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Blue and white outfits are an eternal classic, while perennial trend. This post shows how to create interesting looks in this combination year round. Read how to style this evergreen look for work and play.



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Why Is Blue and White an Evergreen Classic?

The blue plus white trend is an evergreen classic that pops up perennially. This is due to the friendly and uplifting vibe of the colors that remind of fair weather clouds in the summer sky. The color combination namely elevates our moods. As a result, everyone loves it.

stylist in blue white fall work outfit with pieces from summer
Ralph Ralph Lauren polka dot skirt, Christian Louboutain pumps, August silk cardigan worn as top, , Hermes collier de chien bangle, beads necklace, Philosophy long cardigan, sunglasses c/o glassesonline, and clutch c/o Uno Alla Volta



Witnessing the Repeat of the Trend

As a kid, I loved my Granny’s white and blue china that featured old Dutch landscapes. As a teenager, one of my style crushes was night blue jeans with a white T-shirt and a whimsical necklace. Of course, I never had a night blue pair, nor a white T-shirt. More on why my first pair of jeans were hand-me-down Wranglers.

In the 1980s, the trend boomed as the “summer-in-the-Provence” style and as the navy suit with white button-down shirt. I owned a blue and white polka dot skirt suit in the 1990s. Finally, I bought the night blue jeans, and paired them with a white button-down and navy-style blazer, in an American Classic Style look.

In the 2000s, I saw a photo of Victoria Beckham in a dress that looked like one of these expensive  white with blue Chinese vases. At that time, my late Mom had adorable dishes in a white and blue onion pattern known as Zwiebelmuster in Germany. My nephew owns this treasure today.


What Is So Special about Blue?

Well, stewardesses and stewards may spill something while working, the blue collar worker, constructor, carpenter, you name it, may get dirty performing their work. Blue still looks good when it gets a bit dirty. The business person wears the blue blazer for the same reason. Did you ever realize how often the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle wear navy or blue?

Because blue doesn’t look dirty fast, clothing in this color is low maintenance. Who does want to save money on dry cleaning?



Why Is Blue Very Versatile?

Blue doesn’t stop after work. On the contrary, navy, sapphire or royal-blue are great choices for weekend and festive attire too. See for example, what to wear to the opera.

No matter whether the blue is a mute shade like navy ora clear shade like Royal blue or lightened up with white (baby blue), the color blends in. As a result, a classic all blue suit, gown, or dress can be worn again and again. Blue is a workhorse for everyone.

Stylist tip: When in doubt what color to wear other than black, go for blue.


Try a Blue and White Print with a Solid in One of the Colors

The easiest way to style a print is pairing it with one of its solid colors. See the outfit inspiration below.


blue and white wrap dress for spring office style
Wrap dress c/o HSN over halftee c/o Haftee with own belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, cameo earrings, cameo cat pendant necklace,  Indian enamel bangle and hair pin



Blue with White Is an All Season Classic

This color combination has a crisp feel. Consequently, its versatility works year round and for all kind of occasions (see also my Clara Sunwoo blue-white print dress review for further ideas).


Classic Spring Work Looks


blogger in knee-length leather skirt, sweater, statement necklace and high neon color heels spring look
Striped leather skirt with blue sweater for spring


style blogger in a blue and white striped skirt and long burgundy leather jacket
Vittari leather coat, Oliveo striped leather skirt, GNW Luxe sweater, DIY necklace, Christian Louboutin pumps, Ray Ban sunglasses, Festina chronograph, LV saddle bag, and Ray Ban sunglasses


Business Casual Summer Look

over 50 years old fashion blogger in business casual summer blue and white polka dot skirt outfit
Lauren Ralph Lauren pleated polka dot skirt with GNW cardigan worn as top, Blue One tailored denim jacket, Kieselstein Cord belt, Liz Claiborne pumps, Longchamp bag, and Ray Ban sunglasses


Striped T-shirt Dress Weekend Look

Sitting on a deck watching the river traffic and water birds is enjoyable on a hot summer weekend. The water namely cools the air a bit. A simple royal blue with white stripes T-shirt dress with a pop of colors (scarf, bag), and a fisherman’s hat to shade the face and eyes make a perfect weekend look. In this outfit inspiration, wearing menswear with feminine footwear and scarf creates an interesting edge.


advanced style Nicole of High Latitude Style donning a posh casual T-shirt dress with scarf by the river
Back view blue-white striped dress


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Details of sailor inspired summer look

fashion blogger over 40 posing at a river in casual stripes summer dress


Fall Office Outfit Ideas in these Colors

The look below shows a blue-white business casual look for fall. It pairs jeans with a paisley print 3/4 sleeve cardigan as a top under a navy blue light wool blazer.


stylist in jeans, blazer, cardigan
GNW paisley cardigan worn as top under blazer with London Jean boyfriends, studded flats and statement bag


over 50 years old style blogger wearing a traditional blue white dress as skirt with an ethnic belt and paisley top
GNW cardigan, worn as top over Jäger dirndl worn as skirt, Native American belt, 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, Hermes collier de chien leather band and bangle, Tissot watch, Ray Ban sunglasses


Why Blue-White Clothes Scream Summer Trip

Baby boomers remember their summer-in-the-Provence. We associate blue skies and white beaches as well as southern destinations with this color combination. For instance, think about the white painted houses with their blue doors, blue window panels and blue window shades in Greece. As a result, blue-white summer road trip outfits are an evergreen. Finally, don’t forget about Nautical Style.


stylist over 50 in blue and white summer dress
Needham Lane dress, Dr. Scholl sandals, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Ray Ban sunglasses


stylist in summer sailor style jacket with white-blue print dress
Outfit details: Garnet barrette used to shorten The Limited cardigan, Ray Ban Jackie O. sunglasses, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Dr. Scholl wedge sandals, DIY necklace, printed summer dress c/o Needham Lane, accessorized with large pearl studs c/o Wendy Mignot


How to Wear a Blue and White Summer Sheath in Winter

When I saw this blue and white sheath summer dress in February, I couldn’t resist. I had to have it. For this outfit inspiration, I “winterized” it. Guess what?

After I got the dress, I saw a photo in a magazine where Kate Middleton wore a similar dress.


fashion blogger in a dress similar to one Kate Middleton wore
Outfit details: Shein dress, Star denim jacket, JORD bamboo watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Musse & Cloud suede booties c/o Coolway



How to Mix Blue and White Prints?

Mixing prints in this trend is easy. All you have to ensure is that the prints have distinctively different size.


#fashionover50 mature woman in striped cardigan with polka dot pleated skirt and straw hat at High Latitude Style
Striped Jones New York cardigan with Ralph Ralph Lauren polka dot pleated skirt, Bulova watch, BP ankle strap sandals, and Longchamp bag


style book author in work outfit with paisley and small paisley print on white in blue and vice versa
Christian Louboutin pumps, Longchamp satchel, Kieselstein Cord belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, cameo earrings,  cameo cat pendant necklace, GNW cardigan worn as top over Samantha Brown wrap dress c/o HSN accessorized with wooden watch c/o Jord



Wrapping Up How to Style an Evergreen Look in Blue and White

Blue and white goes with nearly everything. This color combination permits great, safe and stylish prints and patterns mixing without going over the top. Therefore, it’s also a favorite for a mix-and-match vacation style. The maritime vibe of the colors makes them also great option when packing for a cruise.

You can find further blue and white outfit ideas with a pleated polka dot skirt with paisley print top and an Indian print-inspired blue and white sheath.

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