the little white blouse

BlogWhiteForever21 - 1BlogWhiteForever21 - 2BlogWhiteForever21 - 3BlogWhiteForever21 - 6BlogWhiteForever21 - 5BlogWhiteForever21 - 7BlogWhiteForever21 - 9BlogWhiteForever21 - 8 TOP   White Peplum Blouse ($25)   |   SHOES   Strappy Suede Platforms   |   NECKLACE   Turquoise and Gold Strand   |   PURSE   Rebecca Minkoff Cross Body   |   WATCH   Michael Kors Watch   |   BRACELET   Gold Wrap Bracelet   |   JEANS   J.Crew Jeans   |   RING   Pearl Ring (old H&M, similar linked)


You want a piece you’ll have in your closet for years and years? One that will always work beautifully in a pinch, and seemingly never age? You don’t have to spend $800 on a pair of designer heels. Instead, snatch up a crisp white blouse. Or two. Or ten!

While I love a good trend, it’s no secret that the classic look is my ultimate go-to. And no matter the season or style, a structured white top always forms the perfect base. I bought my first white Ralph Lauren button down last fall, and have worn it in a million and one ways since. When I came across this gorgeous architectural piece from Forever 21 for $25… yes, $25… I knew I’d found another timeless staple!

My fun scrappy suede platforms helped round out a great transitional look, but I absolutely can’t wait to wear this top with riding boots in a month or so. Talk about timeless! And while the top has a lot of shape, it layers beautifully under winter outerwear, seen in this recent Insta. Obsessed.

I have to give one more shoutout to Forever 21‘s online return policy, since it used to deter me in the past! Unlike in-store purchases where returns are only given in-store credit, if you order online, you can get a full refund. So spend a few minutes browsing the site… I think you’ll be surprised at all the great pieces you find!

Love from Texas,


Photography by Stephanie Drenka

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  1. Wow I didn’t know their online return policy was better than in-store, I always hesitated to shop Forever 21 online since I am never sure how their clothes will fit, thanks for the tip! That top? #addtocart

    – Laura

    Published 9.25.15 · Reply
  2. I’m obsessed with those platforms heels! Love it!

    xx Kathryn

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  3. Alexandra said:

    Hi Kate! I absolutely love how you keep it so classy yet young. Definitely hard to do with so many trends that show so much skin lately. I think it would be a great idea for you to do a blog post or vlog on your favorite worship music! Or make a playlist we can follow on Spotify??? Xoxo

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  4. Phyllis said:

    Beautiful blouse, Kate! It’s so feminine!

    Phyllis |

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  5. Kendal said:

    I’m absolutely in love with this outfit! From the top to the shoes, even to the necklace!! Definitely going to go browse the Forever 21 website!

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

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  6. Aubrey said:

    I love that Rebecca Minkoff Purse! So Chic.

    xx. The Coastal Confidence

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  7. Caitlin Dixon said:

    What size did you get in the top? You look great!

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  8. great talk about white. fashion. im like that too.

    Published 9.27.15 · Reply
  9. nadin said:

    the cutest outfit!

    Published 9.28.15 · Reply
  10. Henry Larry said:

    Totally agree on the timeless appeal of a white blouse. It is amazing how it effortlessly transitions through seasons. Thanks for the tip about Forever 21 return policy too.
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