric art, fur or buttons to clothing



Alter your Clothing.  Not everyone knows how to sew, but we usually know someone who can.  Don’t forget your local tailor.  Find one that you feel comfortable with and that does good work.

  • Buy items you like and alter them to fit your body
  • If shirts are too short, but you like the design, add fabric to the bottom of it or layer with a shirt under it.
  • Buy shorts in the boy’s department and make them look feminine by adding feminine touches to them or just wear a feminine shirt with it.
  • Don’t be concerned with whether the item is your “size” or not.  Size is just a number.  You should try items on and let the fit determine what size you should buy.


Use Color to Update your Look.  Using color is one of the easiest ways to update your look, but make sure you don’t go overboard.  You don’t want to look like a clown at the circus.  A “pop” of color can make a big difference in an outfit going from “blah” to “wow”.

  •  If you don’t want to add embellishments to your clothing to update your look, just add color.  Instead of dressing in a monochromatic look, dress using lots of different colors (that go together).




Accessorize.  Accessorizing can be fun. Accessories can really bring out your personality.  You might be someone who likes minimal accessories and that is fine, but it’s what items you choose that make the difference.  You maybe someone who likes to “go bold” and that’s fine as well.  Just be careful not to look like Mr. T.

  • Use jewelry to add to your look, (earrings, necklaces, ankle bracelets, pens).
  • Use your purse as a way of updating your look.  You can purchase inexpensive purses and add cute items to them.
  • Scarves and bandanas can be used on your head as an accessory, around your neck or around your waist.
  • Use a scarf as a watch band if your band breaks.  Just remove the band, cut the scarf to make it as long or wide as you would like and pull it through the watch to form a band.  Tie it in many different ways.  Be creative.
  • Shoes are a big part of accessorizing your outfits.  Make sure they are clean.  It doesn’t matter how much you’ve paid for them.  They must be well kept.



Don’t get caught up on buying outfits.  It is easy to purchase an outfit that looks just

like the mannequin, but is that really you?  If you are unsure about an outfit ask the stylist for help.  You want to remember your style and your occasion when shopping.  Always try items on even if you think it is your size.  Some sizes run different depending on the designer.

  • Ask yourself:  What do I have at home to go with this item?
  • Don’t buy an outfit, if you can’t separate the pieces and wear it with another item.  You won’t get as much use out of it and when you wear it, it will look like the same outfit.
  • Learn to mix and match items you already have to give you a fresh look.

Layer your Clothing.  Layering works for warm or cool seasons.  It just depends on the type of material you are wearing.  Know your fabrics and how you feel in them.


  • Layer with same types of shirts
  • Layer with different types of shirts to add your own personality
  • Layer colors
  • Layer dresses with pants or leggings (looks great on a tall person)
  • Layer with shirts, jackets, sweaters, scarves



Dog Days


Well it’s that time of year again, the hottest of the hot. After the boys of summer have gone-(throwback thanks to Don Henley for that great song!)- we are left with the Dog Days of summer. Sultry temps and hot tempers; a time not fit for man nor beast. (As for me, I am decidedly in the beast category by this time of year.)  So what exactly constitutes a dog day?  Anciently, the Romans and Greeks vary the actual dates a bit, but the common thread is that toasty-hot July and August comprise the “dog days.” Of scriptural significance-(think Noah/Ark)-they span 40 days, and Europeans still refer to these dates as the Time of The Dog. So how did they come up with such a colorful name for this smokin’ hot time of year?  Well actually, the origins are celestial in nature.  In late summer, Sirius, AKA the “Dog Star” which just happens to sit behind the sun…rises prior to, or seemingly at the same time as the blazing sun, thus the ancient stargazers coined the title, “Dog Days.” 

Rising Dog Star + Rising  Sun=Dog Days

Those stargazers are a clever lot! Priests were the calendar keepers and watched from atop the temple for things to get “Sirius.”  The rising “Dog” star just happened to correlate with the suns hottest scorch..which is why “dog days’ get a bad rap. It’s all just coincidence-the hottest, brightest sun in combo with the brightest star in the night sky! 


Egyptians had their own little nickname, calling it the “Nile Star,” because it posed a warning that the annual flooding of the Nile was eminent. Thus they knew to beat it to the canals and start irrigating the fields-knowing that the drenching would cleanse the land and generate fertility. (Fertility for the fields- not the folks, wink!)



Fast forward…For us, dog days are the last hurrah. Summer vacation is winding down, school is looming large, (with all the preparation that entails, blech), and the time clock is ticking for the summer pools and late nights. It’s a time we feel our most lackadaisical, yet feel an urgency to squeeze every last drop out of that lemon for our summer lemonade. Oh, what do we do in the summertime? Dog days bring trips to the library for that great summer read, grilling up hotdogs, toasting marshmallows and slammin’ together s’mores.  It means making it to the only drive-in theater at least one time this summer. It means putt-putt, popsicles, and the zoo. Road trips and reunions. Kool-Aid, sprinklers and sunburn. Flip flops, bug spray, and lounge chairs. Summer is a time of family-fun celebration. 


The Egyptians were celebrating too, as the floods receded and plant sproutings dotted the earth. (I like to think they partied by “walking like Egyptians”— groan!)


We all know how destructive flooding can be, but out of destruction comes rebirth. So it is with summer’s end. It is a magical time of year, both  the end and cusp of a season and chapter in our lives. As summer exits, we are one year older in the school of life. We can’t go back to where we were before, and it will be a whole year till the dog days are back. It’s a transitional, somewhat melancholy time.

So this year when it really heats up, the AC is on the blink, the kids are screaming and you’re on your last nerve- don’t wish it all away  for back-to-school, fall weather, and routine. Press the pause button. Redirect your gaze heavenward, and seek out the brightest star in the sky. Sirius. The star of happy summer memories and blessed dog days.


 Men should take their knowledge from the sun, the moon, and the stars… 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson