To wear or not to wear?


In light of the spirit of my last post, I feel a little bit embarrassed even asking this question, but… is it too early to wear white pants?

I know, I know – who makes the rules? I shouldn’t care. I should ignore the culture, buck the trends, and do what I want, accepting myself exactly the way that I am. But this is more a question of appropriateness. Via today’s Google search, I have heard conflicting messages: white pants between Easter and Labor Day, or white pants between Memorial Day and Labor Day? We are currently in the no-man’s-land between Easter and Memorial Day; thus, I find myself in a dilemma this morning.

Because I DO own the most fantastic pair of white pants the good Lord (and Anthropologie) ever made – the kind of pants that made people stop and comment in the dressing room. I spent a pretty penny last spring, and need to get my money’s worth out of them every single year until I die. They are among the best things I own, along with my black boots and new dress and red coat: signature ANNIE items.

In the midst of my giving the culture the proverbial “bird,” I feel it necessary to clarify that I still think it’s okay to feel pretty every now and then. I can’t help it. I love beautiful clothes. I love to curl my hair. I love getting dressed up and wearing makeup and being put together. It’s fabulous to be a woman.

And Lord have mercy, my white pants are screaming my name today. I give in, fashion faux pas or not.


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  1. Laura on May 6, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    Annie, you are too cute. At least you’re brave enough to wear white pants. I can’t get myself to buy them because inevitably a blob of ketchup would land front and center of the thigh.

  2. MJ on May 6, 2007 at 1:49 PM

    do it.

  3. Sarah Kate on May 7, 2007 at 8:54 AM

    As a true Southern woman, I know the rules. Regardless of the weather, you may wear white after EASTER but not after Labor Day. This includes pants, skirts, shorts (ewwwww, white shorts) and shoes. Easter is also the appropriate time to bring out the other spring clothes such as sandals, light pink and flowers. I usually fudge it a little on the after Labor day thing (not with white, that’s a definite no-no but with other “summer” clothes) because during the first weekend in September it’s still UNGODLY hot here in Tennessee until the end of October and I’m going to wear whatever it is that I damn well please thankyouverymuch. I don’t make the rules just feel the overwhelming compulsion to follow them.

  4. My name is Annie. on May 7, 2007 at 9:48 AM

    I KNEW that Nashville Sarah would have the low-down for me! Thank you for being the definitive word! :)

  5. Mary on May 7, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    I say rock them whenever you feel like it. You can pair a white pant with some patterned flats and a dark/black sweater or something, even into the winter months. very chic, an I’m-not-even-trying-and-I’m-still-fabulous style option. I’m sure you’ve heard of winter white. I do not ascribe to fashion rules….well, not ALL fashion rules. :)

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