WHITE, What’s the rule??

By:  Annie Spong – Stylist
Contributor’s Website:  Annie Spong

Wearing white year round has always been a bone of contention for anyone with an eye on fashion.

Really, this all comes from some very old ideas about hot weather with no air conditioning in the Summer and white being cooler to wear. Once we hit Labor Day, the weather cooled off and we wore heavier and darker
clothes. As well as many aristocratic have and have-not ideas thrown in! Well none of this applies to us living here in Los Angeles, so please wear your whites as you like. There is nothing more fresh than a fantastic white suit in Winter (not that we have Winter to speak of).

Here are some prime examples of white year round.

Vogue this Fall. Say no more…….
Michelle Obama at the Inaugural Ball, elegant, simple, fashionable!

Check out theses out takes from TIME Magazine 2009………

Much to the chagrin of sartorial purists, that skepticism of the Labor Day law has seeped into mainstream America. From 1960s counterculture to the present day — when would-be fashionistas get as many ideas from blogs and friends as from magazines and Fashion Week — more people than ever are breaking the rule. Even the 2004 manners bible, Emily Post’s Etiquette, 17th Edition, gives the go-ahead for wearing white
after Labor Day. Which may explain why some who abide by the custom themselves are now willing to compromise. Scheips, for one, “would never be caught dead wearing a white suit after Labor Day.” But
neither does he completely write off those who do. “I’m sure the Queen of England at Christmastime puts on white ermine once in a while. So if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for everybody else,
right?” he says. “You don’t have to be a fascist about it.”

TIME Magazine 2009

Whatever its origin, the Labor Day rule has been perennially met with resistance from high-fashion quarters. As far back as the 1920s, Coco Chanel made white a year-round staple. “It was a permanent part of her
wardrobe,” says Bronwyn Cosgrave, author of The Complete History of Costume and Fashion: From Ancient Egypt to the Present Day. The trend is embraced with equal vigor by today’s fashion élites, Cosgrave notes — from Marion Cotillard accepting her 2008 Academy Award in a mermaid-inspired cream dress to Michelle Obama dancing the inaugural ball away in a snowy floor-length gown. Fashion rules are meant to be
broken by those who can pull it off, notes Cosgrave, and white “looks really fresh when people aren’t expecting it.”

Kate Middleton wears it so well.
Coco Chanel was NEVER without her white suits year round!

White is in in in.

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Contributor’s Website:  Annie Spong
Image Credits:  1-Vogue, 2-Michelle Obama: Getty Images, 3-Kate Middleton: glamizondiaries.com, 4-CO CO Chanel image:  Roland Schoor / Time & Life Pictures / Getty
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