While we firmly believe that the rule of wearing white solely between Memorial Day & Labor Day is one that is meant to be broken, we also encourage embracing everything and anything white now — especially as summer begins to dwindle away.
From the chicest of button-ups to sleek footwear, these are pieces that are total keepers, wearable whenever and wherever you choose. Prepare to eschew staid dressing rules and transition into fall and (gulp) winter effortlessly with any of these key styles. Our only advice is to keep some Shout wipes handy so your whites remain pristine.
Crisp, white trousers are as much a must-have in our closet as basic denim. This pair by Michael Kors has a hint of stretch and will look stellar when worn with a breezy tank or chunky knit. $595. 101 Prince Street (Mercer/Greene Streets); 212-965-0401; michaelkors.com
A white bag may seem like a treacherous item to carry when spills and city grime loom on every corner, but Alaïa’s Vienna laser cut tote makes taking extra precaution completely worth it. You’ll carry this beauty from day to night, and from summer to winter. $2,980. 660 Madison Avenue (61st/62nd Streets); 212-826-8900; barneys.com
Fresh off Miu Miu’s fall runway, this quilted shell mini-skirt is a deliciously feminine piece. The back is cut longer than the front, and the curved hem promises a flattering and easy fit. $760. 100 Prince Street (Greene/Mercer Streets); 212-334-5156; miumiu.com
While NYC may not boast sandal apropos weather year round, we’re confident that you’ll be able to sport these Alexander Wang slingbacks well through fall. The matte leather straps promise extra durability. $495. 103 Grand Street (Greene/Mercer Streets); 212-977-9683; alexanderwang.com
Valentino’s cotton poplin and silk organza top is a thing of design wonder. We adore the sheer panels along the shoulders and oversized fit. $1,690. 821 Madison Avenue (68th/69th Streets); 212-772-6969; valentino.com
The Jackie clutch by Gucci was named after the legendarily stylish Jackie Kennedy Onassis for a reason. It is timeless and fashionable to the core. The bag boasts silver hardware and three handy interior compartments. $2,350. 725 Fifth Avenue (56th/57th Streets); 212-826-2600; gucci.com
Irish designer Simone Rocha has enthralled fashionistas on both sides of the Atlantic with her whimsical styles and witty details. Her ruffled cotton shirt is no exception, and will add a dose of charm when worn with jeans or black trousers. $520. 160 Lexington Avenue (30th/31st Streets); 646-837-7750; newyork.doverstreetmarket.com
Maison Martin Margiela’s stretch poplin shirtdress is a foolproof way to do transitional dressing. While the temps are still skirting the 80-degree mark, wear this piece bare-legged; come chillier weather, we recommend donning this dress with some cozy tights. $790. 363 Bleecker Street (West 10th/Charles Streets); 646-664-1655; maisonmartinmargiela.com
There is no end to the ways one can wear Saint Laurent’s silk crepe de chine shirt. The label’s creative director, Hedi Slimane, makes the piece unique with its sharp collar and trim, buttoned cuffs. $950. 80 Greene Street (Broome/Spring Streets); 212-431-3240; www.ysl.com
Menswear-inspired, and wholly on trend this season, the cuffed wide leg pant by 3.1 Phillip Lim is made from smooth cotton. The style features pleated legs and a wide waistband, ideal for tucking in a basic tee or slim, silk tank. $395. 465 Greenwich Street (Desbrosses/Watts Streets); 646-553-3303; lagarconne.com