The White Blouse for Any Ages: Under a Sleeveless Shirt
Quote of the day: “The past is a reference point, not a residence.” Bill Heffernan
Most of the quotes I find for my posts, are ones that I hope can be applied to both our lives and our closets! And I think this one fits the bill nicely! Even if the clothes you tend to wear are a certain style, I’m all for trying out something new occasionally!
But I have to ask, am I the only woman who yearns to wear her spring and summer clothing before the weather is warm enough? Personally I love having different weather seasons in order to wear my sweaters and boots. However, there always comes the time when I’m yearning for the next season to come about!
So in fitting with the theme of trying to give our white blouse more love, I came upon this thought! How about wearing it under a sleeveless shirt? Maybe it’s a shirt you usually only wear in the warm months? Or maybe it’s a layering piece that usually gets paired under another item? Either way, you could get more versatility from the sleeveless shirt if you layer your white blouse under it, right?
And not only do you get to see all 3 of us figuring out how to layer this item under a sleeveless shirt, you can also see another blogger join in the fun. Amy’s joining us for this entire week, so make sure to click over to her site to see all the specifics about her outfits!!
If you missed the first post in this series, I tried having us all wear our white blouse under a t-shirt, here. I’d love to hear how you wear your white blouse below in the comments!
Amy’s Outfit: You would think that we planned for Amy to wear almost the same color sleeveless shirt that Nancy did. But we didn’t. We call that “great minds thinking alike” or twinsies!! And don’t you love that she wore her converse sneakers with this?
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I’m not at a loss for sleeveless shirts in my closet. Yet, when I happened to be at Banana Republic the other day armed with some rewards, I couldn’t help but think how perfect this sleeveless shirt would look for this post. In real life, the shirt’s stripes are a light lilac, although they almost look blue on my computer screen.
You can see how the ruffles really add so much to this shirt. And if I just wore it under a sweater or jacket, you couldn’t see all of the fun details! My earrings are ones that you’ve seen a lot. They are actually 4 earrings in one since the gold piece comes off and there is also a turquoise tassel piece (seen here).
These decorated jeans were the subject of a DIY post (here) that were made for me by my reader/blogette, Jude! I ended up shortening them by creating a raw hem since that’s so in style right now! My bracelet opens to show a watch underneath. It doesn’t keep time anymore, but I think the facing is so pretty, so I keep it as decoration only!
I had all three of us handle the outside shirt differently. I tucked mine into my jeans. The outfit may look a little rumpled since this was the end of the day, but that’s real life, right?
Jeans: (similar here plain tan or here as blue jeans with studs up the side for $$$)~~Sleeveleess Blouse: Banana Republic (here)~~White Blouse: Brooks Brothers (similar here)~Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar here with a wood heel and here perforated)~~Belt: (similar here)~~Earrings: (here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: For Nancy’s sleeveless shirt, I chose a knit tank that she bought in an H&M when she was in Amsterdam! Since the top portion of this tank is open, she always wears some kind of shirt beneath it.
We struggled with how to style the pink shirt because it’s awfully long when we leave it untucked. And when we tried to tuck it in, it looked wonky! So it was Nancy’s idea to tie it up on the sides! I used a rubber band to hold the extra material, and then we pinned a brooch over the area to camouflage the rubber band.
Because the pink in this outfit is so bright, and the pants are printed, we chose some smaller earrings. These hoops are one of Nancy’s favorite pairs because they are simple enough for any outfit, yet add a little more interest than plain hoop earrings.
I really like how the white shirt picks up the white from the print in Nancy’s pants! And thanks for Nancy for being such a good sport on this day—the wind was having a hey day with photo shoot!!
Pants: Liz Claiborne (similar here with color and here as palazzo pants)~~Blouse: Chicos (similar here)~~Sleeveless Top: H&M (similar here in a light pink or here brighter but no cut outs)~~Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Pin: (similar here only one I could find but lots of $$$)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: I didn’t realize that both mom and Nancy got styled with pink shirts for this post. But at least they are somewhat different. I left mom’s shirt hang out and she wore a skirt!
This grey skirt is the same one that mom wore for our Long Sweater post, here, but now you can see it much better. I thought this particular skirt would add some fabulous texture to the outfit, since the pink shell is so silky!
The owl pin was a gift from Nancy just recently. It’s actually made from clock parts! Isn’t it so cute? I pinned it through both shirts to help them stay together better. And since there was blue in the pin, we added in more blue with the earrings & bracelet.
I thought these floral shoes brought the entire outfit together perfectly. They brought in the colors from the top & accessories and added some print to the overall outfit.
Skirt: Grace Elements-thrifted (similar here lighter or here)~~White Blouse: Oxford Shirt Co. (similar here)~~Sleeveless Blouse: Mom made it (similar here)~~Shoes: Alfani (similar here)~~Pin: (similar here with a blue stone & here for less money)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
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Here are some more white blouses but with some interesting variations!! What do you like or dislike?