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The White Blouse: the presidential piece in your spring/summer wardrobe

The White Blouse: the presidential piece in your spring/summer wardrobe

It’s one of the most essential pieces in your wardrobe – a staple in the truest meaning of the word and so versatile. I’ve said it before but it’s the one item every woman needs to own at least one of in their collection: The white blouse. It’s classic, timeless, and makes you look instantly chic however you choose to style it. In my opinion, if you only had one top, it should be the white blouse. Recently, I have added many styles to my collection: the boyfriend,  textured, the classic, and one with puffy sleeves. The point being, they all serve various purposes and can be worn on multiple occasions. That’s why I love having a few in many styles in my arsenal. Today, I want to explain how you can wear a white blouse, of all different styles, and why it’s the best choice ever! 

Classic Fitted 

No wardrobe is complete without one classic white blouse. It’s the best worn on its own or for layering, so make sure that yours is high quality too. This is one of those pieces that will last forever so if the fit and the feel of the blouse is just right – it will consistently stay in your outfit rotation. A classic white blouse will pair well with jeans for casual wear to two-piece suits for work. It’s so versatile, this shirt is meant for styling in all the ways possible. 



White button-ups get a casual, cool vibe when made out of a textured almost boho style. This top is more casual, so you can wear it open or buttoned up front tucked into jeans or shorts for summer. Longer versions work well here too as textured white button-ups are made for bathing suit cover-ups too. Simply wear loosely over your favorite bathing suit, throw on some flip-flops and you’re ready for any pool or beach day in the sun!


Puffy Sleeve 

When you want to take your white blouse to the next level, choose this puffy sleeve option to truly elevate any look. Again, this white blouse can be worn with jeans and braided/woven kitten heels or with your dressiest trousers. Either way, this is a look that will speak volumes!  


The boxier, boyfriend-style cuts are crisp and also very versatile. This style can look casual untucked with jeans or tucked into high-waisted trousers for a more formal look. It’s practically like you stole your boyfriend’s white button-down and made it all your own. Super chic and very of the moment right now.   


The dual front utility-style pockets or one strong square single pocket white blouse is another way to rock your white blouse. This white blouse is so versatile it will have you ready for work or the weekend in one of the most appealing cuts.  



Some of the best white button-downs are oversized and drapey and made out of cotton or linen. It’s so adaptable too meaning it works well on various body shapes as you can create a multitude of ways to wear it. You can wear french tucked or tie it up in front to accentuate a higher waistline. It’s another one of those shirts you can wear with anything and look like a million bucks. 



If your classic white blouse isn’t quite keeping you cool enough during the heat of the summer months, the short-sleeve white blouse is your best-kept secret. Try a casual linen style with rolled cuff sleeves and a classic collar. The buttons can even be more casual in natural wood or opalescent buttons. The short-sleeve button-ups are the best worn with denim shorts and sandals for the coolest, casual look of them all.   

How to Style in the Summer: 



I can’t think of a better way to wear a white blouse during the summer than to style an oversized version of the shirt over a bikini or one-piece this summer. It’s so so so chic, effortless, and did I mention an easy way to pull off that “cool-girl” vibe?! All you’ll need to bring is your summer essentials – your beach bag, sunglasses, and flip-flops. The rest you’ve already got covered – in the chicest cover-up of them all: the white blouse. 


Tie-front cropped 

When the heat begins to turn up, tie your white blouse at the waist to create not only a waistline but a style that is so on-point for summer. This look would be so cute with jean cut-off shorts, cropped denim, or your ‘90s khaki trousers. Add a bright-colored slide sandal and your straw tote bag for a look that will have your friends “fit to be tied.” 


With shorts 

A classic white blouse will pair perfectly with any style of summer shorts too. You can tuck it into your paper bag shorts for a classic look if you’re going for more of an elevated look or you can wear it with your sporty bike shorts. One of my favorite looks for summer is the classic white blouse with jean cut-offs and a simple sandal. It’s one of the easiest ways to look polished and put together with minimal effort. That’s the beauty of the white blouse, it will always make your look “smarter” worn in the most simple of ways.  

Which ways do you plan to wear your white blouse this spring/summer?  

About The Author

Bailey Stuvland

Bailey Stuvland is a California girl who loves talking about all things fashion. With more than ten years of styling experience for personal clients and with brands like Stitch Fix, she enjoys helping others find what they love to wear. Her mission is to help people not only look good on the outside, but feel good on the inside by having fun with outfits, accessories and beauty. You can find her blog at .

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