White Denim: The Year-Round Essential.
Posted on June 05 2019
For those of you who cringe at the thought of wearing white outside of Summer, you are not alone.
My mother still follows the Memorial-Day-to-Labor-Day rule as if she were being graded. So if you fall into this camp, allow me put your inner Emily Post at ease with some fashion history.
Summer wardrobing dates back to the 1800’s.
Wearing white and lighter colors in the summer was a practical way of staying cool in the absence of air conditioning. And when Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, it marked the official end of summer, signaling vacationers to return home, pack away their summer clothing, and resume wearing their darker city wear. Then in the 1920's, Coco Chanel - herself - made white a permanent part of her year round wardrobe giving her contemporary (and future, ahem) devotees permission to enjoy the crisp non-color anytime of the year.
I mean, if it’s good enough for Coco…
I know, I know. Emily Post and other manners mavens published fashionable “rules” in the 1950’s banishing white to the summer months. BUT! I can report that most have since reversed their opinions, thankyouverymuch. And I defy you to find a fashion stylist or editor who doesn't punctuate her fall and winter wardrobe with a healthy dose of white clothing, especially denim.
So whether or not I've made a believer out you, we are on the other side of Memorial Day - and therefore white is in order. Read on below for our White Denim Edit. And since you'll be wearing these babies well past Labor Day, it may be time to invest in a new pair...or two!
We love this stovepipe cropped denim with a finished hem, making it ideal for a casual work day or dinner out.
Pair this pair with tan booties and a navy v-neck sweater for Fall.
It doesn't get any more classic than white with a navy stripe. These skinny cropped jeans have great stretch and retention, making them perfect for daily wear.
Wear with black loafers and a baby blue cashmere poncho this Fall.
Legs for days? Yes, please. These longer mini-boot cut jeans were made for heels.
Pair with a silk blouse, leather jacket, and stilettos for a night out this Fall.
If this look doesn't say summer, I don't know what does. Wear these slender and cropped jeans with your favorite sneaker to run from lunch to errands looking effortless.
Wear with chocolate ankle boots and a grey merino wool turtleneck for an unexpected winter combo.
Asymmetry is always interesting, especially in a hemline. These skinny jeans have enough personality to pair with a pair of sneakers or heels.
We love these for Fall tucked into a dark brown knee boot with a white blouse and oatmeal duster.
Certainly, there are so many options from which to choose. The good news is that once you find your perfect white fit - you'll have months and months to enjoy them.
Until next time,