Happy Monday! I’m really feeling all the spring vibes now. Finally! We had a gloriously warm and sunny spring weekend, and the trees and flowers are showing off their blooms ferociously. That splendid spring weather has me dusting off my absolute favorite spring and summer wardrobe staple – my white linen blazer. And because my blazer is back in the store and going on sale this week, I thought I’d share all the ways I like to style a white linen blazer…for spring and summer!
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For today’s post I’m pulling together photos from oh so many previous blog posts. In fact, since I’ve had my white linen blazer for three years now, these photos go way back. So for the most part I’ll simply link you to the original blog post if you’d like more details about the outfit you see in the photo. But for the more current pictures I’ll try to provide some shopping details for items that are available.
My White Linen Blazer
I do love my flax colored linen blazer that I’ve been wearing a lot already this year. And I recently purchased the similar blue one. But I’ll always have a place in my closet for my white linen blazer. It is definitely the most versatile and frequently worn piece in my spring and summer wardrobe. Cost per wear, I’m paying pennies at this point to wear this closet classic.
I purchased my white linen blazer at Talbots and, while it is four years old, I do not think the styling has changed much from my blazer to the one they rolled out just this week. Mine does have two buttons, whereas this year’s Talbots white linen blazer has only one. And this year’s model has flap front pockets while mine sports flat slit pockets. But the length and the collar look similar. So yes, blazers will update a little every year. But you can rest assured that when you purchase a classic like a white linen blazer from a store such as Talbots, that is known for its modern classic clothing, you will have invested in a garment that has staying power.
The beauty of a linen blazer is that you can wear it through the warmest months of the year. Yes, I do indeed shed my linen blazer occasionally when I step outside into the heat. Or I may take it off upon entering the hot, stuffy car. But you can’t beat a white linen blazer for air conditioned places such as work, church, hotels, conference centers and restaurants. And, because it is a natural and breathable fiber, linen really does wear differently than synthetics.
Now let’s talk about all the ways you can style this wardrobe basic for the warm months ahead.
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Style a White Linen Blazer with a Dress
One of my favorite ways to wear a white blazer is over a dress. The crisp fabric, sharp lines and white color of this jacket keep your dress elevated and professional. But it also looks seasonally appropriate and cool.
I prefer to wear my white linen blazer over my more classic dresses. I think this jacket looks good over a fit and flare, a classic sheath dress, a wrap dress, a shirtdress or a simple shift.
If you plan to wear your white blazer with dresses frequently and want real versatility, I’d definitely select a blazer with a classic silhouette and minimal detailing. And while you can wear that blazer over a wide variety of dresses, it will work effortlessly over those with simple lines and close fitting sleeves (or no sleeves at all).
Style a White Linen Blazer with Linen Pants
I wish I had better photos to share with you here, but evidently I haven’t done a blog post with the combo. However, in real life I frequently paired my white linen blazer with my flax colored linen pants last year.
Don’t worry about linen wrinkling a little. That’s part of the charm of linen! In another time, those wrinkles were a sign of wealth. Only the wealthy wore linen, and the wrinkles indicated that they were people of leisure with no need to iron because they were vacationing. Ha! So yes, I generally give my linen jacket a good steam or few strokes of the iron now and again. But I don’t worry about it wrinkling while I wear it.
Those cropped linen pants above were my favorites last summer and I still have them in my closet for this summer. In fact, they were a top seller here at DFMD last year. But Talbots has introduced a new slimmer variation for summer 2022. The linen demi boot pants have a similar length, but a slightly trimmer leg with more of a kick flare below the knee. Very modern!
Style a White Linen Blazer with Dress Pants
I also enjoy wearing my white linen blazer with other dressier pants in the spring and summer. Again, I apologize for the quality of these photos. They’re just mirror selfies. But you can see enough to get the effect.
But you can wear the jacket with black or navy dress slacks, too.
Style a White Linen Blazer with Blue Jeans
Of course I love wearing a white linen blazer with blue jeans. You can use the blazer to dress the jeans up a bit…
Or you can use the jeans to dress the jacket down a bit.
Now that’s a blast from the past! Here’s another.
I love wearing my white linen blazer and jeans with a pretty, colorful shell or blouse…
But I also love wearing the white linen blazer and jeans with a simple tee or graphic t-shirt.
