Living in Midwest America, where cutting edge fashion is a thing most people go ‘HUH?’ to…you get an odd look when wearing a monochromatic look from head to toe. Say, where in New York City all black is considered chic, in the Midwest you get:
Confused, Onlooking Stranger: “Are you going to a funeral…?”
You: “Uh, NO stupid. I’m creating a look here!”
And so on. It’s also the same when you wear an all white ensemble. Oh, and heaven forbid you wear white after Labor Day. People will be all over you like white on rice for breaking such a ‘cardinal sin’ of fashion. So when Gareth Pugh hits the runways of Paris Fashion Week with a fall collection of never ending white ensembles, I kind of get that oomph of satisfaction. Yes, you can wear white after Labor Day. Let’s all say it together: Yes, you can wear white after Labor Day! Free yourself of the falsities that’s shamed your crispy whites to the dark, dusty corners of your closet till ‘Memorial Day’. (I mean really, they don’t even let you wear white in Spring.)
Rather than exiling white for 9 months of the year, think more along the lines of the fabric at hand. Linen, for example, not so hot in December. Thick, heavy fabrics such as wool however? Perfectly beautiful in white. Not to mention, acceptable.
Don’t ask me why I chose now to take a stand on white after Labor Day. It’s not like this is the first time we’ve seen white head to toe looks on the runway for fall. It’s definitely not even the first time this season. But browsing the Pugh’s dreamy, white ensembles…my mind drifted to just how beautiful white is in winter. A white coat, on a snowy winter day is beautiful. And this collection in particular, has a very endearing essence of Dr. Zhivago with romantic silhouettes and iced over features.
|Photos credited to Style.com|
Not to sound cliched, but white is pure. It also happens to be traditional and polished. The only rule worth following in the world of fashion is to not put yourself in a box. Don’t let the unfashionable tell you what to do with fashion!