Outfit in Real Life: Buttoned up in White

How to Wear a White Blazer with Jeans

How to Wear a White Blazer with Jeans


Blazer On Sale, $44.90,  Jeans, $178, Heels, $150, Clutch,

I’m likely the most reluctant “blogger” out there. If I never had to put my face on the site, you would never see me, but I understand the benefit in knowing that a real person, wearing real clothes is behind all of this. When I was figuring out the actual logistics of how to take a photo, I learned that the overwhelming majority of style bloggers have their boyfriend, husband, or significant other take them. Let me tell you something: If I made Bri take pictures of me back when we were dating, we would never have gotten married. He has no idea what he’s doing, and I’m bossy and impatient, mostly because I want it done fast. I don’t want my neighbors seeing me posing like a lunatic in our driveway. We’re already the weird family in the neighborhood, and we don’t need to feed that narrative any more than we already do.

Last Friday, we met Lauren and her husband for dinner in the city, at Talulah’s Garden. It had been ages since we had been there, and I remember not loving it the first time. This time, dinner was fantastic. It was one of those perfect nights where everything worked out just right. We were running late but still dropped the girls off at my parents’ on time. We arrived in the city 30 minutes early, even though we sat in traffic while a (wait for it) naked bike ride made us wait for the light to change about 12 times.  We even found on-street parking, so we thought we’d take a quick outfit photo in the park across from the restaurant. Needless to say, that photo didn’t work out, so we reshot at home the next day.

I love jeans-and-blazer season. Incorporating one is an effortless and easy way to look casually chic. A blazer pulls everything together. Because it’s structured, it creates a lovely shape to your outfit.  It’s why I almost always opt for a blazer over a cardigan. The weather for dinner was ideal, just chilly enough for a layer, but you could still eat outside. This blazer from Mural has been my go to for a while now. I picked it up in white and black.  I’ll warn you that the white is surprisingly sheer in the back, so I only pair it with white tanks and shells. The black is a go-to staple in my wardrobe. Both are on sale for under $50.

I like how the dot detail of my shell adds texture to the look. It’s an old piece by Gibson that I bought at Nordstrom ages ago. Until dinner, I never wore these two items together, which is crazy because they are perfect together. It just shows that you need to spend some time every once in a while to take a fresh look at what is hanging in your closet.

My jeans are another favorite from DL 1969. They are high-waisted and stretchy—ideal for eating, and eat I did. Finally, I wore these Cole Haan pumps in a light beige and carried this clutch from our shop. I’m hoping to get some in soon, so if you’d like them, head over to the shop and get on the waitlist.

We have a busy weekend ahead. I’m in Chicago until Friday afternoon, have a fun day of wedding dress shopping with my future sister-in-law (YAY!), and the girls have their first cross-country meet on Sunday. Stay tuned for next week’s post and don’t forget that Nordstrom’s triple points days are from the 20th to the 22nd. On Monday, we’ll feature items to pick up so you can take advantage of the special and grab a few notes!

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

  1. Your outfit looks fantastic! I have to ask though, do you shorten your shells so they are the same length or a little shorter than the blazer? I don’t tuck things in and then they are longer than my blazer most of the time so I don’t wear the blazer.

    1. Thanks Elyse. In this case I didn’t have to, but yes, I’ll hem the bottom of a tank to sit under the blazer if it’s too long. It’s a pretty easy alteration. The only thing to consider is if the tank or shell has a zipper on the side or some kind of detail at the bottom. The zipper, depending on where it sits, can prevent the alteration, and you wouldn’t want to ruin the detail at the bottom of a hem. Just something to consider. Hope that helps!

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