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How to Wear White before Memorial Day featuring Snow Capped Nails

When you see a person wearing an entirely white outfit, it’s most likely because: A. They’re a doctor or nurse. B. They’re getting married or C. They work at the Cheesecake Factory. While it’s been a bit of a fashion faux pas to wear White before Memorial Day in the past, that’s an outdated fashion rule. And wearing all white is not only unexpected, it’s a refreshingly crisp style surprise.

There are so many outdoor events during spring and summer such as birthdays, baby showers, fashion shows, or any garden party. Below, I added some spring 2012 style twists and dressed up my sister in a simple ALL WHITE outfit adding bursts of color, snow capped nails and neutral details that could easily be emulated for any sunny soiree…

On the Fence ~ There is nothing more annoying than trying to decide between a couple outfits for an event. One tip is to remember to to have a “Little White Dress” just like you’d have a “Little Black Dress.” Or a white blazer, pants suit or skirt works as well.

Evaluate Your (Fashion) Risk ~ The age old rule of “Don’t Wear White After Labor Day or Before Memorial Day” began in the 1940’s, and while there’s still mixed thoughts on this fashion rule, I think it’s perfectly okay to wear as much white as you want. What do you think?

Stilettos & Dirt Don’t Mix ~ Skip heels at any outdoor event that may result in you sinking into the earth. Wedges and flats are far more practical and just as trendy. These retro baby blue & white wedges are extremely comfortable with a padded leather sole, my sister agreed. Wedges courtesy of Born Shoes (Same here on OnlineShoes.com)
What is “Fashionably Late”? ~ For weddings, church services, business meetings or theater performances, there’s no such thing, so please be on time. But for cocktail and holiday parties, most etiquette guides concur that there is a 30 minute window for you to arrive ‘fashionably late.’ I’m sure this could be extended to 60 minutes in LA though.

Bleach it Baby! ~ There’s nothing worse than dull white clothing. Try brightening with a bit of bleach in the washer. This top & shorts my sister is wearing are a couple years old, but look just as white as the day they were charged thanks to a splash of Clorox.

Spring Twists
{Style Additions}
1. Pony Tricks: If you throw your hair in a ponytail fast for an event, I always wrap a strand of hair around the pony tail holder. Secure it with a bobby & give a basic pony more of a high-fashion look.

2. Floral “Pin It:” ~If you’re bored of a simple top, blazer or dress, simply add a faux flower like I did with this coral one ($3.95 at H&M). It adds an instant burst of one of this season’s hottest trends; FLORAL. 
3. Snow White Mani/Pedi: ~If you haven’t tried white nail polish before, it’s an unexpected change. White watches are a fun LMFAO style inspiration.


Shorts –NewYork&Co., Top~ Anne Taylor, Wedges~ Women’s Born Shoes ,  Handbag ~ Dimoni, Necklace & Bardot Spiral Bracelet ~ Stella & Dot here & here, Watch~ randomFlower pin & rings~ H&M, Nail polish~ Hands (Sinful Colors ‘Snow Me White’) Toes ~ (China Glaze ‘Innocence’)

Do you try to follow the ‘No White before Memorial Day’ rule or do you wear as much white as you want? 🙂 Of course it helps when the weather is warm where you live. Also, guys can definitely pull off white pants (more on that coming soon)

Thanks to my sister, Jody, for helping me with this post and I hope you had a great weekend,

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  1. Kelly { MessyDirtyHair } says:

    My white rule is usually no white until after Easter. But I’m not really one to wear all white. Love the outfit tho & all the details. Just adorable!

  2. Johanna says:

    I wear white whenever I feel like it – which isn’t often, I love color too much 🙂 But in Finland, there’s no “rule” like the one mentioned, so no one pays attention if you wear all-white look 🙂 The featured outfit & details are fabulous. 🙂 xoxo ♥

  3. Mary Kapsi says:

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  4. I don’t wear white often, but I feel like waiting until after Memorial Day is quite late…I’d say the person who posted above, Kelly, was on target with not wearing it until after Easter. To me, that’s when spring is really kicking into full-gear and I think white is perfect for spring!

  5. the creation of beauty is art. says:

    I don’t tend to follow the rule about when to wear white! I think an all-white outfit can look really amazing!

  6. Julie D. says:

    I agree– the “no white after labor day” rule is SO outdated. White (& all white) can look good any time of the year as long as it’s done right. As it is in your post– great outfit.

    <3 Hudson East

  7. Jenna Hughes says:

    so pretty! love you hair. i totally don’t listen to that rule


  8. Kaitlin says:

    i love the flirty flower touch. adds the perfect amount of color

    xo kaitlin

  9. sonia de macedo says:

    Great tips, I am definitely going to keep the wedge heel in mind for the next outdoor party/event I attend, I’m always wearing inappropriate shoes that have me sinking and wobbling around LOL!

    Much love,

  10. Lisa - respect the shoes says:

    Your outfit details are gorgeous – from the shoes to the purse to the brooch. Love it!

  11. Vonae Deyshawn says:

    I always love the chance to wear all white. It’s so fun, crisp, and clean. Those shoes are gorgeous!

    Vonae Deyshawn

  12. Oh lord, I love all white and I wear it in winter! LOL! That whole rules thing goes out the window with me. I think white is so gorgeous and soft and can be edged up with wearing black with it, or it can be softened by wearing pastels with it in Summer time. What I love is there are endless ways you can wear all white, which makes it so much fun! Have a great night dear! xx


  13. I actually just wear white all year round – it’s the new millennium after all! But I did bust out laughing when you said “If you work at Cheesecake Factory.”

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  15. Jessica says:

    Well I was even wearing white in January. I say if you rock it, wear it! Very cute outfit my dear!

