The Iconic White Blouse Layered Under a T-Shirt

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The white blouse for older Women.

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!

The white blouse for older Women.

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)!

The white blouse for older Women.

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!

The white blouse for older Women.

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!

The white blouse for older Women.

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!

The white blouse for older Women.

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 white blouse for older Women.

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 white blouse for older Women.

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!

The white blouse for older Women.

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!

The white blouse for older Women.

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!

The white blouse for older Women.

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!

The white blouse for older Women.

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??

The white blouse for older Women.

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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  • Layering a camisole between a shirt and sweater is a great tip! I don’t wear my white shirt very often because I’m afraid of getting it dirty! Wearing it under a sweater would reduce that risk (well, apart from possible makeup marks). Me and white just don’t get along! I hope your cat is feeling better after the trip to the vet.

    Emma xxx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I was surprised that this tip of the cami really worked Emma!
      And I know what you mean about getting your white dirty—but my mom always says that all white is easier to clean with the bleach because you don’t have other colors to worry about!!

  • A good white shirt is so essential. As you have all shown here how versatile they are. Styling yours with my favorite style boot cut jeans Jodie. I hope poor kitty is recovering x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laurie!!
      Monkey seems to be doing fine, although one of her sutures came out too early. I hope it heals by itself and no other surgery is needed!!!

  • You all look so casual chic and comfortable in this post. I have always been a big fan of the white shirt but this season even more so than normal. My favorite way to wear it is just by itself! I love the crisp white look. I also love to wear it with cardigans. Great post! Peace! Cheryl Tucker

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ve gotten out of the habit of wearing my white shirt by itself. Which is silly—it does hold it’s own, which is why it’s such a classic piece!!
      Thanks for the love & support, Cherly!!

  • You know I love a layer Jodie….especially a “secret” one that has a function as well as adding warmth….Genius lady!!!
    (I am going to be stealing that idea).
    Unfortunately white shirts don’t really suit me…. to stark near my face (and they also remind me of the lab coat I wear to work!!:oO)
    Luckily, this idea works with any colour blouse/shirt.
    Great looks Jodie and your photos are looking great too.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Steal away, Samantha!! It is a smart idea—I can’t believe it took me a whole year to put it to practice—and it works so well!!
      I know what you mean about the lab coat—there are still some white blazers that give me the heebie geebies and I haven’t worn a lab coat in over 20 years!! We are funny, aren’t we??
      Thanks for the love!!

  • What a cool style with those layers 🙂

    – Lily Kanaya

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lily!

  • I think a white buttondown under a sweater is a nice way to mix things up and add a little extra warmth. And your poor kitty! I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to brush a cat’s teeth! We tried once with our dog and never again!
    Chic on the Cheap

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lydia!
      At least for my kitties—they may make a little stink when we’re doing it (and it usually takes two of us), but they know they get treats afterwards! I figure it can’t be all that bad, because they don’t run off when we put them down. Besides, I think they are used to it.

  • Rina Doria

    I swear you have been reading my mind lately because I’ve been thinking of this trend for the longest time! I’ve been trying to think of ways to style a white button up shirt and have even tried wearing one backwards, off shoulder for a different look!

    Rina Samantha

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Now that’s the coolest idea Rina!!
      Isn’t it so fun to be creative with the pieces we already have?

  • Love you ladies in layers, especially your look, Jodie! The striped sweater, the flared jeans, the wide-brim hat with that unique brooch – love it! And what a great tip about the camisole! I will definitely give that a try. I’ve always loved layering a white blouse either under a tee or a sweater. It just adds that extra special something to a look. Great post!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Mary!!
      It is amazing how a white collared shirt can make an outfit look so much better (IMO)!

  • Love the layering- and this reminds me, I need a new white blouse!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Right, Ashley? I think they are one of those pieces that need to be updated occasionally if only for the stains that happen. But I also love the interesting sleeves I’ve been seeing lately on some of the new ones—however, that’d make them hard to layer, I suppose!!???
      Thanks for your thoughts!!

  • I hate to say it, but I don’t actually have a white blouse in my closet. I wish I could find a good one, as I really love the way it looks on all of you! You all did great layering! I’m so sorry to hear about your kitty, too. I hope she’s feeling better.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is frustrating when you can’t find an item to fit well, right, Lindsey??
      It’s always amazing to me that different brands can fit so differently!!
      My kitty is quite the trooper, and seems to be doing well. There’s one area where the suture came out before it should have, so now we are hoping it heals together on it’s own. If she has to have another surgery, my husband will be a wreck!

