Snob Essentials

Top Fall Whites: The Fairest of the Seasons

No white after Labor Day? Oh, please! Rules are made to be broken, and that especially goes for the supposed laws of fashion. Even acclaimed fashion writer Valerie Steele says, “Very rarely is there actually a functional reason for a fashion rule.” Of course there isn’t! It’s all about aesthetics – so if you like white, wear it and do it justice. The reality is white can feel a whole lot fresher when the weather is crisp. A bright white bag will brighten the dreariest of days, not to mention perk up your wool blazers and knit cardigans.

Fendi Peek-a-Boo Regular Python Top Handle: The correct mix of slouch and structure makes this a white bag worthy of cooler temperatures. Half-metal frame and half-hobo, you get the pristine feel of white leather, along with a deep, dark surprise of burgundy snake-stamped calfskin. On Luisa Via Roma for $3,613.

Ragazze Ornamentali Porte Tresor Porte Valeur Shoulder Bag: The sleek and discreet bag line produces a simplistic shoulder bag worthy of every season. Buffalo skin makes for a surprisingly sumptuous texture and their trademark jewel-like chain-link strap makes for endless appeal. On Luisa Via Roma for $1,153.

Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather Bag: Just try staying away from the PS1! It’s a battle you’re sure to lose. We’ve seen the messenger bag in every color under the sun, yet somehow pure white puts a new spin on the modern classic. At Barneys New York for $1,995.

Stella McCartney Falabella Chain-Trim Shoulder Bag: While McCartney has come this-close to exhausting her once-coveted Falabella chain-trimmed satchels, a woven white canvas changes everything. With whipstiching holding the metal links, this cotton bag takes on a deeply organic quality. At Neiman Marcus for $935.

Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone, and keep those white pants out– they look fabulous layered under black and red.



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