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Shein summer work dress, Star denim jacket, Jord wooden watch and Musse&Cloud suede booties c/o Coolway

Blue and white is an eternal classic, while perennial trend. This post shows how to create interesting looks in this combination.

Contents
  1. Blue and White Is an Evergreen Classic
  2. Witnessing the Repeat of the Trend
  3. What Is So Special about Blue?
  4. Blue Is Very Versatile
  5. Pair a Blue and White Print with a Solid in One of the Colors
  6. Styling a Blue and White Summer Sheath
  7. You Can Mix Blue and White Prints
  8. Clothes in this Color Combination Make a Great Vacation Look
  9. Blue and White Stripe Dress Weekend Look
  10. This Color Combination Is an All Season Classic
  11. 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.

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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.

influencer in polka dot skirt with paisley top and hat
Ralph Lauren polka dot pleated skirt with GNW cardigan worn as top, Ray Ban sunnies, Hermes collier de chien bangle, BP espadrille sandals, straw hat and sunflower yellow pliage cuir bag (all own) for a Provence inspired summer look

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.

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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.

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blue and white dress for spring office style

over 50 years old fashion blogger in faux wrap dress styled for a spring work look
Outfit details: 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,  and metallic kitten heel pumps

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.

influencer in winter to spring transition look with a blue-white sheath

fashion blogger in blue and white printed summer dress styled for spring

stylist in a sheath dress like the one Kate Middleton wore

Kate Middleton style blue and white dress under a blue jacket
Outfit details: Shein dress, Star denim jacket, Jord bamboo watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Musse&Cloud suede booties c/o Coolway for work

 

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.

 

stylist mixing blue and white pattern in a work outfit

fashion blogger in blue-white work look with mixed ethnic prints

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

 

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!

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mature women in blue and white summer dress

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stylist in summer vacation dress

fashion blogger in blue-white printed summer dress enjoying a sunny afternoon at the river
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 (all own), printed summer dress c/o Needham Lane, accessorized with large pearl studs c/o Wendy Mignot

 

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.

 

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over 50 years old woman in summer weekend look

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fashion blogger over 40 posing at a river in casual stripes summer dress
Outfit details: LeatherCoatsEtc Greek fisherman’s hat in leather, Tissot watch, Rafaela striped T-shirt dress, Kieselstein Cord belt, Juicy Couture mules, Anne Klein floral print silk scarf, Longchamp Pliage bag (all own), and Creamy Waffle wood frame sunglasses c/o Winkwood

 

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.

 

stylist in jeans, blazer, cardigan
GNW paisley print cotton cardigan worn as top under black blazer with London boyfriend jeans, studded flats and statement bag

 

fashion blogger Nicole in a work outfit with striped leather skirt and matching sweater

#over40fashion fashion blogger of High Latitude Style doning an office look with hide

#over50fashion blogger in knee-length leather skirt, sweater, statement necklace and high neon color heels

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

 

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 Anerican belt, 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, Hermes collier de chien lather band and bangle, Tissot watch, Ray Ban sunglasses

Wrapping Up

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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Photos of me: G. Kramm

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