6 Fashion Rules for Wearing White

With the modern day emphasis on the style being more of an individualized concept than of women blindly following fashion rules, you might feel there are no hard-and-fast rules to follow when it comes to fashion. However, if you’re more of a traditionalist who likes sticking to style guidelines and you wish to avoid fashion faux pas, keep on reading for the 6 fashion rules of wearing white.

  1. Don’t wear a white dress to a wedding unless you’re the bride.

chic wedding dress

modern classic white outfit

Remember, the only woman who should wear a white dress to a wedding is the bride. Wearing white on a wedding can outshine the bride and shows disrespect to the solemn occasion. However, it’s fine if your ensemble has white in it, but head-to-toe white for anyone but the lady exchanging vows is generally seen as a no-no.

  1. Avoid wearing white clothes after Labor Day.

casual outfit with tweed jacket and clutch sunglasses with breezy white dress

There was a time when people stuck to the rule that white clothing was only “allowed” between Memorial Day and Labor Day. However, this is usually a regional issue, where you have to know the difference between summer and fall’s fashion colors. Some call it cutting edge when women boldly go forth in white during the winter. Fortunately, there are no real fashion police who can arrest you for breaking fashion laws, so if you want to wear white clothing from January through December, the choice is yours.

  1. Avoid white clothes in city environments.

modern classic white outfit striped white shirtdress with sneakers

If you live in a big city and rely mainly on public transportation, wearing white clothes is prone to disaster. Between subways, taxis, dirty seats, and puddles, it would be a miracle for a white dress or slacks to make it through the day unscathed. This is one of the main reasons you see so many metropolitan women sticking to black ensembles as they slimming and they don’t show dirt as much. However, if you wish to channel your organized and polished look, as long as you can maintain the neatness of your white clothes then go for it.

  1. Embrace white ensembles in the warmer months.

statement shoes with sophisticated white outfit white bandeau top with high waist skirt

If you live in a tropical environment, white clothing probably seems necessary, even in winter, especially if your days are full of 80 degrees weather. Like fashion blogger Marta Pozzan, you can pull off cute white summer dresses in the warmer months to give you a fresh and breezy look.

  1. Wear off-white in cool weather.

gray boots with sweater dress polka dots top with cream pants

If you just love white and the way it complements your complexion, but you’re still afraid to wear it during the winter, choose off-white, cream, and gray colors instead. Even fashion traditionalists usually wear winter white. After all, it’s more about the fabric and texture of your outfit and not solely on the white shade alone.

  1. Wear the right shoes with your white outfits.

white top with pencil skirt white midi bodycon dress

Though black and white combination is a timeless classic, wearing heavy black pumps with lightweight white dresses can be an odd combination. So, if you wear a white outfit in the spring or summer, better pair them with nude-toned or white sandals. On the other hand, if you choose to wear white in fall and winter, brown shoes still look better than black. Fashion changes all the time, so what was considered a “law” at one time could be outdated today. So, when it comes to white clothing, the choice is yours.

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