  16. Nieszka says:

    I love your shoes and the pretty accessories 🙂 So lovely!


  17. pinkmate says:

    I agree with you! I think white is perfect for Summer!



  18. ChicAdvisor says:

    wow this outfit looks so pretty on you. It’s simple but very chic.


  19. hi beauty! thanks so much for the comment <33
    i love this all white outfit and the pretty details you paied attention too 🙂



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  21. I like this outfit! gracias por el comentario. un beso!

  22. Valentina says:
  23. The doll on fashion says:

    Love your nude handbag – it’s gorgeous.

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  24. You look gorgeous. I love this look 🙂

    Glamorous Life

    Xox Soph

  25. lisa signorini says:

    you look so lovely and chic! Love your style!
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  26. Love this outfit 🙂

    With love,Mia

  27. Trendydolap says:
  28. the accessories make the outfit on this one. 😀

  29. Fashion By Alicia says:

    Great tips! I totally agree with you that white can be wore before Memorial Day.

  30. TheUrbanUmbrella says:

    Such a cute outfit, lovvvee the little spring accessories you’ve added in too <3

    The Urban Umbrella


  31. hello, Friday says:

    I immediately associate wearing white to summer! Cute outfit!! xoxo

  32. Fashion R&D says:

    I wear as much white as I can lol! I love your white look and love the shoes and bag!

  33. I totally agree – white is a fashion “do” before Memorial Day! I loved seeing all the white this past winter season…so I think it’s a natural color all year long (just like camel or black). Love your tips Dale…fabulous as always!
    XO – Marion

  34. House of Hemingway says:

    New fashion has no rules! 😀 I’m so glad I came across your blog, I’m a San Francisco lover! 😀

    I hope you drop by my blog and follow me. I am about to add yours to my repertoire!


  35. i don’t follow “no white before memorial day” either. i love white outfits..they are just so clean and fresh. i love how you accessorized your white outfit.

  36. Hi Beauty:)! great post!
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  37. Giovanna says:

    Cute look! Loving your top and sandals!


  38. Wil Harris says:

    We agree! Not wearing white after Labor day rule is a rule to be broken. Fashion is all about taking risk and wearing what you want. Seeing a guy wear white crisp pants is totally sexy 🙂

  39. I am still trying to embrace the color white. Everyone always looks great in it and inspires me, and then I put it on and think I look like a marshmallow. I like how you added that bright flower. LOOKS great!! Rules are meant to be broken!! Wear that white before and after labor day!

    • No, I’m sure you don’t look like a marshmallow 🙂 But I know what you mean, if you’re easing into it, try a black and white combo first with some neon accessories and ease into wearing the all white. Just make sure it’s fitted if you’re worried about it looking too bulky 🙂

  40. GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle says:

    I think that if you got a body to wear white, then there’s no rules. Great outfit. That flower is a nice touch!

  41. What wonderful ideas on taking the edge off the total white look. Great ideas and I love your wedges!


  42. i don’t really follow that rule. i think if we feel like wearing all white, then we should go for it. 😉 i love this look, by the way! i am gonna have to borrow this one of these days. 😉

    <3, Mimi
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  43. Valentina Coco says:
  44. I agree with Mimi; I don’t follow the rulez, actually I want to break fashion rulez. Overall, I wear what feels good and makes me confidence, because is fashion is all about; wearing garments that makes you feel good. Nothinh looks better than a confident person walking down the street. 🙂

    Have a great one 🙂

    xo, Heidi

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  45. Love your all white outfit 🙂 I say wear what makes you happy 🙂

  46. Fixer Sis. says:

    Thank you so much! Following you back 🙂
    Love your outfit, you look amazing by the way!


  47. perfect outfit,you look so stunning and gorgeous dear :DX

  48. Estilo Hedónico says:




  49. you look amazing! love this clean + refreshing look!


  50. Jelisaveta Đukanović says:
  51. Biser Sable says:

    Nice look!<3


  52. Anne-Claire Poupon says:

    Amazing look!!

    Take care 🙂

  53. Victoria says:

    I love your bag! 🙂

    – Victoria

  54. GlamorousGirl says:
  55. Very glam and oh so chic. Love it.

    <3 Marina

  56. Fashion Lookbook says:

    This top is so adorable.

  57. April Cheung says:

    love your wedges!


  58. Fifth N Sixth Closet says:

    I like how you styled the outfit I esp like how you added the floral brooch and your purse and shoes are lovely!

  59. Very cute top & love those blue wedges!
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  60. Style-Delights says:

    Love the flower and the nails! Simple and beautiful look! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    Style-Delights Blog

  61. lucia m says:
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  63. viewrama says:

    AMAZING. You are stunning and this outfit is so gorgeous.

  64. I definitely don’t have a problem with wearing all white even though I’ve yet to do that! I do love incorporating white with my ensembles. White is just so clean and fresh. It’s perfect for spring and summer especially here in LA lol. 😀

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  65. Mesmerize says:

    wonderful outfit! I love white color:) so great jewellery to:)
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  66. Lovely outifit, adore your bag,


  67. BobbieAustin27 says:

    cute sandals!
    and your bag is awesome
    safe to say you just have super cool accessories


  68. Fashionistable says:

    I have never heard of the no white before Memorial day rule. But the I am not American nor do I live in your fine country. We do not have a similar rule here in the UK or at least not one I know of. Your sister looks lovely. you have styled her beautifully. Love the shoes too. Xxxx

  69. I am really loving this outfit. Not only does the white look super crisp and clean for summertime, but the shoes are adorable.

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  70. Cute shoes!!

    Diary of a Short Girl

  71. Wauw love your shoes!



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