I hope your August is going well! I wanted to email you with a perennial question: can one wear white jeans after Labor Day? I am interested in buying a pair of them, especially since so many stores have them discounted now, but am worried about the wearability factor come September. What are your thoughts on this supposed fashion rule? Any tips for wearing them into the cooler weather?
Thanks so much! Rory
Maybe the easiest way to answer this question is with visual aids.
These Paige jeans are my everything. I have a serious saddlebag issue, and they’re the only skinny jeans that don’t make them look enormous. Need something under-$100? Try these Ann Taylor jeans or these Old Navy Rockstar jeans. Petite? Try these $79 Michael Kors jeans. Plus-size? These Jones New York jeans look promising.
Left, Blouse: Otte Sophie Top ($185) // Necklace: Charlene K Turquoise Necklace ($138) // Bag: Switch It Up Tote ($59) // Earrings: Chloe Stud Earring ($38) // Ring: Tira Open Ring ($38) // Shoes: French Connection Hallie Sandal ($50)
August is for white denim and bright colors. One of my favorite summer color combos is turquoise and coral. Looking for more Martha’s Vineyard, less Miami Beach? Try this yellow, dot-printed top from Ann Taylor and these navy stud earrings.
The real star of this show is the inexpensive reversible tote. It’s coral on one side, cognac on the other. Prefer a different combination? Try this $48 Street Level Tote that comes in four options.
Right, Sweater: Merino Wool Tippi Sweater ($80 + 25%-off) // Earrings: Kenneth Cole Hoops ($24) // Bag: Sole Society Marlow Tote ($59) // Bracelet: Blu Bijoux Cuff ($34) // Shoe: Sole Society Wynn Bootie ($80)
This is a good outfit for early fall. In D.C., that’s October. In Montana, that’s next week. Adjust accordingly.
I chose grey, but you could also got with a camel sweater or a black-and-white printed one (don’t miss it!). I also like these sweet booties. I think they’re phenomenal. But if you want something more basic, don’t miss these Splendid Lakota booties.
I also added green accessories to create a rich-looking color combination. And given the affordability of the bag and the bracelet, it would be a great pair of items to own.
Bottom, Jacket: IRO Cym Tweed Jacket ($485) // Sweater: Cashmere Tee ($138 + 25%-off) // Boots: Steve Madden Tall Boots ($169) // Scarf: Grey Leopard Scarf ($30) // Earrings: Minkoff Studded Drop Earrings ($68)
For the deepest months of winter, wear your white jeans as you would your blue jeans. Here, I paired them with a black tweed jacket and a navy blue sweater. This is still one of my favorite color combos. I chose the grey leopard scarf with hints of blue and black to pull the palette together.