A Versatile Blouse (and a White Plum Giveaway!)

When I did the great purge of my closet, it was immediately apparent to me that tops were the mega weak spot in my closet.
For years, it was pants. I generally owned a single pair of jeans I liked. But right now, I have a decent collection of pants I like and that fit me well and I have to keep myself from buying more.
This blouse from White Plum is exactly what I was looking for. A nice mix of neutral and fun – I love the little studs on the hem, but I like that they are subtle too – and it’s easy to dress up or down. (If you use the code JANSSEN20, you’ll get 20% off your whole order until May 7th).
White Plum isn’t new to me (I wrote a post for them last year about my secrets for visiting a new city) and I love their wide variety of cute tops, dresses. And I really like that it’s a woman-owned business, started by a mom.
They’re giving away a $75 gift certificate to their shop (I have my eye on this top – I won’t even let myself look at non-shirt items right now), and you’ll definitely have no problem finding something you love. 
Enter below! 
Top: c/o White Plum // Jeans: Aeropostale // Shoes: Old Navy
Clutch: Elaine Turner // Bracelets: The Shine Project

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  • Reply Sami April 30, 2014 at 10:46 am

    My summer staple are a nice pair of sandals.

  • Reply Ashley April 30, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I love a great dress (for my summer staple), but I agree that I am lacking in the blouse department. Love this top!

  • Reply Carla Shiver April 30, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Mine are khaki shorts,tank tops, sandals,and short sleeved shirts.

  • Reply april April 30, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Every year I hunt for more summer dresses. If 10 years ago you would have told me I prefer to wear dresses to anything else, I would have laughed in your face. (not really, that's kind of rude)

    I love the blouse. I always feel that blouses that are that blouse-y make me look bigger than I am, but maybe I'll try again this summer.

  • Reply Stephanie Jobe April 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I have this one blue and white sleeveless top with a scoop neck and a couple henley buttons that I need more like it this summer. I wore it non stop last summer because it looks great with jeans or shorts or a skirt. I even wear it to work with a brightly colored cardigan.

  • Reply missris April 30, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I keep buying jeans, which is a shame because I can't wear them to work. What I really need to focus on is tops!

  • Reply Lauro April 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    favorite summer wardrobe staples: knit dresses, strappy flats and loose tops!

  • Reply Amanda W April 30, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Cute top! Lately I've gotten into comfy knit skirts and t-shirts or tanks for summer. And I finally found some long shorts that don't make me look stumpy…of course, it'll be next summer before I fit into them again (having a baby in a few weeks so…my summer wardrobe is going to be all about loose and/or stretchy this year). πŸ™‚

  • Reply Joelle April 30, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I love the top

  • Reply Tara Buchler April 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I love that top….I am due to have a baby in three weeks so I am assuming I could use looser fitting summer tops this year πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kate Rogge April 30, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    white plum is my absolute favorite! I wasn't aware it was a woman-owned business–how cool! love that top on you

  • Reply Becke April 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    My staple this summer is going to be stretchy pencil skirts and t shirts. I even bought the one you wore from Avenlie on one of your posts. So cute.

  • Reply Whitney April 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I love a good pair of shorts with some sandals.

  • Reply Allie @ Everyday Adventures April 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    In Texas, shorts are my necessity!

  • Reply Rachel Parker April 30, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Cheapy tank tops, short sleeve cardigans, and shorts!

  • Reply Kayla FrecklesinApril April 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Tube skirts and a swimsuit! Can't live without either.

  • Reply jemf April 30, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I love to wear maxi dresses in the summer.

  • Reply Cares and Mimi April 30, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    My summer wardrobe will consist of comfy skirts and t-shirts!

  • Reply Ciera Street April 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Tank top and shorts is definitely my go-to outfit in the summer πŸ™‚

  • Reply Audrey April 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I love a fun summer dress!

  • Reply nolablossom April 30, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I love that blouse – simple yet interesting.

  • Reply Paige Flamm April 30, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I love this shirt! It would be easy to style it a bunch of different ways!

