White After Labor Day

We all know the old phrase, “don’t wear white after Labor Day,” but do we even know why that is or how that came about? I have heard the phrase many times but never paid much attention to is besides joking that I was wearing white after Labor Day. I also mentally excluded white tops from this rule, you know if I were to even follow it. To me I always assumed white pants and dresses were the only pieces that fell into under this strange fashion restriction.

I never actually looked up why we have this “rule” until this year. It apparently took me 28 years of ignoring it to be curious enough to want to know why.  Turns out, in my opinion, it is good most people ignore this very out of date way of thinking. An article from Marie Claire, “Can You Wear White After Labor Day?: A Consensus”, opened my eyes to this silly tradition. The article read:

The “you can’t wear white after Labor Day,” rule was created to separate the old money elitists from the new money group. “It [was] insiders trying to keep other people out,” according to Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in an interview with Time, “and outsiders trying to climb in by proving they know the rules.” – Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire

The whole reason this “rule” was made was to separate classes, this seems ridiculous to me and very Gatsby-esq. This isn’t East and West Egg.

“For those who had money and could leave the city during warmer months, white was considered vacation attire.” Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire

When summer is over you would ideally come home from vacation and bust out your darker fall clothes to get back to school, work and life and pack away your “vacation” clothes. Such a silly rule about wearing a certain color. Glad it is 2018 and I can wear white whenever I want and not look like a social climbing, new money wannabe.

I finally got my favorite jeans in white and I love them! The Jamie from Topshop are my all time favorite jeans. They are the perfect high waist jeans and are so comfy and flattering. I have barely touched any of my other jeans since I got these and now I have blue, black, and white so I am pretty much set.

Funny story about these white ones. I wear a size 28×32 in these and Nordstrom only had a 28×30. I am tall so those would not work for me. They were on sale and said “price matched” so I figured that must mean they are on sale on the Topshop site. I was right and they had my size so I ordered them! They came in and were “sateen”… they were shiny space pants! I was so mad I did not read the description well enough. I returned them and decided I would just try on the the 30×32 at Nordstrom which were too big BUT turned out this Nordstrom had my size it just didn’t show online. So I finally got my white jeans… just in time for Labor Day! lol

I have never been one to wear white on white or off white on white (one, because I spill things, and two, I wasn’t sure if that even looked okay). I have seen a couple bloggers do it though and I really liked it! I gave it a try with my sprinkle tank and it was super cute. I also added this sweater in hopes it would make fall come sooner. I am still waiting but have a good feeling… stay tuned.

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I also added one of my favorite wedges because you cannot ruin a good look with bad shoes, duh.

Shop the look: Top (40% off!) | Jeans (50% off!) | Sweater | Wedges

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Simple Sweaters

Lately I have been loving the simplicity of a pull over sweater. It doubles as a top and a jacket (if you’re in Cali for a winter in the 60’s). Often I have just been pairing a pull over sweater with a pair of slacks, throwing on a statement necklace or a scarf, any choice of booties, heels, or flats, and calling it a day. Like I said, so simple and easy, yet cute and comfy. I find myself saying that more often about my outfit choices: easy yet cute. Either my style has shifted to a more simplistic look or I’m just getting better at picking out quick outfits.

Anyways, this is one of those easy, cute outfits. I got this sweater from Old Navy the week of Thanksgiving (for 40% off woot-woot!) and I love it! The color is perfect and goes with so much. I bought the scarf from Old Navy too but a little while earlier and I was excited to see how well they went together. I wanted to wear my over the knee boots with it so I put on my black Maison Jules pants (from ages ago) that are the style of jeans but are not denim so I love that I can wear them to work. Voila, casual yet work appropriate. I was warm and comfy all day.


Find it here —> Hi-Lo Honeycomb-Stitch Sweater from Old Navy | dv Marilyn Over the Knee Fashion Boots from Target

Goal: Be Cozy

I went into Target today with no specific goal, per usual, and of course found something. As soon as I walked into the clothes section I spotted a sweater that I wanted. I love when you are thinking about a certain item you want and then you accidentally come across the perfect version (because do we ever find anything when we are actively looking for it? No.) I checked the Target Cartwheel app. and it had a coupon for 40% off women’s sweaters! Obviously meant to buy it so into the basket it went. For anyone who doesn’t use the Target Cartwheel app. please check it out. I have been using it for about 3 years now and I have saved $435.76 total!

Anyways my new sweater is the perfect shade of light pink, super soft, oversized, and cable knit. If there is anything better than a sweater, it is an oversized sweater. I also bought the essie gel couture polish in Touch Up and the top coat. I haven’t tried it yet but I am pretty excited to, hopefully tomorrow I will have more time to do it. I have been trying to be better and save money and NOT get my nails done at a salon so we will see how long this gel polish lasts without chipping. I will test it out and report back!

Lastly, I am so excited. I saw Gigi Hadid post a picture of the cover of the Vogue It Girl Style on her insta. not too long ago (because I am obsessed with her), and I had to have it! I was sad when I realized that it was an October edition and not in any stores anymore. I looked on Amazon because that was how determined I was to have it, and I found it! So worth it because it is BEAUTIFUL. I decided that my favorite Vogue covers are going to be my new collection. I have this one to add to my other favorite, the Taylor Swift cover (yeah whatever I am kind of nerdy but its cool!). Check out all of my little finds below and have a great night!

Women’s Marled Cable Pullover Sweater – Merona from Target

essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Touch Up

essie Gel Couture Top Coat

Vogue It Girl Style from Amazon

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Today’s outfit got several different reactions. The girls at work all thought it was cute and fun. One of the guys at work asked why I was going for the “old lady” look, and finally my boyfriend asked why I was dressed like a grandma. Don’t boys know anything?! I wore this because it is cute obviously. It’s cold outside, this is a sweater, it just happens to have a cat on it, which I also happen to like cats! 

Anyways I don’t care what boys think because they clearly know nothing about fashion. I got this sweater from who else but Maison Jules at Macy’s, and just look how cute it is! I paired it with a denim collard button up with the cuffs out of the ends of the sleeves, black skinnies (which you can find here also from Maison Jules which are SOO comfy), low heeled brown boots, and topped it off with a double strand of pearls. Yes I agree it is old fashioned but it doesn’t make it any less cute! Check it out…

  
Channel you’re inner cat lady! Stay warm everyone!
PS- update on NANOWRIMO… I got behind because I got home late yesterday from a family matter, but don’t worry! I’m almost caught up. I think I should be at 5,000 words and I’m at 3,335 which is exactly two days. So since it’s day three I can split today’s words into two and be totally caught up by Thursday… Well that’s the plan so we will see!