That time of year so many of us dread is upon us. The carefree, easy going life of summer is just about ending. Kids are back to school, work responsibilities are starting to pick up and yes, Labor Day is here within a blink of an eye. People have always said, “Don’t wear white after Labor Day.” A classic “rule.” However, we here at Styliaque have a difference of opinion. In fact, we’ve come up with some timeless rules for after Labor Day fashion and we’re going to clear up all the misinformation we’ve been fed over the years right here.
Rule 1: Wearing White After Labor Day Is OK!
How often have you heard “Don’t wear white after Labor Day!” Don’t listen to that! What does white have to do with summer anyway? Snow is white, isn’t it? Pretty sure white snow has never occurred in the summer. We think the fabric of a garment is more important than the color. A cute white, knit fabric sweater is perfectly fine to wear after Labor Day! So when shopping for fall, remember to consider the fabrics more than the colors. Stores will mostly have browns, greys, blacks going into the fall/winter months, but don’t dismiss lighter colors on a stylish long sleeve blouse, jacket or sweater!
Rule 2: Wear What Fits Your Body Type
It’s not about what’s trendy or “cool” in fashion after Labor Day, but what always matters is that you wear the correct clothing cuts for your personal shape. Don’t just listen to what the “experts” say the trends are. Be your own stylish expert! For example, if you have wide hips you’d like to try and hide, don’t wear pants, a blouse, a dress, anything with horizontal stripes! The stripes will make you look wider. If you have a large bust or are top heavy, don’t wear shirred tops, blouses with pocket detailing or the like. These accents will only accentuate what you want to minimize. Conversely, if you’re small on top, shirring, draped necklines & horizontal stripes on jackets, blazers, blouses & dresses will make you appear bigger busted. If you have any further questions about what is the best clothing cuts for your shape, feel free to contact us.
Rule 3: Dress Appropriately For Your Age
This is an important rule and probably the one most broken of all. When you’re shopping for fall fashion after Labor Day this year, say to yourself, how old actually am I and what kind of shape am I in? It’s important to dress for how old you really are, instead of how old you feel. A big misconception. For example, you know those women in their 70’s who wear dresses or tops that are way too tight or have plunging necklines showing too much skin and leaving little to the imagination? Sure, these ladies might be in good shape for their age, but that doesn’t mean a grandmother should be dressing the same way as her 21 year old granddaughter. How often have you seen this older woman and thought, “Someone’s trying too hard to stay young”? It’s true – they are trying too hard and it comes off that way. Older women should be wearing decently high necklines and clothes that are not too tight and not too loose. A 20 year old girl, in contrast, should be wearing short, fun, flirty skirts and more skin bearing tops because if she can’t wear them then, when can she? Wear what fits and is just right for your age. If you’re wearing the clothes of a woman who is at least 20 years your senior or junior, take a step back and make some fashion style changes. Trust us.
Rule 4: Wear Clothes With Confidence
The most attractive accessories a woman can own are confidence and a smile. We know you will not always feel confident or feel like smiling, especially as we head into the fall and winter months, but it’s so important to carry yourself like you’re a million bucks. If anything, just fake it. Pretend you’re the most confident woman in the world and force yourself to smile. Eventually you will actually feel confident and feel like smiling more. After this Labor Day holiday, make a promise to yourself that you will wear your clothing with all the confidence in the world. It makes you look better and most importantly feel better. People won’t help but notice you in the most positive way.
Rule 5: Mix Together Different Shades of One Color
This rule can be tricky because it can take practice to perfect. The key idea here is to take different shades, a dark and a light, for example, of one color and find a way to wear them together. You can find tops, blazers, jackets, etc. that already come with this look. If you want to try and create the look yourself, find for instance a light shade of blue for pants and a lighter shade of blue for your top. Different colors matched together can look great too, but for after Labor Day, a light purple and dark purple combination can really give you a wow factor. Use this rule with any color – browns, reds, greens, yellows. Wearing a blouse or bottom with some designs also mixed in can excite the look even more. Try it and see how you like it.
If you have any questions or comments about our rules here, feel free to contact us. We hope all our Styliaques™ have a happy, safe, enjoyable and stylish Labor Day holiday weekend!