I wanted to point out that, while I love the white linen blazer at Talbots and it will be 30% off on Thursday (TODAY for Talbots Credit Cardholders!), I wore the J.Crew Factory linen cotton Holland blazer in the photo above, and it’s a great blazer, too. You can learn more about it here. That linen cotton blend blazer is also marked down and fully stocked.
Style a White Linen Blazer with Casual Pants
You can also style a white linen blazer with casual pants, such as joggers, chinos or flared crops. You just have to play around with proportions and footwear to see what works for you.
Style a White Linen Blazer with White Jeans
I love, love, love a white linen blazer with white denim. But I do think this combination takes a little work. I find it works best with a light colored top…for me. I have low contrast in intensity, so I like for my outfits to echo that.
But if you have higher contrast in intensity, you might like wearing white jeans and a white linen blazer with a brighter or darker top.
Style a White Linen Blazer with All White
Don’t be afraid to go all white with a white linen blazer. This is an especially beautiful look if you have dark skin. But I enjoy wearing it, too.
Don’t worry about matching the whites exactly. And one of the keys to pulling off a monochromatic look of any color or neutral is to include a variety of fabric types and textures in the outfit. This is actually a very slenderizing style formula that works with white better than you might assume.
Style a White Linen Blazer with Shorts
If you’re still rocking shorts, feel free to wear your white linen blazer with yours. You can wear the jacket and shorts like a suit, as I did below, pairing white shorts with the white linen blazer.
Or you can wear your white linen blazer over other classic shorts such as seersucker, gingham or solids in colors like taupe, navy, red, you name it. I’d complete the look with nude or metallic sandals.
The photo above is really bad because it’s from my earliest days of blogging. But the outfit is great! How simple is that? Seersucker Bermuda shorts, a white tee, my white linen blazer and gold sandals.
Style a White Linen Blazer Like a Suit
Finally, a white linen blazer looks great with a pair of white slacks, whether they’re linen or some other polished fabric.
Again, don’t worry about trying to match the white exactly. More than likely if your pants are truly white, they’re going to look great with the white linen blazer. You can wear most any type of suitable top here, a blouse, shell, sweater top, t-shirt, you name it. And you can complete the look with nude or white sandals. Or you could wear shoes in the same color as your chosen top.
Style a White Linen Blazer with Grey Jeans
Obviously you could probably create great outfits with a white linen blazer and other colors of denim, too. But I really like how it works with grey.
You could wear a white tee or top with the white and grey combo, like I did. I think this creates a really pleasing to the eye look. But of course, you have other options, too. However, the photo above does remind me of my final style tip.
Style a White Linen Blazer with a Low Contrast Top
This spring I’m really enjoying creating low contrast looks with my white blazer. Above you’ve seen a lot of high contrast looks with vibrant blouses and t-shirts. But this year I’m favoring pairing the white blazer with a white tee or top or a soft grey or ecru one. I got so many compliments on the pairing below.
I’m sure someone may ask about pairing a white linen jacket with a skirt. And certainly you can do that. I just haven’t worn a lot of skirts in recent years. But it’s a definite possibility.
I’ve loved sharing my white linen blazer looks with you today. This jacket just makes me so happy. I think I’ll wear it today! And don’t forget that it will be marked down 30% on Thursday, so return here to shop if you’re interested. But if you have a Talbots credit card, today’s the day to snag this white linen blazer. My oatmeal or flax colored one that I’ve worn on repeat this spring has already sold out. And I think this one will, too. At least in some sizes.
Blessed for My Day
I’m all for developing a healthy self-confidence. I do believe that having a little confidence in your abilities and knowing your own assets helps you to show up in a way that brings value to other people’s lives. But there’s sometimes a fine line between feeling confident and behaving arrogantly. Pride is quite different from confidence. Pride asserts that self-importance and implies that others are somehow less than. And the Bible teaches that pride is a sinful attitude, despised by God.
How can we develop a healthy self-confidence but keep from becoming prideful and arrogant? I’ve found that the only way to do either – gain true confidence or keep pride at bay – is to daily worship the Lord. You see we were created to worship. We will worship ourselves, our God or something else. When we worship something or someone else, our self-confidence wanes. When we worship ourselves obviously our pride grows. But when we worship God in truth and in spirit – acknowledging Him as our Creator and placing Him on the throne of our lives – He grows within us a healthy confidence and helps us to remain humble at the same time.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with the humble is wisdom. ~ Proverbs 11:2