Blue and white is an eternal classic, while perennial trend. This post shows how to create interesting looks in this combination.
- Blue and White Is an Evergreen Classic
- Witnessing the Repeat of the Trend
- What Is So Special about Blue?
- Blue Is Very Versatile
- Pair a Blue and White Print with a Solid in One of the Colors
- Styling a Blue and White Summer Sheath
- You Can Mix Blue and White Prints
- Clothes in this Color Combination Make a Great Vacation Look
- Blue and White Stripe Dress Weekend Look
- This Color Combination Is an All Season Classic
- Wrapping Up
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Blue and White Is an Evergreen Classic
The blue plus white trend of the spring/summer season seems to be my big thing. It’s a classic that pops up perennially. Here again I wear an outfit featuring this trend.Blue and white is an eternal classic, even when it is called a trend. Click To Tweet
Witnessing the Repeat of the Trend
As a kid, I loved my Granny’s white and blue china that showed 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 pair, and a T-shirt was considered American underwear, i.e. it was not modest to wear it. My first pair of jeans were hand-me-down Wranglers from my Mom’s best girlfriend’s son.
In my twenties, the trend popped up again. My love for dark blue plus white continued. It was my “summer-in-the-Provence” style phase, shortly before I enrolled at the Université de Clermont-Ferrand in France. In the 1980s, it was the blue suit with white button-down shirt. In the 1990s, I had a blue and white polka dot skirt suit. I finally bought the night blue jeans, but paired them with a white button-down, an American Classic Style look. I still love wearing this look.
In the 2000s, I saw a photo of Victoria Beckham in a dress that looked like one of these expensive Chinese vases. Of course, it was white with blue. 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 basically 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 since they got married?
Note that the fact that blue doesn’t look dirty easily also means clothing in this color are low maintenance. Who does want to save money on dry cleaning?
Blue is the “natural” color associated with jeans or denim. All other denim items are considered colored, even the white ones. There are carpenter jeans for a reason. And it’s not because blue is the color for boys, but it hasn’t been that way all the time.
Blue Is Very Versatile
Blue doesn’t stop after work. On the contrary, it is a great color on weekends too. Even for festive attire, sapphire or royal-blue are great choices.
Again, it’s because this color’s brightness is hard to stop looking great even when there is a little dirt from a mishap. Furthermore, no matter whether it is a mute shade like navy or in a clear shade like Royal blue or lightened up with white (baby blue), the color is such a classic, it blends in. Thus, a classic all blue suit, gown, or dress can be worn again and again. Blue is such a work horse for everyone. When in doubt what color to wear other than black, go for blue.When in doubt wear blue! #styliststip #stylesecrets Click To Tweet
Pair 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. In the next outfit inspiration a halftee and the shoes are used in this sense.
Blue and White Summer Sheath Like Kate Middleton
When I saw this blue and white sheath summer dress in February, I couldn’t resist. I had to have it. Unfortunately, March’s weather wasn’t cooperative at all with temperatures around -20F (-28.9oC) in the mornings and temperatures around 10 F (-12.2oC) around noon. But, finally, I got to wear it, even though in a “winterized” way. Guess what?
After I got the dress, I saw a photo in a magazine where Kate Middleton wore a similar dress.
You Can Mix Blue and White Prints
Mixing prints in this trend is easy. All you have to make sure is that the prints have distinctively different size.
Clothes in this Color Combination Make a Great Vacation Look
I have a knack for blue-white summer road trip outfits. You could associate the color combination with Greece when you think about the white painted houses with their blue doors, blue window panels and blue window shades. I mentioned the summer-in-the-Provence association already before. Blue skies with white fair weather clouds.
Blue-white screams vacation!
Striped T-shirt dress weekend look
Sitting on the deck and watching the river traffic and water birds is an enjoyable thing to do on a hot summer weekend. The cool water provides some cooling of the air. A simple royal blue with white stripes T-shirt dress looks great with a pop of colors like the scarf and sunflower yellow bag. This fisherman’s hat is similar to a baseball cap when it comes to providing shades for the face and eyes. However, it is unexpected and a lot more stylish. It adds some edge to the look as it is a clear menswear piece. The scarf, bag and footwear keep the look feminine.
This Color Combination Is an All Season Classic
The look below shows a casual work look for fall. It pairs a paisley print 3/4 sleeve cardigan from summer as a top under a navy blue light wool blazer. The combination of dark blue and white. This color combination has such a southern France – summer in the Provence vibe to it.
This color combination also permits for great, safe and stylish prints and patterns mixing without going over the top. Blue and white goes with nearly everything. Thus, it’s great for a mix-and-match travel wardrobe. The maritime vibe of the colors makes them also great for a beach vacation or when packing for a cruise.
You can find further blue and white outfit inspiration pairing a pleated polka dot skirt with paisley print top and an Indian print inspired blue and white sheath I wore for Easter brunch at these links. Learn more on how to look ageless in blue at the link.
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