Happy (almost) Labor Day weekend! We're all familiar with the old no white after Labor Day rule. Even those who don't consciously follow the rule tend to wear less lights and brights in the fall and winter. Its origins are hazy, but the "fashion rule" is usually attributed to high society or weather and environment in the early 20th century.
Most of us don't pay much mind to rules like these anymore, but I still seem to get asked about the Labor Day cliche each year with the expectation that, as a member of the fashion industry, I'll be extra judgy. To the contrary, part of being a designer is having an artistic streak and loving to break the rules. I love whites, creams and pastels as much as I love black. If you love them too, I encourage you to wear them all year.
White is great for keeping cool in the summer but there are plenty of whites in warm fabrics that are perfect for the cooler seasons. Wearing whites in the fall allows for more layering opportunities. Layering is one of the most fun aspects of a monochromatic outfit as the lack of distracting colors and prints draws focus to the shapes and textures of your outfit. All white is striking and refreshing all year round and it allows the silhouettes and details of your clothing to truly stand out.
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My versatile Leslie cover-up can be worn three different ways for three great looks.
Worn open, it's a stylish asymmetrical cardigan.
You can also wear Leslie tied in front in two different ways, both of which look great worn over leggings, yoga pants or slim pants. Read on and I'll show you how!
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Note: "Hip" = Lower hip/largest point of hip
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