  • A white blouse is one of my favorite items of clothing, and I love how you layered one under tshirts. I had totally forgotten about Jennie’s camisole trick, but it’s such a good one! Yep, the young men in my life still say “pop the collar”! Hope your kitty is feeling better!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lana–my kitty is healing, although one suture came out early, so we are hoping it heals okay without another surgery—ugh!
      I usually think of my knit shirts as casual, so the white blouse underneath is a fun way to add some flair—I just need to remember to do it more often…ha ha!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    This California girl needs to just wear one layer 8 months out of the year. Early March and it was 75 today! Love all the types of WB blouses these days. When I do professional presenting, I default to wearing one 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      No fair rubbing it in about the fabulous weather, Terri!! 🙂
      Although I will admit that I’m in Phoenix for another day where it is 90 degrees and I would never consider wearing these kind of layers!!
      They do look so professional though—I wonder why??

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    Button up shirts frustrate me and I donated most of them and the rest I wear tied at my waist over a tank only… I really like all these looks .

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I did give most of my button ups away many years ago because I hated the gapitis!!
      It’s only lately that I’ve started getting a couple!! And I do love tying them at my waist—it remind me of how I used to wear them a long time ago!!
      Thanks Tracey for the love!!

  • I love wearing my white tops with just about everything. Layered over & under everything!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re so right Michelle!! It’s just I have to remember to pull them out and wear them!!

  • Love that you styled this top! You all look fab.

    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Brooke!!

  • Carina Vardie

    I haven’t styled it like this, but it looks lovely and you ladies are all beautiful!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Carina!!

  • The blouses look very fresh and contemporary! Good transitional look as we move into spring. I’ve just bought a white blouse (I’m wearing it in latest post). It’s possibly a bit frilly to layer – what do you think?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ll have to check it out Gail—once I’m back at home (we’re on vacation right now—yippee!!)
      As much as I try to work on the laptop, the fun activities of vacation get in the way too much—and that’s a good thing, right??

  • Judy Gramith

    You are looking particularly svelte in that first shot Jodie!!! I love the colors and unique stripe of your top and the flared jeans and hat are really flattering.
    Nancy and Charlotte are wearing a look that I recall being very popular in the 80’s and this trend toward vintage also serves nicely as the weather warms up.
    I really love Charlotte’s pants. They have an animal print vibe. Just not sure what animal… Owl feathers maybe!!!
    I’m noticing something different about Nancy in these last few posts. New makeup? A couple of dropped pounds?
    In love? Anyway she is looking quite lovely in some new way…
    Karen and Amy add some additional fun to this post. I love the stripe top that Karen chose to wear over her blouse.
    I’m looking forward to the rest of this series

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jude!!
      Owl feathers? That’s quite an idea—if I tell mom that, maybe she’ll want to wear these jeans more!!!
      As for Nancy—what a wonderful observation although I don’t know what is different?? Maybe she’ll give you the inside scoop!!!

  • This post sent me to the closet to try out the look. I tend to forget white shirts with a collar and it is such a polished look. I like the long sleeve top look better for myself, especially with the shirt cuffs turned back and the sleeves pushed up a bit.

    Is it because of my age and short height, but shirttails hanging out always remind me of a slip showing under a dress? I long for that style to pass. Nancy on the other hand pulled it off with flair.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m the same way, Jean. I forget about these basic pieces…which is totally why I’m trying to incorporate it into our outfits this week!! They can add such a nice upgrade to another shirt, I think!!
      I know what you mean about the shirt tail hanging out—I did think it was sloppy at first. So it makes me laugh to think that I like it now? I wished I’d shown it both ways for Nancy’s look—however, I never seem to think of that until I’m looking at the photos at home!!
      Thanks for giving your voice to this!! I love hearing what other’s are thinking!!

  • As always, there are elements in each of your outfits that I particularly adore. Yours, those flared jeans and the wide brim hat are SO Charlie’s Angels. Nancy, the crispness of her shirt with that turned-up collar is so chic. And Charlotte’s shoes, with their ballerina criss-cross fronts just peeking out HEARTS ALL AROUND

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Sheela!!
      My mom isn’t the hugest fan of these shoes—-yet!! I figure if I persist in styling them for her, maybe she’ll give in—haha! I wish she’d have more ankle pants length pants to wear with them so they would show more! But do you know what she just did? She bought a pair of ankle length pants and lengthened them—oy!!

      • Oh my god, my mum does the precise opposite. Whatever the style of pants, she instantly shortens them by folding up the hems, and I’m like, “You do realise they look as though the shrank in the washer, yes?”, to which her response would inevitably be, “I like them”. Sigh. She COULD just buy cropped pants but no.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I’ve decided our moms do this just to irritate us, right? Ha ha…oy!!

