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WHAT YOU SHOULD BE WEARING AFTER LABOR DAY

WHAT YOU SHOULD BE WEARING AFTER LABOR DAY

I know what they say, and to be quite frank, I don't care.  I'm a sucker for an all-white outfit., something about it is just so sophisticated.  Even though I know this and everyone else should know this, it just doesn't seem to be apparent in today's fashion world.  Which is why, I'm calling all of you fashion rule-breakers to refrain from storing your white jeans, white blouses, white dresses etc., and instead, hang them up in the front of your wardrobe for not only all to see, but to be worn with dignity. 


CRISP WHITE JEANS

(THAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE DISTRESSED)

Admit it.  When you find a rockin' pair of white jeans — you know, when they aren't see-through, aren't too tight and fit better than Cinderella's glass slipper ever did — it's the best feeling.  White jeans after labor day are the most frowned upon, even more-so than wearing a white sundress at a mid-summer wedding.  There's just something so scandalous.  But, if you put together an outfit that makes sense, it will be less obvious that you're breaking fashion norms and more-so seen as you're a fashion goddess. 

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED:
1) A PAIR OF WHITE SKINNY JEANS:
classic and clean, distressed or frayed at the hem

2) A WHITE STRUCTURED BLOUSE:
short sleeve or long sleeve, if it's on the boxy side, you're good to go

3) BOOTIES:
grey, tan or beige, if you have a pair of booties in a complimenting color, brownie points for you

HERE'S HOW TO WEAR IT:
throw on that blouse, cuff your jeans (if they're not already ankle length) and slip on your booties.  to accessorize, put in some pearl earrings and you're a solid 10/10.  go knock 'em dead, you fashion goddess you.
 

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A WHITE DRESS

(THAT'S DEFINITELY MAXI OR MIDI & DEFINITELY NOT LACE)

A white sundress is the epitome of summer.  Which is why, wearing a white, mini, lace dress after labor day could cause some fashion conflict.  A white midi or maxi dress though, can be the perfect transitioning fall to winter piece.  Instead of purchasing a white dress that is plain, made out of a scratchy polyester material and is embroidered with florals, be on the hunt for one that is unique; maybe has a bit of distressing or is multilayered and off-the-shoulder.   

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED:
1) AN ECCENTRIC WHITE MIDI/MAXI DRESS
think Carrie Bradshaw meets Olivia Palermo.  a good mix between city-girl and parisian

2) A FAUX LEATHER JACKET THAT HAS A 10/10 FIT
structured but not too structured, more street than moto

3) A PAIR OF D.I.Y. OR SPLURGED RIBBON BALLET FLATS
maybe you can afford a pair of Miu Miu's, but I can't.  so try the D.I.Y. that I did here

HERE'S HOW TO WEAR IT:
slip on that dress (maybe put a slip on underneath so you won't flash the world), put on that faux leather jacket and lace up those ribbons; this is the ultimate fall ensemble. 

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 a white fur vest

(FAUX, OF COURSE.  NOT TOO WILDLIFE, PERHAPS A MAXI-LENGTH)

While the weather is still in the upper-80s and 90s, it will soon start to get cold — it is September, for Pete's sake.  I've always loved a sophisticated faux fur vest.  No, not the kind that look like you have just gotten back from a hunting sesh. in the wilderness, but the kind that is made out of soft-looking material and isn't too chunky, which is why, a faux fur vest that is longer in length is ideal.  Not only can it be the center-of-attention piece in your outfit's, but it can also be used to layer, especially when winter is only a mere 3-months away. 

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED:
1) A FAUX FUR VEST
white, soft, long and you're good for all of fall and winter (too soon to be mentioning winter?  meh)

2) BLACK SKINNY JEANS
black, skinny and a fit like none-other

3) A BLACK TEE-SHIRT
fair-trade cotton, v-neck and tight but loose so it can be worn tucked and untucked

4) A FELT/FAUX WOOL HAT
so trendy, so chic, probably in the color black

5) WHITE SNEAKERS
crisp white, some sort of platform, not your average Converse

HERE'S HOW TO WEAR IT:
put on all of the pieces, as mentioned above.  stick to wavy hair and toss on the hat to keep your head insulated, lace up those sneakers and the look is so New York Fashion Week street style.  the faux fur vest adds the perfect amount of chic without seeming like you tried too hard, way to go!

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IT'S TIME TO BE A FASHION RULE-BREAKER.  WHICH WHITE LOOK WILL YOU BE TRYING?  LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW AND DON'T FORGET TO SHOW ME YOUR LOOK ON INSTAGRAM, @BRUNETTEWITHABUDGET

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