White After Labor Day

White After Labor Day

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Those who enjoy fashion know that most of its seemingly arbitrary ‘rules’ are not relevant to our modern world. I’m sure they applied to the more formal times from which they came, but today’s style is fluid and flexible and any stylist worth her designer shoes will tell you, ‘rules’ are for breaking. However,  the other night I was reminded of one of the big ones, ‘no white after Labor Day’; I saw a women wearing cruise ship attire (white cotton pants, a brightly colored silk blouse) and it occurred to me where this rule must have originated in the first place.

‘No white after labor day’ is really a reminder to dress for the season we’re in. If it’s a brisk 55 degrees with golden leaves covering the ground, it’s not appropriate to wear Summer clothing. However, some items like peep-toe shoes, certain sandals, silk dresses, jean skirts (among others) do transition into this season until it’s, literally, too cold for them. Store your Summer clothing and if you want to get a few final wears out of the transition items I listed above, you probably have a few weeks left; bare legs and open toes don’t look great covered in snow. 😀

White Is The New Grey

White Is The New Grey

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_DSC3974-Edit5 years ago when I started Mile High Style, the color grey was first breaking into the mainstream as the next big thing. Replacing the tired tan and that outdated yellow-y cream, I’ve used some shade of light grey* in nearly every interior project, loving the results. Grey walls look modern and calm and go with every possible accent color- I’ve combined it with yellow and purple, dark blue and orange, brown and white, turquoise and yellow, green and cream, and the list goes on. But we’re getting to the point where it’s time to try something new, and I think that new is WHITE.

Obviously there is a big wide world of white paint colors, so sample (by painting directly to your wall) at least 5 different colors, ideally with different undertones. For my client’s North Boulder condo (pictured), we sampled 5 whites; one infused with a subtle blue, another quite grey, one a stark white, another a softer white. We opted for Moonlight White, but really, with white, you can’t go wrong.

*Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist and Revere Pewter are my two favorites.