  • Queen of Rods

    The pearls have reappeared with your Mom’s outfit 🙂 I giggle and think of her whenever I wear mine now. I also have to mention that I am a first cousin once removed (by marriage) of Chris Pratt (from your quote), although I’m quite sure that he has no idea whom I am 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s amazing of what a small world it is—I don’t even remember where I found this quote….but oh my golly—how amazing!!!
      And don’t you just love wearing your pearls at any time? I’m working on an article for Sixty + Me about pearl jewelry and I included this photo of mom!! I’m trying really hard to wear my pearls more and more!!

  • Oh I love the layering! Especially under your long sleeve top. It looks very chic and put together. Happy Monday!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Liz! Sometimes layering can seem so hard, but it can be fun too!!

  • So, let me start by saying you all look great. Jodie, I really like your sweater on you, even with that yellow which is so hard for many to carry off. And the camisole trick! What a great hack! I love learning those kind of things. Have a great week ladies!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Julia!! Yellow is one of my favorite colors–even the times it doesn’t look that great on me! Maybe it’s the idea that yellow is so bright & cheery??
      And this clothing hack? I’m kicking myself for not trying it earlier—it worked so well!!

  • Laura

    I’m liking the double collar in Nancy’s outfit. It looks so preppy! Your cami trick works well! It really smooths everything down. The white collar adds dimension and interest to your outfit! I should pull out my neglected button up, too!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Laura!
      I really think that many of my “basic” items get neglected since I feel the need to try to be different and interesting–especially for the blog posts! But these basics can really add so much to our other pieces sometimes!! I just need to remember them!!!

  • White shirts are so great! Lovely post.

    Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!

  • I love white shirts and have way too many-but each one is so different-I think I do more wearing mine untucked with a bolero or vest. Don’t think I done to much what you have done (except under sweaters of course)-I just don’t think I have too many tee-shirts but I need to try it of course-great post as usual.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Terri!!
      My mom probably has at least 10 different varieties of this blouse, and she says the same thing—they are each different! Ha ha—you two should meet up because you have so much in common with your sewing and creative skills!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Looking good, Jodie! I love that you and Karen styled these under a striped tee. It looks really nice. Love the tip about the camisole! Nancy looks great in that color and I love your Mom’s pants. So cute! Thanks for letting me be involved. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for being a part of this theme, Amy!!
      I can’t tell you how much more fun it is to see the same item on all different women!! And you really added some sass to the mix!!

  • Karen

    Pop collars are definitely still a term used! I have seen that tip you mention about the t-shirt over the button down and forgot all about that. Such a great tip. I like all the looks, because I think the white shirt dresses up any t-shirt and makes it more interesting. The more I see graphic tee shirts the more I like them. I currently don’t have any of those, but it would be a cute addition for spring/summer. Also, your mom’s lace up shoes – this is a trend I’m very much on board with and am going to be adding those for the upcoming season. Hers are a perfect neutral that will go with everything. Nancy’s blue shirt is a nod to spring which I’m hoping is on the way. I love her earrings! (I know ‘the grass is always greener…’, but you are so fortunate to have that curly hair!) I hope your kitty is feeling better. I know as they age they have problems with their teeth.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You always are so insightful Karen!! I only just acquired graphic t-shirts because I thought they were silly. Well that and the fact that t-shirts seem so casual and sloppy. But I do think we can get creative with them—especially when they have a great message on them!!
      Monkey seems to be doing okay, although one of her sutures came out too early—so hopefully it’ll heal without having another surgery—I don’t think Rob could take the stress of another surgery (he’s such a worrier)
      Thanks for joining in on the fun—I’m so glad I was able to figure out how to add your photo on the laptop (but can I say how challenging it was?? I guess I’m still old fashioned about using my desktop computer–ha ha)

  • I love a crisp white blouse…on everyone else.
    They always look so fresh and pretty…under, over, or plain (especially over jeans).
    But I never seem to find the perfect fit or thickness. I’m not done trying! Looking forward to the rest of the series!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do know what you, mean, Em! There was a time that the buttoned up blouses were annoying to me because of the constant gapitis!
      I think finding a better bra was somewhat helpful, but I do think some of the newer styles are better fitted? Either that or I’m shopping at different stores? I never thought to analyze the difference….

  • Lovely series! I always love to see other bloggers featuted!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy-it is so interesting to me to see how other women interpret the same theme/item!!

  • Love these!! It’s so cute under the graphic tee!! It’s always fun finding people from Toledo!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is a small world, isn’t is Jaymie!!
      Thanks for the nice words!