Heck yes to white after Labor Day

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: only cowards stop wearing white after Labor Day. Ladies, why let some ancient and arbitrary dictate from the 1800s rule how we dress in 2020? Not even to mention that—as many of you have pointed out in recent days—it’s still plenty hot in many parts of the country right now? I love white all year-round, but especially in fall, when it looks so crisp. And I’m not as much into white head-to-toe—I like to break things up with some black or grey—and this cute little chore jacket is a super-easy way to introduce the hue into your autumnal wardrobe.

This twist front hoodie is fun, and sure to be flattering.

I also like this simple pullover sweatshirt, and this puff sleeve number too.

My mom and I have this agreement that whenever one of us is repeating a story the other has already heard, we pat the top of our heads—which we’ve decided is much more polite than saying “Yes, you already told me that.” So you can all pat your heads, because I’m about to tell you once again that one of my few fashion don’ts is tight white jeans. Instead, I prefer a roomier straight cut, like on this cute pair.

These sweats would be really cute if everything else you were wearing was black.

Madewell’s courier shirt is just a good short-sleeved specimen, and it’s available in sizes up to XXL.

Likewise, these L.L. Bean corduroys go up to size 20, and they’re super-well-priced.

I bought this poplin shirtdress at the beginning of the summer and always felt so crisp and put-together when I wore it. It’s not available anymore in all sizes, but maybe you’ll get lucky.

These straight leg cropped pants are such a flattering cut, and I like that they’re not white white.

Such a pretty and versatile cashmere fisherman’s sweater, and if you’d prefer something a little less white, it also comes in this oatmeal hue.

And finally: I am crazy for this pointy-toe boot with a nicely walkable heel.

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    themis
    10 Sep 2020
    7:10pm

    Athleta makes their white skinnies with nude colored pockets and they’re a substantial enough stretch denim so as not to show anything through.

    I love white, wear it any time; in tropical or arid climes ruling it out during a hot season is asinine. It seems such a provincial attitude, deciding there’s a global rule for what people should wear and when. Or perhaps I mean imperialist. At any rate, it’s an attitude I can’t wait for people to get over.

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    Sarah
    11 Sep 2020
    6:25pm

    The head pat gesture is GOLD! I must share with my mother — last time I visited I actually repeated a story she had told me back to her two days later. Someone told me that in the summer Donna Karan wears black tops with white pants and in the winter she wears white tops with black pants. I don’t know if it’s true, but I like the idea.

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    Gablesgirl
    10 Sep 2020
    7:59pm

    I’m still hanging on to those white cords from J Crew you recommended a few years back. Think it’s time for the LL Bean refresh.

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    AnneL
    10 Sep 2020
    8:01pm

    Just came here to say that the Madewell Courier is the platonic ideal of the short sleeved white button down shirt. Still in search of a equivalent with long sleeves.

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    Eloise
    10 Sep 2020
    10:49am

    I avoid the whole “White after Labor Day” debate because I can’t wear white. Ever. I’m a dirt magnet. If I weren’t, I’d wear it whenever I darn well felt like it – I’d also buy the white hoodie.

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    cw
    10 Sep 2020
    11:02am

    Love that white twist front hoodie! Gap also makes a white jean that isn’t tight––I believe it’s their Girlfriend cut. Also love the white cords!! Have no idea how LLBean fits, but I am so willing to give them a chance!

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      D.Morgendorffer
      10 Sep 2020
      12:07pm

      Once, when my car was stolen the day after Thanksgiving, what I truly regretted, CW, was that my gray LL Bean corduroys were in the backseat. (Though, I also did hope the QE3, my car, stalled at intersections for the thieves like it did me.) Anyway, I find LL Bean pants fit well provided you read the reviews for the individual pants: if the reviews indicate they run small, I go a size up. Conversely, LL Bean t-shirts, including the petites, always seem to be generously cut enough that I never size up with their t-shirts.

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    MaryAlice
    10 Sep 2020
    10:55am

    I love the look of white jeans with a black or brown boot – so chic. I bought Everlane’s super soft wide leg jean in Bone, and iI can’t wait to wear them (if the weather ever gets below 100 and I can wear long pants again)
    Also trying to restrain myself from that chore jacket!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    11 Sep 2020
    2:52am

    I love the head pat idea, but I fear my daughters will be getting a workout! #TeamWhiteJeans

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    Elle
    10 Sep 2020
    12:29pm

    I was interested in reading about the reason for the taboo of white but the link went to a coffee maker, FYI. TY for another great roundup!

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      Jeanne
      10 Sep 2020
      3:01pm

      That glass coffee maker is really beautiful though!

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    Tanya Hahni
    10 Sep 2020
    12:48pm

    lol, this feels like a very east coast post. Maybe I am not of the class which discusses such things but I can’t imagine anyone in Los Angeles thinking twice about when and when not to wear white. Like Eloise, white and I don’t get along but I think it looks great on other people. Maybe in my next life.

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    Viajera
    10 Sep 2020
    12:54pm

    Very interesting Kim, your rule about tight white pants – is it the TMI problem? Bc that would be a compelling point. … Corduroy pants for me only if bellbottom or flare. Idk why. … Also, anything white that we wear here will immediately become smoke-colored. We really need to get on this climate change thing. … I may steal the head pat. But if you do it at a party with Seinfeld fans, there could be trouble! 1800s rules link seems to go to a nifty coffeemaker, but, I always like to think about coffee, so I’m good.

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      Heather
      10 Sep 2020
      1:58pm

      I purposely bought some non-see-thru, skin-toned underpants to wear with my one pair of white jeans – just for that purpose!

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    Mary
    10 Sep 2020
    3:19pm

    I just found a pair of white pants by Nili Lotan at Nordstrom, marked down significantly,

    However, the pocket linings are very visible! Is this still a no no?

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      Trixie
      10 Sep 2020
      3:44pm

      I always cut the pockets (bottoms) out of my white jeans for that reason.

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        Mary
        10 Sep 2020
        5:13pm

        Thanks, Tricia!

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    Morgan Defarge
    10 Sep 2020
    2:13pm

    Please tell me about those tie dye birkenstock looking slides in the fifth photo!

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