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Neiman Marcus’ Ken Downing Says Yes to White After Labor Day

“Can you PLEASE explain some of the crazy what-you-can’t-wear rules that seem to flare up after Labor Day. Like, is it really against the rules to break out my white pants or pumps in September? I love white and this really restricts my wardrobe–especially in the early fall months! Help!” –Vallery

For this one we went to one of the expertiest experts on the matter, Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus Fashion Director.

“Before Easter, after Labor Day, the old rules no longer ring true. White is a 365 day-a-year proposal! Keep the fabrications appropriate to the season and you will always be chic.”

*Note: “Fabrications” are the key here. Think about your choice of cotton, linen, wool, silk, etc. If the material is season-friendly, you’ll likely be fine.

There you have it.

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14 comments on “Neiman Marcus’ Ken Downing Says Yes to White After Labor Day

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  3. Unless you’re going to walk around with a sign that states “Ken Downing says I can wear white” I wouldn’t do it. There are many people around who think it is a major faux pas, old-fashioned or not.

  4. @katherine
    Unless they’re tennis shoes, you should probably skip them.

    @TLS
    That is precisely why I’ve posted this. Out with nonsense “faux pas,” and in with the truth! :)

  5. white pumps? GAH. white is for casual shoes. not dressy-ish ones. stick with taupe for a neutral in those cases.

  6. Who cares? I’m from Florida, and I say wear white if you want to. Obviously don’t throw on a white sundress, but I think white jeans are absolutely appropriate in the early fall and late spring months. It’s not a major “faux pas” anymore.

  7. @no
    Yes. I wear a Snuggie with nothing underneath, as well.

    On a serious note, let’s take a look at designers’ collections for fall/winter 2010, shall we? Mr. Downing may not have your confidence, Charm Offensive, but, perhaps one of these fashion houses will. As for white post-Labor Day:

    Balenciaga OKs it. http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/F2010RTW-BALENCIA/

    Chanel OKs it.
    http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/F2010RTW-CHANEL?event=show2062&designer=design_house22&trend=&iphoto=19

    Karl Lagerfeld OKs it.
    http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/F2010RTW-KLAGERFELD?event=show2062&designer=design_house979&trend=&iphoto=23

    Oscar de la Renta OKs it.
    http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/F2010RTW-ODLRENTA?event=show2062&designer=design_house78&trend=&iphoto=5

    Carolina Herrera OKs it.
    http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/F2010RTW-CHERRERA?loop=0&event=show2062&designer=design_house17&iphoto=30&play=false&cnt=3

  8. A bunch of Yankees out to make people look stupid. Don’t buy into it, folks. Follow the rules and keep life simple.

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