White Before Memorial Day

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Blazer: c/o Karen Kane | Tank: H&M (similar) | Scarf: Liberty (similar) | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bracelets:Emerson” c/o Kristin Biggs, Stella and Dot, Nordstrom, JewelMint, old

Were you expecting a post about white after Labor Day/before Memorial Day? I have already ranted about that a half a dozen times on this blog (quickly found this rant, this rant, and this rant) and have ranted myself silly. But I did want to say that wearing winter white jeans is not the same as wearing pure white linen trousers. Wearing a white blazer is not the same as a strapless white eyelet dress. White sandals is not the same as white peeptoe booties with a chunky black sole. I see so many showing off how they're bucking tradition and wearing white, and then it's something ivory or winter white, or white with a heavy black sole or black stitching or paired with a black cashmere sweater and black boots. It's not the same, and I can't give you a SO BRAVE medal for it.

But you in the thin white cotton skinny jeans with a pink oxford and white peeptoe wedges walking down M street swinging your wicker bag and smiling behind your cat eye shades, yes, I did give you the side eye. It may be really warm in DC today, but it's not July and you might have waited a few more weeks before pulling out that outfit. Call me old fashioned, but I don't think warm weather justifies dressing inappropriately. That's the equivalent to having an unusually chilly day in August and wearing a wool beanie and Sorel boots.

However, when you're a four year old who just can't fathom the concept of snow one week and summer-esque temps the next… you let her get away with a parka and fake UGGs decorated with Hello Kitty stickers.  As I have said before, rules are easily broken by those who are True Fashionistas!

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  1. Before I start my rant have to say I love love love you and this blog which is why I think it’s ok to say the following;
    I live in England and therefore have no idea when Labour Day is although I’m often hearing about the ‘rule’ but this has got to be one of the most stupid rules ever when it comes to clothes. Where white when it’s appropriate to you and your outfit to wear it the time of year has absoloutly nothing to do with it. It’s really rubbish, we have no such rule here thank god.

    1. In England, as in every country except the US, Labor Day is May 1! You don’t have Memorial Day; your version of that would be Armistice Day, at a completely different time of year.

  2. This is interesting to me, because down here in Louisiana, we’re always taught you can wear white after Easter!

  3. I love this outfit, and especially how Emerson is trying to mimic your pose. Such a cutie! I live in Austin, so it gets hot here early, and you see a lot of outfits like yours starting in February or March. I think the unwritten rule is it’s okay to wear white starting on Easter. By July, it’s just scorching, and most people wear what will keep them coolest in the heat. I don’t do much white, but I agree with you about wearing it too early. 🙂

  4. Where I live, at the first SMELL of spring people pull out their spring wardrobe. It’s a long, dark, winter and everyone is very very excited to burn those wool coats, Sorel boots, and dark handbags. I get why that girl was dressed that way. As for me, I’m still wearing my knee-high black boots with my skinny jeans and a gray tunic. It’s 38 degrees people! lol

  5. First, I LOVE that last photo with both of your legs crossed. Second, I am the girl who wears white jeans year round. Oops! I won’t ever quit…at least I don’t think I will. 😉

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