  • Reply Christine April 30, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I love summer dresses and shorts! But long shorts, not short shorts. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply RA April 30, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I have a tops problem, too, in that I have t-shirts and then good shirts for work, but nothing in the middle. I'm afraid of blousy ones, though; can you wash them? I haven't put a lot of effort/research into this yet, clearly. πŸ™‚ But I have put an embargo on t-shirt purchases, even though I looove knits.

  • Reply Anni April 30, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    My summer staple is a maxi dress!

  • Reply Christine Boatwright April 30, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Since I'm 9 weeks pregnant, I fully anticipate my summer staple being maxi dresses. They look fabulous without any work and are SO comfortable!

  • Reply chapfan April 30, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I'm always looking for new tops. The one you have on looks right up my alley.

  • Reply Mrs. April 30, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I love breezy tops for summer — especially that can be mixed and matched to wear to work or just a low-key day at home.

  • Reply Samantha Seufert April 30, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I feel you on the needing more tops problem. My problem is I'm realizing my whole wardrobe needs to be updated (25 and finally finding my style..)

  • Reply Michael and Tasha April 30, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I am late jumping on the maxi bandwagon, but I love them and can't imagine summer without them!

  • Reply Michelle April 30, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    That top is gorgeous!

  • Reply Alysa Stewart April 30, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    My favorite summer staple is a good pair of capris. They are my preferred summer pant for sure!

  • Reply Jessica Moe April 30, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    My favorite summer staple is maxi dresses or just dresses in general!

  • Reply Jessica April 30, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I love that top!

  • Reply Nicole April 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I spend the whole summer on dresses with a few skirts and t shirts thrown in for variety.

  • Reply Kristen April 30, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I need a shirt like that, it looks perfect for summer!

  • Reply Camille Millecam Whiting April 30, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Love this white shirt- so cute and versatile!

  • Reply Jessica Pieper April 30, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    This summer I will be 8+ months pregnant in Las Vegas (what were we thinking?) and so my summer staples include breezy maxi dresses and comfy cute sandals.

  • Reply runtspickins April 30, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I am totally in the "in need of tops" club. I used to think finding jeans was hard but ugh, tops. Too sheer, too low cut, I'm not a huge fan of the high-low (I think it looks weird on me, maybe because I'm short?), too expensive, would ruin easily in the wash. Frustrating! I went out shopping with my mom this past weekend and told myself I needed tops and only tops. I got a maxi dress, cropped pants, jean capris, two sweat pants and yoga pants. Why?!!?!??!
    My favorite Summer staples are dresses by the way. =]

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  • Reply Christy Calhoun April 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    My summer staple is definitely a pair of leather sandals.

  • Reply Lindsay April 30, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Good sandals, a maxi skirt or two. Fun giveaway!!

  • Reply Anna April 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm


  • Reply Lea Anna April 30, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    skirts and dresses

  • Reply wtiger9 April 30, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    My summer staples are tank tops and cut off shorts (jorts?) and flip flops. And a good pair of aviator sunglasses! I am also in need of tops this year.

  • Reply Nicki April 30, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I have been on the hunt for great tops too! I just discovered White Plum through Merrick's blog! I've pinned a lot of style inspiration but have yet to buy!

    My staple this summer is a dark wash pair of capris from Loft. I love them because I can dress them up with a wedge and pretty blouse or go casual and wear them with a tee and flip-flops.

  • Reply Jessica April 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    My summer staple is pretty simple…flip-flops in every color and fun hair ties to keep me cool!

  • Reply Alyssa April 30, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Cute sandals that aren't flip flops

  • Reply Lisa April 30, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I love jean shorts, and my rainbow flip flops! And wedges are a favorite for dressing up.

  • Reply Hannah April 30, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    A great pair of comfy sandals!

  • Reply detrimental beauty April 30, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    light cardigans are my staple piece — always.

  • Reply Alison April 30, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    My staple is wedges. So comfy and cute for moms on the go.

  • Reply Lara April 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    You look so classy. I'm thinking a gray t-shirt from Everlane is going to be my summer staple. I'm wearing it a lot.

  • Reply Abby April 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    That top is very cute! This summer I'm in maternity dresses!

  • Reply emily April 30, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I only just discovered them a few weeks ago and I LOVE their topS!

  • Reply heather April 30, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    The fitted black t-shirt.

