Blue and white clothing for summer - une femme d'un certain âge

Nautical & nice…it’s hard to go wrong with blue and white

Blue (or navy) and white is a classic combination that somehow always looks fresh, especially in summer.

An easy summer look in navy and white with a striped shirtdress.

Here’s a vacation-ready look in navy and white with a straw bag.

hat | dress | earrings | bracelet | shoes | bag

There’s a range of blues and navy for every seasonal palette. And if you’re a warm season (Spring, Autumn) your “white” will be cream, oyster, or ivory. Blue/navy and white/off-white can be an excellent starting point for a capsule or travel wardrobe.

Here are a few more blue and white pieces that recently caught my eye…

Blue & white for every seasonal palette

J.Crew soft gauze popover top navy.

This soft cotton gauze popover top looks like it could be a Bright Navy from the Spring palette. I’m hoping to check it in person and will report back. There are several other colors available too (including white).

Rails linen shirt star print.

This star print linen shirt is available in sizes XX-Small to 2x. This might work for Winters or Summers (depending on how bright or soft the white is).

Kule Breton stripe Malibu tee in cream/navy.

This Breton stripe tee has a cream background, so will work for Springs and Autumns. (Yes, the navy stripes are a bit dark, but don’t dominate.) I have this tee in two colors; it’s a very lightweight fabric, so comfortable even when it’s warmer.

J.Jill linen midi shirtdress in bright blue.

Here’s a “wafty” linen midi shirtdress in a bright blue for you Winters. It’s available in Misses, Petite, Plus and Tall sizes.

Alex Mill button back stripe shirt blue white.

This shirt looks classic from the front, but has this cool button back feature. Sizes XS-XL. The blue looks like it might be good for Summers.

J.Crew slip skirt in navy dot print.

If you’re game to try a slip skirt, I think this miniscule navy dot print would be easy to wear. Sizes XX-Small to 3X.

Chico's embroidered tie neck blouse cobalt blue.

Another one for Winters, this embroidered tie neck blouse is a bold statement piece. Available in Misses size 00(0/2 XS) to 3(16/18 XL) and Petite sizes.

Amour Vert Annika organic cotton tie detail blouse.

This pretty toile print blouse with a front tie detail would be good for Summers. It’s sustainably made from organic cotton, sizes XS-XL.

Eileen Fisher organic linen cropped cardigan reef blue.

Autumns, this “reef” color looks on my monitor to be very close to your Kingfisher blue. The cropped cardigan is organic linen, sizes XX-Small to 3X.

Chico's cotton gauze button back tunic turquoise.

Springs, most of our blues are in the aqua/turquoise range. Here’s a cotton gauze tunic with a button back detail, sizes 00(0/2 XS) to 4(20/22 XL).

Chico's striped linen button hem pants.

And these linen pants were pretty cute, so I had to throw them in here too. Probably best for Summers. Sizes 00(0/2 XS) to 3(16/18 XL).

And speaking of blue and white…

“Blue & White” was the theme of the May box from My French Country Home. I received my box (gifted) several days ago, and finally had time over the weekend to open it.

My French Country Home box for May, with a blue & white theme.

My French Country Home Box is a quarterly subscription box filled with uniquely French gifts, hand selected by Sharon Santoni. The contents are always kept secret until everyone has received their box, so part of the fun is discovering what’s inside.

This May box included:

Luxury French gifts inside the My French Country Home box: a Rose et Marius candle, Fragonard hand towels & lotion.
  • a scented candle from Rose & Marius in a beautiful porcelain container (which can be repurposed)
  • gorgeous hand towels and hand lotion from Fragonard
  • a pretty illustrated notepad from Season Paper
  • a leather pencil case to go in a handbag
  • Lab Elle flower design earrings in gold and mother-of-pearl
  • a miniature antique bottle
  • watercolor print card of a charming Paris scene by Fabienne de la Croix

The next box will be released in August with the theme “un été en France” and you can reserve yours today! These boxes make lovely gifts for lovers of all things French.

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11 Comments

  1. Robyn
    June 8, 2022 / 3:10 am

    I love blue and white too, but generally don’t go in a nautical direction. I’m not sure about the specific J Crew shirt you featured but the navy items I have from J Crew tend towards more of a royal blue navy. I’m a winter and every time I wear something navy from J Crew I get comments on that it’s a nice color for me. So much so, that I’m thinking of ordering a second navy linen shirt.

  2. Kathy
    June 8, 2022 / 4:50 am

    Beautiful post for summer. I think blue and white is so fresh for summer. Have recently purchased a blue linen dress, blue/white linen dress, and a great blue/white shirt from AYR.

  3. Mary
    June 8, 2022 / 5:55 am

    Can you direct me to where I might get my colors done in Northern California?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      June 8, 2022 / 5:59 am

      I don’t know anyone personally, but you can check out the House of Colour website to see if there’s someone in your area.

    • Carol
      June 8, 2022 / 10:23 pm

      Hi Mary,

      I suggest you try kettlewellcolours.com and select Explore – Find a Colour Stylist. There are several Colour Stylists in North Carolina. Good luck!

  4. Lila
    June 8, 2022 / 6:21 am

    Thank you for taking the time to attach a “season” to each item you have researched! It’s greatly appreciated! If you happen to see the EF sweater in person, could you please let us know if it is close to kingfisher? Thank you!

  5. Emily
    June 8, 2022 / 6:24 am

    Great post! I appreciate the seasonal color callouts.

  6. Cathy
    June 8, 2022 / 7:07 am

    Love blue and white, Thanks
    I so appreciate you mentioning the colour season each item falls into.

  7. Mary
    June 8, 2022 / 8:01 am

    Love the classic blue and white for summer! I was interested to see your source for Bretons. I have never heard of Kule before. Would you post an article on some of the lesser-known online sites for clothes and shoes? Merci!

  8. Cat
    June 8, 2022 / 11:45 am

    I love blue and white together and blue all by itself. Blue is definitely the dominant color in my wardrobe. I can never get enough! I think I’m a cool summer or winter so thanks for the possibilities.

  9. Ruth Janet
    June 8, 2022 / 1:45 pm

    I really appreciate the references to seasonal dressing. I am a winter and very seldom find a blogger who is in my colour pallet so it is nice to see some options for us as well. Unfortunately a lot of the sites aren’t available in Canada But it gives me inspiration. Thanks Susan!

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