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White lace only for summer!

White lace only for summer!

I’m not a fashion expert by any means, but dressing my Barbie Dolls until I was ten years-old and working in women’s retail clothing for over a year has taught me that almost every fashion rule we knew before can’t stand on a single frayed thread nowadays. Yes, we can now wear brown with black and yes, we can wear blue with black. Who would have ever imagined that the day would come when we would be able to wear different blacks together. Well, that day has come. The only question left is can we wear white after Labor Day? Today an article on my Yahoo page caught my eye “If You Must Know: Why Shouldn’t We Wear White After Labor Day?” It was written for TIME by Laura Fitzpatrick. Ms. Fitzpatrick goes over the possible reasons in history for the enforcement of this fashion rule, such as temperature and class distinctions, but in the final paragraph concludes that “Emily Post’s Etiquette, 17th Edition, gives the go-ahead for wearing white after Labor Day.”

After a little more searching I found a great AP article that presents a good compromise. Perhaps, the issue is not so much the color, but more the type of fabric used seasonally. “When summer really is turning into fall, it’s time to re-evaluate the fabrics in your closet. Linen should get packed away first — and it doesn’t really matter what color it is, says designer Shoshanna Gruss”. I especially like the advice given about white jeans. “Nothing is more chic than white jeans in the wintertime with a chunky cozy sweater or a blazer and leather boots,” says Suze Yalof Schwartz, executive fashion editor at large at Glamour. There is one no-white rule that still applies, Yalof Schwartz says, “No matter the time of year, don’t wear it to a wedding unless you are the bride.” Maybe wedding invitations should include non-compete clauses!

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