When it comes to old adages, "you can't wear white after Labor Day" is certainly a popular one. And while we’ve all likely heard this at some point in our lives, that doesn’t mean we have to abide by it. In fact, we don’t agree with it at all—any rules that try to box us in as far as fashion goes are just not rules that we’re into. We should all feel free to rock whatever shade, prints, and styles we want when we want. If you feel good, you’ll look good, so if white is your thing, we encourage you to wear it year-round.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, summer does happen to be a great time to rock white and off-white clothes. It’s a perfect shade to wear when the sun’s out in full swing, and it’s easy to complete a summer look with a white top or bottom. White pairs perfectly with other summer favorites, like bright ditsy floral prints, bold tropical patterns, and vibrant shades. Plus, white clothing is very much on-trend at the moment, whether you’re going for a more minimal seasonal capsule wardrobe or you’re looking for a versatile shade to pair with your loudest prints and patterns.
Below are some of our favorite white clothing items you’ll want in your rotation for a stylish summer!
If you’ve been looking around recently, you’ve likely noticed that cropped (aka capri or ankle) pants are very much in. And that’s great news for the summer season since cropped pants are a great way to wear pants in the warmer months without having to sacrifice comfort. That’s why white capri pants are a must-have for the season. Go for a white pair of stretchy yet form-fitting high-rise skinny legging crop jeans or a pair of oh-so-stylish and breathable high-rise wide-leg crinkle knit crop pants. Wear these on-trend and super summery bottoms with an equally trendy boxy crewneck tee or a breeze linen button-down shirt that you can either wear open over a tank or closed with a stylish French tuck. Complete this look with on-trend platform sneakers, some cute wedges, or your favorite strappy sandals.
Breezy white tunic tops are a must-have for summer. Tunic tops make for ideal summer blouses since they’re both stylish and practical for warm-weather wear. There are also a ton of different styles of tunic tops to choose from, so you can pick the cut and look that you feel most comfortable in.
We personally love a white linen a-line long-sleeve tunic top that you can wear with breathable print leggings or a white split-neck tunic top that’ll look great with straight-leg capri pants in whatever pattern or color you choose. It doesn’t get much more versatile than a white tunic top, so you can really play around with this look!
Everyone needs a few women's Oxford shirts in rotation. Oxford shirts, especially classic white Oxford shirts, are timeless, universally flattering, versatile for dressing up or keeping casual, and very much on-trend at the moment (or forever, possibly, which we love!).
A white Oxford shirt is perfect for summer, although you can absolutely get year-round use out of this staple, depending on how you style it. In the warmer months, rock it with some denim shorts or with lightweight straight-leg cropped pants. Wear it button-up tucked into your shorts or pants, or go with a stylish French tuck. Or wear it as an outer layer over a tank or fitted tee. Pair with a cute but understated pair of gold earrings, like small gold hoops, and a boho-chic headband. Ah, we can just picture you driving down the Pacific Coast Highway in a cherry red convertible now!
When it comes to summer essentials, breezy cotton dresses definitely make the cut. And while it might seem like a big commitment to rock an all-white dress if you’re prone to spills or stains, trust us when we say that it’s absolutely worth the risk. With a travel-side stain remover pen on hand, a white cotton sundress will quickly become your new go-to for summer date nights or layered over a swimsuit during weekends at the shore. Throwing on a lightweight cotton dress is also truly just unbeatable on those extra hot summer days!
Opt for a stylish and trendy sleeveless cotton poplin smocked dress that you can dress up with some wedges or dress down with some casual-cute print sneakers. Then, accessorize to your heart’s desire! A white cotton dress is truly a blank canvas, so it’s a perfect way to bust out your boldest statement necklace or your most intricate earrings. Bring along a women's cardigan if you’re worried about the temperature dropping in the evening and voila! You’ve got an effortlessly chic summer look that you'll want to wear on repeat.
With these white clothing items in your seasonal rotation, you’ll be set to have your most stylish summer yet—and we promise you’ll still find ways to style and rock these items long after Labor Day!