The secret to wearing white after Labor Day

Should you, or shouldn't you?

It has been pondered as long as the fashion-forward could possibly remember - is it a faux pas to wear white after Labor Day? The trend-driving eye sees this as a question of perspective. The answer is determined by the final look.

Who really declares whether or not something is trend-right or a fashion disaster? Anna Wintour? (Well, yes). But keep in mind - fashion royalty and the masterminds behind the seasonal runways (that we drool over) map out the trends, then we have the freedom to interpret them.

Fusion…Or Confusion

A white and pastel green ensemble in mid-November does not speak to fall. You don't want to blend white with July must-haves. They key to wearing white outside of the obvious months is mixing it with calendar-right colors. If you step out in white warmed by fall-perfect hues, you are a style-setter. There's nothing summery about a fusion of flaming-lip-red with stark white. Think gold, red, bronze, plum - fiery hues that bring a stunning contrast to the naked shade. Nasty Gal's white chiffon blouse is an office-right piece that moonlights as a night-out top. Try pairing this year-round button-up with a red pleated skirt and nude pumps to transition into the season with ease. With your hair up, you'll showcase the need-now polka-dots.

On Top

As the sun starts to set earlier and earlier, a gradual influx of bad moods, extra stress and frustration seems to saturate our landscape - say goodbye to carefree summer. However, even if the people around you are feeling the blues, it's okay to get excited about your incoming layering opportunities. Every day you have the chance to polish your looks with a signature touch and white is just right. As animal print makes it mark on fall fashion, white emerges as an ideal mate to lend an unexpected contrast. ModCloth's take on the coveted moto jacket is totally rad - and even better, is designed with vegan leather.

Snow White

Once the cold front hits, 'tis the season to bring out the white fur (or faux-fur if you're going vegan this season!). A white sweater, coat, vest or even a Sherpa-lined collar lend that snow-angel appeal to your cold-weather looks. A bright contrast to the dark season, winter white is a classic and timeless touch. Alice + Olivia have it right with their Lexie Fuzzy Stripe Poncho. They style it with edge-driven metallic pants to master a winter-ready look with a rocker feel.

White Now

As your own personal stylist, you determine the answer to the ancient question. With trend-inspired thought driving the creation of your white-based looks, go ahead. Wear white, white now (and all year long).