Breaking the Rules
09 . 05 . 12
Everyone has heard the rule that you can’t wear white after Labor Day. Rules are also meant to be broken. I don’t think it’s appropriate to wear summery white clothes or anything linen after Labor Day but a little white can be fine. If you are going to break the rules, I suggest pairing white with darker colors or heavier fabrics. White jeans look great with a cashmere sweater or a navy blazer. In my case, I decided to continue wearing my white raw silk Billy Reid jacket. Technically it’s more of an ivory so maybe I’m not really breaking the rules. But to quote John Bender in The Breakfast Club, “Being bad feels pretty good, huh?”
Billy Reid White Raw Silk Dinner Jacket – This is my new favorite addition to my closet. No one crafts a jacket like a menswear designer and the fit is impeccable. It’s also currently on sale. If you don’t see your size online, you can call a store to see if they can locate one for you as they did for me.
J.Crew Alabaster Blythe Blouse – I own this classic blouse in many colors. It looks just as good with jeans as it does with a skirt, and army pants in this case.
J.Crew Garment Dyed Camp Pant – When I saw these army green pants in J.Crew, I immediately thought they looked like Jenna Lyons since she often wear army pants. I also thought they’d be perfect if I ever went on safari. Right now, I just wear them in the urban jungle of New York. The green isn’t available online but I bought them in the Soho store. I can’t wait to wear them into autumn with a fur vest and cute flats.
Roger Vivier Snakeskin Sandals – These were a great pre-sale find at Saks earlier this summer. They are dark enough to wear as long as the weather stays warm.
Miu Miu Bag – It’s a black hole and I can never find anything in it but it’s the perfect shade for fall. I bought it last August so I don’t know if they still make it.
Lookmatic Tortoise Apprentice Glasses – Once you need glasses, you need multiple pairs and I’m loving these new frames from Lookmatic. They also have a huge selection of sunglasses too.
Vintage Pearls – I bought this strand of vintage Baroque pearls at the flea market for $40. I might wear another long gold vintage necklace instead but it’s nice to have options.
Vintage Breitling Watch – Thanks Dad!
Fenton Fallon Cuff Bracelet – I bought this gold bracelet at the recent sample sale and it’s also become a favorite. The pearls say uptown and the studs say downtown.
Asha by ADM Topaz Ring – I’ve had this ring for years and the smoky topaz is also perfect for fall.
Essie Potato Fields Nail Polish – I’ve gone light on my manicure and it’s feels fresher than all the brights from summer. Sometimes I layer one coat of Mademoiselle over one coat of Potato Fields. Crazy I know.
Nars Chinatown Nail Polish – I’ve also switched to this classic shade for my pedicure.
Photo by moi via Instagram
Thanks for reminding me about my army green J Crew pants, Heather! (think that means my closet needs a good going over?). I love the uptown/downtown mix. That’s what makes life interesting…at least style!
Absolutely! I wore white jeans today (Sept 6th) to drop off my little Kindergartener for her first day of school here in Manhattan – and so did quite a few chic mommies! I say this is definitely a rule that’s meant to be broken.