The White Blouse for Any Ages: Under a T-Shirt
Quote of the day: “If you wait for things to be perfect you’ll just miss out on life.” Chris Pratt
I think this quote has been a wake up call to all of us at one time or another. Not only is it perfect for life, but also relevant when thinking about our wardrobe. Waiting until our body is perfect to dress it nice is unreasonable! And expecting a perfect outfit time and time again just doesn’t happen (at least in my world)
Thus I wanted to address the poor, little white, button up blouse. I bet each and every one of you has at least one in your closet. And it certainly gets some love in the workplace. But how about in our other areas of life? Or when we aren’t working anymore? Do you ever just pull it out and think, “ahhhh, my favorite blouse?” I bet not!!
So I’m here today to see if we can match this basic white blouse with other pieces in our closets! What do you think?
I’m also lucky enough to be working with another 50+ blogger on this series. Please welcome Amy from Stylin’ Granny Mama! I’ve gotten to know Amy through her blog but also when she won the Norstrom gift card celebrating my blogversary!! The funny thing is we found out she lives in my hometown outside Toledo, Ohio—what a small world!!
I was also lucky enough to have Karen want to join in again on this category! She sent a photo to show her white blouse under her sailor shirt!
Amy’s Outfit: I love how Amy’s showing a bit of a rebel with her t-shirt and boots!! I think this is where that idea of yin and yang come in perfectly. The boots and graphic of the t-shirt show off a little toughness, yet the white blouse is more sophisticated!!
Karen (blogette): Karen said that she never thought to wear a shirt under this tee, but she was surprised that it actually looks more interesting this way! She picked her LL Bean french sailor shirt because it’s heavier weight and and doesn’t show the buttons of the white blouse under it!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: First off, I have to thank my friend, Cathy, for giving me this white blouse! I had one in my possession before she gave me this, but since they tend to get dingy over time, I was excited to be able to switch out my old one for this new one!
This was the day we had to take our kitty to get some teeth extracted—poor Monkey. She ended up losing 8 teeth that day. Talk about making me feel guilty. As a retired dentist, I always feel like my kitties should have good teeth because I actually brush & scale them! But there are so many things that are out of my control (always a hard lesson for me)!
Anyways, in telling that story, that is why I put on a hat, so that I could hide my mess of curls! We had to be at the vet so early to drop our kitty off for the surgery, that I just didn’t have time to try to tame down my mop!
Ever since we styled brooches on our accessories, here, I love adding at least one to my hats!! Since I grabbed my black hat, I wore my black ankle boots to bookend the outfit. Besides I thought the darker footwear blended in well with the darker jeans–which are flares by the way, for any of you looking for a different style of jeans!
So no, I’m not trying to “flash” you! But I wanted to show a trick I learned last year. I always wondered how you keep a smooth look when the blouse under the knit shirt has buttons or detailing. Jennie told me that she layers a camisole between the other 2 layers! I’ve remember that piece of advice since, but I was worried it would be too warm, annoying or many other aspects! Let me put your mind as ease! It’s easy to do and did not feel binding or anything! Did it add extra warmth? Maybe, but since it was starting to snow (see the wet concrete in the photos?), I needed all the extra warmth I could get!
Jeans: Gap (similar here)~~Top: Merona (similar here)~~White Blouse: Brooks Brothers (similar here)~~Boots: Shoe Mint(similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Hat: (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here set of 3!)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I styled Nancy’s white blouse under her polo shirt! I’m not sure if you noticed or not, but all three of us have on a different kind of t-shirt. I wore a long sleeve t-shirt, mom is wearing a graphic t-shirt and Nancy’s is wearing the polo version!
Since both of Nancy’s shirts had collars for this outfit, I made it so that the white collar was out over the polo shirt collar. I know we used to say that we “popped” the collar when we stood it up like this. Does anyone know if that’s still a term?
The bright blue of this polo shirt was a perfect reason to pull out some of Nancy’s turquoise jewelry! The 3 of us even styled an entire post around turquoise jewelry last summer, here! But that’s the nice thing about accessories—they can be worn no matter what month the calendar says!
The rest of Nancy’s outfit came together by grabbing her grey jeans so the blue would stand out brightly! I wanted to leave the white blouse hanging out below the polo shirt because I think it adds a casual air to the outfit. I’m sure it would look just as good if we had tucked in the white blouse too! I chose the beige ankle boots since they blend in nicely!
Jeans: Chicos (similar here)~~Blouse: Chicos (similar here)~~Polo Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger (similar here)~~Boots: Baretraps (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here here is a bundle for a great deal!)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Mom got to wear her newly dyed graphic t-shirt. I shared earlier this year how dying your white items can be an easy way to get more out of them when they get dingy or stained! This t-shirt of mom’s was originally white and she wore it for our Graphic t-shirt post here, here & here. If you want your own graphic tee, you can still get a 10% discount from Melonkiss with the code jtouchofstyle.com!
I know many of us aren’t fans of a crew neck shirt. That being said, I think the white blouse under a crew neck anything, is a great way to make it look better!
Even though there is writing on the graphic t-shirt, I’m still a fan of adding in jewelry (notice the pearls—they don’t have to be only for weddings)! To me, it looks more put together and thought out! Mom even added in a pearl bracelet which is hidden at times, but cute when it peeks out!
I wanted to have mom wear one of her “skinny” pairs of jeans. They aren’t super tight, but I think for an older woman, they look very stylish! Notice that the blue of her shirt and the blue in the print of the jeans aren’t exactly the same. But I’m going to contend that it’s still a great look! And doesn’t mom look even more stylish with her lace up flats on her feet??
Jeans: LOFT (similar here a very subtle print)~~Blouse: Oxford Shirt Co. (similar here)~~T-Shirt: Melonkiss (here)~~Shoes: Sould Out(similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here for the pearls and here for the other)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
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It may seem boring to show you more white blouses, but just in case you need a new one, I found some for under $100. The shoptiques.com shirt is wrinkle free, in case you’re interested!!