Why you need to wear white after Labor Day

Sarah Jessica Parker wearing white after Labor Day

It’s still summer, people

Look, I know many people see the end of Labor Day weekend as the start of fall, but it’s just not true. For many states in the U.S., fall doesn’t start until almost October. Technically, the first day of autumn is Sept. 22, 2012, according to my Google search. So you still have a few hot and heavy weeks after Labor Day, which means you need to wear white in order to stay cool. So don’t be afraid — bring out those white eyelets, ivory sundresses and near see-through white tanks. Everything’s going to be OK.

White is chic year-round

Have you ever seen someone wear white and look trashy? Um, don’t answer that actually. Britney Spears had a rough 2007. Either way, if you know how to style it, white can be ultra-feminine and chic. For example, during the crisper months, you can wear a tan knit sweater, white skinny jeans and leather riding boots for a modern day fall 2012 look. In the winter, you can pair a white slinky button-up under a color-block blazer, black skinny tailored pants and black platforms. See how sophisticated that is? No one will question you, I promise.

Blazers are life savers; white blazers are even better

We’re huge fans of the blazer. It’s classy, kind of sexy, sophisticated and can be dressed up or down. Blazers in white emphasize all of those points. It’s a spin-off of the ever-popular black blazer and exudes a fresh atmosphere. Do you like looking fresh? Then keep your white blazer around for the long-haul. Wearing a white blazer during the winter earns you automatic style points, well, in our book. This white Silence & Noise Boyfriend blazer from Urban Outfitters will dress you up in all the right places.

It’s hard to let go of summer

Summer is gone much more quickly than it came, which is saddening for those who actually get a summer. Even for those who work through it, there’s a certain sadness when Piña Coladas, teeny polka dot bikinis, and the faint tunes of Slightly Stoopid aren’t around anymore. That’s why wearing white after Labor Day is your last chance to keep the vibrant dog days of summer alive. Wear your ivory floral gauze tank under a cardigan, wear that white peplum dress over tights, and even get a little crazy and wear a hot pink bandeau under your flowy, cream tunic. Just do it!

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Adding Unique Accessories To Your Look

Sizzling summer accessories

With the right shoes, handbag or accessories, no one will even notice you are wearing last year’s dress. This summer, invest in one of these pieces to give any outfit a fresh, new appeal.

1Shield sunglasses

Aviators aren’t the only hot style in sunglasses this year. Shield sunglasses offer a modern edge that suits everyone. We love the AX Armani Exchange Rimless Shield Sunglasses, priced at just $65 at Nordstrom. The slight wrap shape offers full sun protection and lots of style.

2A bag that pops

Look for a medium sized bag that you can carry every day. Embrace color. Cobalt blue, hot pink and racy red are all perfect for summertime. But what’s really hot this year are citrus shades. We love the Culture Phit Bree Bow Braid Hobo in orange or yellow. At under $100 from Zappos, this roomy faux leather bag is a fantastic buy.

3A big floppy hat

At the royal wedding, all eyes were on the hats. And though you might not want to wear some of the outrageous headwear we saw at Westminster Abbey, the right hat can make your outfit. This summer, whether you are sunning poolside or having drinks at an outdoor party, wear a wide-brimmed sunhat. For plenty of sun protection and a touch of glamour, get the Raffia Braid Sunhat from Shopbop, priced at $98.

4Unique shoes

No matter what you are wearing, put all eyes on your shoes by picking sandals with unusual heels, interesting materials or fancy embellishments. Check out these gorgeous Pelle Moda ‘Basil’ Sandals with studded details, wooden platforms and intricate beading over the open-toe. Priced at $150, these pretty sandals are perfect for a summer party.

Summer-ready Ways To Wear Black This Season

Black isn’t just for colder months. We think it’s a great year-round staple shade, perfect for even the hottest days. Check out some of our top picks for summer-ready ways to wear black this season.

Sexy sundress

Sexy sundress

While we love our bright and bold sundresses, we were equally smitten with this elegant yet summer-ready sundress in basic black. The flattering frock features eye-catching ball and ring detailing at the waist, a V-neck and open back. Pair this fun alternative to the standard LBD with a pair of vibrant platform sandals and a statement cuff.

Zipper wedge

Zipper wedge

Add some serious height to your summer look with this pair of black patent leather wedge sandals with an ankle strap and exposed back zip. Not only will they add to the wow-factor of any outfit, they pair perfectly with both casual looks (tees and cut-offs) and more polished outfits.

Beaded bathing suit

Beaded bathing suit

Make an ultra-sexy splash at your next pool party in this glamorous black one-piece with twisted knot detailing at the waist and patterned black and white beading on the straps . We especially love the plunging neckline and adjustable cross straps for added comfort. Just add a wide-brimmed hat and oversized shades and you’re ready for your close-up.

Crochet tank

Crochet tank

Tank tops are a versatile summer must-have because they go with just about anything and can easily be dressed up or down. We’re currently coveting this delicate crochet tank with slim straps and diaphanous fit. Pair this pretty piece with anything from skinny jeans and strappy sandals to your favorite pair of linen trousers.

High rise shorts

High rise shorts

Show a little extra leg in a pair of these retro-cool high waist black shorts . Not only are they ultra-adorable, the fit is flattering and comfortable. We’ll be pairing ours with a tucked in fitted tee (or sleeveless blouse), T-strap heels and a brightly-hued clutch.

Multi-strand necklace

Multi-strand necklace

Add interest to any outfit with this black, beaded multi-strand statement necklace . We love the simplicity of the design and how gorgeous this piece will look layered over a plain white tank or on bare skin when you wear it with a deep-v or wide neck shirt.

How to appear thinner

look thinner

Look thinner with better posturePractice better posture.

Slouching makes even a flat stomach look like it’s not. You don’t have to look like a drill sergeant, but do stand straight with your shoulders back. That elongates your form, minimizing the appearance of excess weight.

Look thinner by adding heightAdd height.

You don’t have to invest in sky-high heels, but shoes and boots with a slight heel add a couple inches of height — and the taller you appear, the thinner you’ll seem.

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Look thinner by drawing the eye upDraw the eye up.

If you’d rather people not focus on your thighs or waist, dress and accessorize to draw the eye up. Wear tops with interesting necklines (V-shaped, sweetheart etc.) and choose patterns that emphasize everything above the waist. Accessorize with dangling earrings and colorful necklaces that draw attention to your pretty face.

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Look taller by finding the right fit for your clothingFind the right fit.

You may think that a baggy dress or shirt helps hide a few extra pounds, but you’re better off wearing something that fits you properly if you don’t want to appear bigger than you are. Clothes that are too big actually make you look larger because no one can see what’s underneath. You end up looking shapeless, rather than endowed with sexy curves. So dress to your size and don’t hide your shape.