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Is it OK to wear white after labor day?

Answer: Yes!

As soon as warm weather approaches and the sun peeks out from behind the clouds, the common fashion trends you typically see are bold colors, delicate pastels and vivid prints. Prepare yourself, because all white is making a comeback. And contrary to popular belief and old adage—you can wear white before Memorial Day and long after Labor Day.

Glamorous and chic but also quite daunting, we know how difficult it is to keep white ensembles clean as well as how unflattering the color can be, as it has potential to highlight every body flaw. So it’s best to work the stark hue into your look where it suits you best. If you’re not one to embrace bright colors or you find it hard to give up your dark winter colors, you can make a compromise with white. It’s the perfect neutral. Read on to find out how you can incorporate the classic color in your spring essentials, while making a little white noise at the same time.

Swap blues for white hot denim

Instantly transform your look by trading in your blue jeans for white ones like these skinnies from Boohoo. Whether you choose a pop of color to accent your blank canvas, or even pairing them with a denim jacket for a classic Americana look, white denim jeans are the quintessential bottoms for spring and summer. They look great with other neutral pieces and subtle tones. Play up denim with matching white sneakers to elongate your legs and make jeans more figure-flattering. For a casual, laidback style, try a pair of slouchy white cutoffs or shorts with a band or striped tee. Of course they’re a staple for the warmer months, but white denim is worth the money and is absolutely a must-have, as you can make them work all year around by changing up your footwear and tops.

Sweeten it up with a little white dress

Ready to break out those bare legs? A pretty white dress in lace, eyelet, or crochet is the way to go when it comes to brightening your look. Focus on clean lines, feminine silhouettes and different levels of transparency. A cut that skims the body is perfect like this white dress from BB Dakota. Going for a more daring approach? Try cutouts, metallic accents or ethnic trends.

Layer + mix and match

Even when you’re going for a monotone color scheme, remember that it doesn’t have to be a literal take on all-white: mix it up with eggshell, cream, mother-of-pearl or ivory shades. After all, they’re still considered variances of white. To keep your look from being one-note, wear different textures or fabrics in white. The juxtaposition of separates in various patterns and textures will give you a luxe yet carefree vibe. And subtle differences in shades from your clothing to accessories will make your outfit stand out and look more chic.

Add accent colors

Ground your monochromatic look in a singular pop of color like a pair of bright yellow flats or a mint green cardigan. Find a shirt or accessories with design elements that can bring another complementary shade into the picture. Just make sure it doesn’t steal the attention away from that lovely white piece you’re wearing.

Keep it simple in a white shirt

After bundling up in oversized sweaters and long sleeved knits for winter, it’s time to freshen things up with a classic, crisp white shirt like this one from NastyGal. It’s a simple, tailored piece to wear with denim or trousers and a blazer for work. Amp things up with a shirt dress, and pair it with flats or wedge sandals.

Step aside, color: this spring’s hottest and standout shade is anything but colorful. A smart investment, there’s nothing like fresh white in the spring and summer. So start your new wardrobe with a clean slate, creating your outfits based on lightweight fabrics and plenty of white essentials.

What are your favorite ways to wear white?