White After Labor Day: Social Faux Pas or Social Construct?

Early September marks Labor Day and the end of September signifies the official start of autumn, but does that mean you have to send you white pants or ivory blouses to the back of your closet?

According to Fitzpatrick (2009), the “no white after Labor Day” rule was socially constructed by members of society’s upper crust in early twentieth century, as a way to separate themselves. She says, “Along with a slew of commands about salad plates and fish forks, the no-whites dictum provided old-money élites with a bulwark against the upwardly mobile. But such mores were propagated by aspirants too: those savvy enough to learn all the rules increased their odds of earning a ticket into polite society. “It [was] insiders trying to keep other people out,” says Steele, “and outsiders trying to climb in by proving they know the rules.”

Thus, if you ask me, white after Labor Day is certainly acceptable, especially in hotter climates such as Athens, Georgia. Also, the queen of etiquette herself— Emily Post— debunks this myth. In an advice column on the Emily Post website, it states: “It’s more about fabric choice today than color. Even in the dead of winter in northern New England the fashionable wear white wools, cashmeres, jeans, and down-filled parkas. The true interpretation is “wear what’s appropriate—for the weather, the season, or the occasion.” Also, with the rise of reasonless dressing, this notion has even more credibility and relevance.

So, now that you know you are allowed to wear white after Labor Day, how should you do it? Keep reading to find out!

How To Wear White After Labor Day
  1. Stick with the basic, tried-and-true staple in every woman’s closet— the white v-neck tee. Layered under a chunky sweater or worn with dark denim jeans and a lightweight scarf, this tee can be worn 365 days of the year.
  2. For the dead of winter, a white or cream wool peacoat can be a striking statement. Just as Emily Post emphasized, it’s more about fabric than color.
  3. Believe it or not, white jeans can certainly still be worn into autumn and in early spring. Pair them with a blouse, leather jacket and your favorite booties!
  4. Whether it be a fabulous studded clutch, a jacket or a mini skirt, white leather is a great material to utilize the color in the cooler months.
  5. Who doesn’t love a chunky sweater? And what could be better than a warm, cream or white sweater to pair with your favorite skirt and a pair of tights? Nothing.

While these are just a few ideas on how to style your “winter whites,” there are tons of ways to do so and still look fabulous. Forget the antiquated social construct, and keep those whites toward the front of your closet!

Fitzpatrick, L. (2009, September 8). Why We Can’t Wear White After Labor Day. TIME. Retrieved from content.time.com.


Mad for Metallics

With only two days until Christmas, holiday festivities are in full swing. And what screams “festive” louder than metallics? Nothing, of course! Traditionally, people have always worn metallics—primary gold and silver— around the holidays.

Personally, I will be donning a shimmery ensemble for my family’s Christmas Eve festivities tomorrow evening. I plan on pairing LOFT’s Slim Shimmer Tie Waist Pants with a black Layered Ruffle Sleeve Sweater from SHEIN. To add just a bit more shine, the outfit will be complete with a pair of black and white Sam Edelman Mel Platform SandalsMini Madeline Earrings in white and gold from Mignonne Gavigan and a black fur-trimmed clutch that I picked up from Marshall’s in September. Dressing around the holidays is certainly more fun, especially when mixing and matching different metallic hues.

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Mary Kate Donahue, 2017.


Valentino, Spring 2018.

However, the 2017 holiday has poised society to continue donning the shimmery hues into the winter, and perhaps even the spring. 2017 saw it’s fair share of metallic hues from Cara Delevigne’s silver scalp at the Met Gala to Kim Kardashian’s metallic Paco Rabanne frock. Nevertheless, metallics are certainly making the transition into 2018. S. Yotka (2017) of Vogue notes “Disco-worthy sequins might be the season’s most dominant trend. At Valentino, Piccioli closed the show with full-length dresses smothered in silver sequins. Look for them on the red carpet this winter.” Along with metallics on the runway, the trend will emerge more prominently in the beauty industry, too. “Award-winning colorist Jack Howard, of London’s posh Paul Edmonds salon, tells us the future is all about all things metallic — namely, silver and gold. “We’re beginning to see a huge increase in guests asking for metallic-inspired color in the salon,” he says. “I think that it’s partly due to the transition of the trend from glossy finishes to metallic on the catwalk. We’ve also seen the metallic element continued into makeup looks” (Murray 2017).

