There are a few fashion “rules” that drive me nuts, but none more so than this ridiculous notion that white is only “allowed” between Easter and Labor Day. What is this, 1986? If someone can find a way to bring Ronald Reagan back, I’ll gladly revert back to 80’s fashion rules, shoulder pads and all. Seeing as how The Gipper won’t be residing in the White House any time soon, let’s put this whole “When is it okay to wear white?” thing to rest.
In short, the answer is ALL THE TIME! If you want to wear white on September 27, you can. February 4? No problem. May 16? Sure. And, by the way, you don’t even have to justify wearing white by calling it “Winter White” – seriously, what is that about? Are you feeling guilty for breaking some supposed rule and think that if you tag it as “seasonal” it makes it okay? If so, stop it!
I have a pair of white pants that I think are fantastic: they are flattering and comfortable, the coveted combination in fashion. Wearing them in the summer with a bright colored tunic and platform sandals is a favorite, but so is pairing them with a cable knit sweater and ankle boots. Arguably, these pants are as versatile as my favorite pair of jeans! No one tells you jeans are only allowed during certain months, right? That’d be weird. So why is a color off limits?
Women who make these kinds of fashion choices, like wearing white pants whenever they feel like it, are considered “bold” or, if you really want to get artsy, “avant garde.” They’re more easily noticed (and complimented) than their peers who choose the standard black or navy. The next time you’re looking to make a statement, opt for white. Put on a black top and throw on some bright colored accessories, like a purse, bracelet, or shoes. Sport a big pattern or color. Trust me, white can handle it.
There are only two caveats to wearing white below the waist:
- Own it! Make no apologies — you’re wearing white, you look great, so stop with the excuses!
- For the love of all that’s good in this world, make sure it’s lined AND that you have the appropriate undergarments on. You want it to be lined because, well, lining prevents sticking and, in certain circumstances, it also prevents transparency. You’ll also want to have neutral-colored undergarments just in case. Trust me, there is nothing more “Oh my gosh, look at that!” worthy than white pants with a hot pink tinge. Not cool, ladies. Not cool.
So, there you have it. White is permissible 12 months a year, provided it’s the appropriate fabric (the rule should really be “No linen after Labor Day”) with the appropriate top and shoe choices. If anyone gives you grief about it, tell ‘em they can take it up with me. But if you’re going to throw my name out there, say it like you mean it – no one has to know that I’m really a nobody behind a computer screen.