Vintage: Winter White For The Winter Blues

January 27, 2014 • Magazine, Vintage


I’ll be the first to admit I like to break a lot of the age-old fashion rules and one of them that I get the most pleasure out of is “no white after Labor Day.” The Winter White trend has become so hot in recent years, anyone who may have questioned it before is surely to be on board now. It almost seems like all of the fashion lovers of the world who rock this trend are fighting against the drab dark colors that winter has forced upon them.

The history of the “no white after Labor Day” rule is unclear; however is one explanation that seems to be widely accepted is that the origins came from the upper crust of society and their vacationing patterns. Dark clothing was considered synonymous with day-to-day activities (i.e. work, school, chores, the daily grind…) and once these wealthier members of society went on break and took their summer vacations; they left the dark uniforms behind and replaced them with lightweight, cool fabrics in light colors as they headed to resorts and beach towns for a little fun. Once they returned and got back into their daily routines (and with the arrival of the fall season), it was hello to the darker clothing which re-emerged as the cooler weather began to settle in and vacations came to an end. Consequently, since Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, the two practices somehow merged and the fashion rule became a mainstay among the masses.

Despite the reason or the origin of this rule, there have always been the fashion mavens who have strayed – Coco Chanel being one of them. And if Coco can do it then you surely can too! So if you aren’t so ready to do stark white pants or leather booties, try something a little more subtle in the form of an ivory cable knit sweater, a cashmere hat and scarf combo or a tweed skirt. If this is something that’s not in your regular rotation just yet, this trend can take some getting used to. Take your time and find what works for you. Bringing in those bright whites might just scare away your winter blues!

1. 1950s Vintage Winter White Coat, Photographer Nina Leen 1954

2. 1980s Vintage Peplum Dress With Ruffles, $56

3. Gucci Handbag/Hobo White Textured Leather VTG Exc., $299

4. 3.1 Phillip Lim Textured Tweed Mini Skirt, $475

5. Balmain Ankle Boots, now $ 390

6. Nanette Lapore Be Happy Knit Top,  $228

7. Matthiew Mirano Fall 2013 RTW, photo NYMag

– Carmen Turner

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