Additionally, the metallic hue knows no boundaries. As depicted below, sequins and shimmers can be found in a variety of garments— from jumpsuits and sweatshirts to clutches and booties. Whether you are mad for metallics or have been reluctant to try this daring trend, now is certainly the time to do so!


Mary Kate Donahue, 2017.



Murray, G. (2017, December 14). “The 2018 Hair Color Trend We Did Not See Coming.” Refinery29. Retrieved from www.refinery29.com.

Yotka, S. (2017, October 1). “Everything You Need to Know About Valentino’s Rosy, Shimmery Spring 2018 Collection.” Vogue. Retrieved from www.vogue.com.

Patriotic Picks for the Holiday Weekend

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, the looming dilemma of choosing clothing for the holiday weekend quickly arises. Often, it can be difficult to show patriotism, while remaining chic and fashion-forward. From a navy gingham shift to a pair of red tassel earrings, there are plenty of ways to be festive, regardless of your weekend destination. Take a look at some of my favorite  patriotic pieces and silhouettes for the holiday weekend and explore my tips on how to style them.

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  1. Red, White & Blue: Choose Two. To honor America, most people opt to cover themselves in any and all shades of red, white and blue. With the intention of elevating your Independence Day style, try choosing two colors from our nation’s trifecta.
  2. Denim, Denim, Denim. A pair of white skinny jeans, a distressed jean skirt, a pair of dark wash flare jeans—the options are endless. Any wash or shade of denim is sure to give your 4th of July outfit, a laid-back patriotic vibe.
  3. Pop of Color. Summer whites are always in style, and luckily the hue is one of our nation’s colors. Consider an all-white ensemble and use accessories to add a pop of color. Perhaps, try a pair of white flare jeans, a white blouse and blue tassel earrings or a white frock with a red lipstick.
  4. Let Your Flag Fly. While it may usually be best to save the most patriotic symbol for children’s clothing, using the American flag sparingly in accessories can work—with the right styling. Look for understated accessories, such as a scarf or a clutch.
  5. Play with Patterns. If you prefer inspiration from American flag rather than actually wearing it, play with its two dominant patterns—stars and stripes. A navy sweater with a singular white star would shine, it paired with white denim jeans; a red and white striped tote bag would be the added spark to an all-white outfit.

Cheers to 2017

After celebrating the new year over a week ago and continuing the celebrations for my 20th birthday yesterday, I believe it is time to formally welcome to upcoming year! Between relationships with family and friends, health and fitness and academics, I have several hopes, dreams and ambitions for 2017. Personally, I have grown to despise the term resolutions. In its truest sense, a resolution involves a making a firm decision or solving a problem. Therefore, I have come to realize that I must establish realistic, achievable goals instead of looming resolutions to design a successful year. It may sound cliche, but I do truly believe that 2017 has the possibility of being “my year” if I put in the effort required to achieve my goals. What are your aspirations for the new year?

Christmas 2016: Gift Guide

With only ten days until Christmas, it certainly is time to start your holiday shopping, if you have yet to do so! Whether looking for the perfect item for your sorority sister, beloved mother or BFF, I have compiled my staple items to give this season. From clothing and accessories to gifts for the home, it doesn’t have to hard to shop for everyone on your list, at every price point! From sweaters and gloves to stay warm this winter, to the season’s hottest trends like a pair of over-the-knee boots or even a scented diffuser for the home, you can spread holiday cheer in several, unique forms. Happy shopping!

Christmas 2016: Gift Guide

Festive Fashion: Christmas Eve OOTD

What’s better than planning the perfect outfit for a favorite holiday? In my opinion, there are few things that surpass it. Alright, maybe there are more fulfilling things in life, but looking (and feeling) fabulous around the holidays is essential to this trendsetter! As I was doing my holiday shopping for family members and friends, I could not help but pick up a few items for myself and my ensemble this evening incorporated a few of my new favorite pieces. With a simple black turtleneck, olive leather skater skirt and black tights, I paired rust booties and an almond bag and gold jewelry. Check out the links below to find shop this look. Merry Christmas, darlings!



