Bright Ideas

Perhaps as a sartorial protest against the days growing shorter, lately we’ve been gravitating toward white apparel and accessories with renewed fervor. Whether or not brightening up our wardrobes can ward off any impending seasonal gloom, as the above ensemble from Wilmington’s Beanie + Cecil shows, this fall there seems to be an abundance of chic options for both sparkle-seekers and the neutrally inclined, proving that wearing white after Labor Day is hardly beyond the pale.

With the addition of the slightest detail, white becomes far from bland or boring. Black lace at the shoulder (and back!) of the crisp Cooper and Ella Peyton Blouse, available from Cakewalk Style in Houston, makes it an ideal autumn go-to. And both conservative and adventurous dressers can appreciate Robert Clergerie’s embossed leather lace-up brogues, available from Christel’s in Omaha. Whether you crave a classic fit or a contrast to your typically darker fall pieces, this autumn offers a wide variety of bright options sure to suit your style; here are some of our favorites:

1. Nonoo Criss cross jumper from Coral in Charlotte, NC; 2. Reece Hudson Phoenix handbag from Coral; 3. Cheri Dunnigan woven torque pearl collar necklace from Shannon Green Collection in Naples, FL; 4. Smythe white Reefer coat from Glow in Shrewsbury, NJ; 5. Clingy capri lizard wallet from 49 Square Miles in San Francisco; 6. Loren Hope Sylvia necklace from Monkee’s of Raleigh; 7. Frame Denim forever Karlie mid-rise skinny jeans from Mimi in New Orleans; 8. Temple St. Clair 18K crystal moonface earrings with pave diamonds from Goodie 2 Shoes in Jackson Hole, WY; 9. Common Projects sneakers coming Spring ’15 to Brigade in Cleveland; 10. Frame Denim forever Karlie high-rise flared jeans from Mimi.

Those still hesitant about wearing white after Labor Day—as well as anyone seeking additional inspiration for incorporating the non-color into their wardrobes this season—should watch this video of Birmingham-based Southern Femme style coach Megan LaRussa Chenoweth explaining how to pull off white apparel post-summer, and check out her tips for wearing white jeans year-round.