Basic Rules for Wearing White

Depending on where you live and your age, you may not have even heard there were rules about wearing white clothing. You’ll probably get different answers to questions about rules for wearing white, so keep the age and background of women in mind if you’re curious.


Don’t Wear a White Dress to a Wedding

This is one that most fashionistas seem to agree on. The only woman who should wear a white dress to a wedding is the bride. It’s fine if your ensemble has white in it, but head-to-toe white for anyone but the lady exchanging vows is generally seen as a no-no.




Wear Off-White in Cool Weather

If you just love white and the way it complements your complexion, but you’re still afraid to wear it during the winter, choose off-white, cream, and beige clothing instead. Even die-hard fashion traditionalists usually O.K. winter white.
Avoid White Clothes in City Environments

For anyone who lives in a bustling city and relies mainly on public transportation, wearing white clothes is akin to courting disaster. Between subways, taxis, dirty seats, and puddles, it would be a miracle for a white dress or slacks to make it through the day unscathed. This is one of the main reasons you see so many metropolitan women sticking to black ensembles – not only are they slimming, they don’t show dirt as much.



Wear the Right Shoes

Heavy black pumps paired with lightweight white dresses can be an odd combination. If you wear a white dress in the spring or summer, better options include natural toned or white sandals. If you choose to wear white in fall and winter, brown shoes still look better than black (and for sticklers to the rules, white shoes should be avoided after Labor Day).