Black Turtleneck // Olive Leather Skirt Olive Leather Skirt // Black Tights // Cognac Booties // Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac // Monogram Necklace // Hermes Bracelet // Michael Kors Watch // Gold Hoop Earrings 


The Trendsetter’s Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again! With Christmas less than one week away, buying those last minute gifts is of the utmost importance. As a college student, I have provided my insight to what every collegiate girl might want to see under the tree this year. From useful pieces like hangers and an Amazon gift card to trendy items such as booties and a watch, the trendsetter’s Holiday Gift Guide is complete with ideas for every adolescent girl on your list. Happy shopping!
The Trendsetter's Holiday Gift Guide


Graduation Gift Guide

With April well on its way, graduation season will soon begin to rear its head. As a senior in high school, I am looking forward to graduation, but I know I need to start hunting for gifts for my dear friends! From a useful tool kit to a cute piece of jewelry, I have included gifts for every budget and every type of recipient headed off to college. And of course, there is nothing wrong with gifting that green piece of paper that everyone loves so much! Happy graduation season, darlings!Graduation Gift Guide

Kate spade purse
$310 – neimanmarcus.com

Pearl necklace

Kendra Scott charm necklace
$85 – neimanmarcus.com

Kate Spade tech accessory

Key chain

Gift Card

Tool Set


The Best of 2014

Page 365 of 365. Weird enough, today is our 365th day this year, and 2014 sure did fly by! In order to properly ring in 2015 this evening, I intend to establish proper closure to 2014 with a list of my best moments. The Oxford English Dictionary defines best as “of the highest excellence; surpassing all others in quality.” Therefore, here are my own personal moments of “highest excellence” and my favorite things that “surpassed all others in quality.” Cheers to the end of 2014 and hello 2015!

The Fashionista’s Best Moments in 2014:

  • 17th Birthday: spent with great family members and even better friends; complete with my favorite meal and several surprises

    ©  Molly Donahue, 2014

    © Molly Donahue, 2014

  • Junior Ring Ceremony: a memorable day, receiving my beautiful high school class ring

    ©  Bridget Donahue, 2014

    © Bridget Donahue, 2014

  • Fourth of July Weekend: family reunion with my mom’s side of the family, spent at the beach; complete with many laughs, a lot of sun, and a crab feast

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Trip to Annecy, France: an amazing week with nine classmates, learning about the history of our high school and taking in the breathtaking scenery

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • First Day of Senior Year: hard to believe I’m a senior, but a great start to a fabulous school year

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Trip to NYC: a marvelous day in the city to attend the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, as President of Think Pink Society at my school

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Getting into College: the first acceptance was the most memorable and exciting, but all four letters have been equally amazing

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Kairos XVII: a remarkable four day retreat, spent with close friends and making even closer ones

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

The Best Moments in Fashion & Culture  in 2014 (according  to the Fashionista):

  • Best Trends in High Fashion:
    • Winter 2014: faux fur

      © Marie Claire

      Chanel                                         © Marie Claire

    • Spring 2014: full midi skirts

      Calvin Klein  © Style Caster

      Calvin Klein
      © Style Caster

    • Summer 2014: pastels

      Burberry © Vogue

      © Vogue

    • Fall 2014: shearling

      Tommy Hilfiger  © Style.cm

      Tommy Hilfiger
      © Style.cm

  • Best Fashion Shows:
    • RTW: Tory Burch Spring 2014 
    • Couture: Christian Dior Fall 2014 
  • Best Red Carpet Look: Sarah Hyland at the 2014 Emmy Awards

    ©  Red Carpet Fashion Awards

    © Red Carpet Fashion Awards

  • Best Beauty Product: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in “La La”

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Hair Product: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Nail Polish: OPI’s “Christmas Gone Plaid”

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Book: Tory Burch In Color by Tory Burch

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Songs:
    • Pop: Blank Space by Taylor Swift
    • Country: Leave the Night On by Sam Hunt
    • Hip Hop: Flawless by Beyonce

      ©  iTunes

      © iTunes

  • Best TV Show: Project Runway (Season 13)

    © International Business Times

    © International Business Times

  • Best Movies:
    • Drama: The Fault in Our Stars
    • Comedy: Neighbors 

      ©  iTunes

      © iTunes

  • Best App: VSCOcam

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

That’s the Fashionista’s two cents. May all you darlings have a fabulous NYE! Cheers to many more “best moments” in 2015! xo