  • Reply Malisa April 30, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Definitely a good pair of jean shorts and comfortable but cute sandals!

  • Reply Miller family April 30, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I love saltwater sandals and bermuda shorts for summer!

  • Reply Sanja T April 30, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    My favorite summer staple are cute comfy shoes. I love your look.

  • Reply Rachel at Maybe Matilda April 30, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Love that top! Hmm, summer staple . . . probably some comfy, versatile sandals.

  • Reply Kelsey Clark April 30, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    My favorite summer staples are: decent length shorts, cute sandals (but not flip flops), and shirts that are thin, yet not see through. I lived in Texas, and as you know, you don't want to add extra layers when you don't have to!

  • Reply Celeste April 30, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Love this top. So, so interesting.

    I always love my scarves and leather jacket for transition times. Perfect layering items that can be taken off and stashed in a purse or draped over my arm when it gets too warm in the afternoon, but right there to the rescue when I catch a shiver.

  • Reply Emily April 30, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I love maxis skirts in the summer to be comfy but look pulled together.

  • Reply Becca April 30, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I love tanks and light cardigans. And sandals.

  • Reply Bec April 30, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    We are heading into winter in Australia now but in summer I love a maxi skirt, singlet and sandals!

  • Reply Brooke May 1, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Flip flops and my big floppy hat!

  • Reply Mandi @ Messy Wife, Blessed Life May 1, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Versatile sandals and light sweaters to go over anything in the cool evenings!

  • Reply Kimberly May 1, 2014 at 12:35 am

    My summer staples usually involve a solid colored t-shirt and a maxi skirt/pair of shorts…usually beloved cut-off jorts ;)…I could probably branch out this year!

  • Reply Kimberly Rampersad May 1, 2014 at 12:43 am

    My summer staple is usually a pair of shorts or jeans that I can pair with different tops and sandals.

  • Reply Jennifer Hayden May 1, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I love sandals in the summer. They make every outfit perfect for summer.

  • Reply Caitlyn S. May 1, 2014 at 1:57 am

    I love dresses! mostly short ones and A-line. or the fit and flare type that is popular right now. I need my dresses~! but they must go with sandals!

  • Reply Tessa May 1, 2014 at 2:02 am

    I love sundresses. One piece, no need to look for what "matches" or whatever, just throw it on and go.

  • Reply Mimsie May 1, 2014 at 2:26 am

    You are very pretty, but with your fair skin, I think you look better in colors, not white. The blouse does look very comfortable, though.

  • Reply Kristin May 1, 2014 at 3:05 am

    I've always been a little self-conscious about my legs, but now that I'm a runner, I love shorts. There are so many colors and patterns out now!

  • Reply Amanda May 1, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Love dresses! And need more of them….but not before I get this baby weight off. Love this top though!

  • Reply Amy May 1, 2014 at 3:17 am

    A good pair of strappy sandals goes with just about everything!

  • Reply LΓ©anne :) May 1, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Sundresses! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brynn May 1, 2014 at 4:18 am

    I live in dresses and skirts and fun sandals allll summer!!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jodi May 1, 2014 at 4:26 am

    So cute. I love loose flowy shirts.

  • Reply jenblazz May 1, 2014 at 5:27 am

    I have the cutest sandals from White Plum and I'm always looking for cute new shirts too πŸ™‚

  • Reply SZ May 1, 2014 at 6:20 am

    love neutral colored sandals for summer!

  • Reply Natalie May 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I love maxi dresses/skirts, flat sandals and sunglasses.

  • Reply Sherry May 1, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I am just in need of non-t-shirt summer shirts. This happens every summer because I usually just buy a few t-shirts from Old Navy and then they are worn out by the end of the summer, so I have to buy more.

  • Reply Tarah Manning May 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Sundresses, a simple way to look put together without much effort!

  • Reply Susanne May 1, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    My summer staples are lots of maxi dresses, a couple pairs of boyfriend jeans, some cute tees or flowy blouses & cute sandals!

  • Reply MonstorB May 1, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Sandals! Wedges, flats, whatever – just open and airy. And a pedicure to go with all those open-toed shoes!

  • Reply G May 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I found some really comfy maxi-dresses with sleeves that I'm really excited to wear this summer.

  • Reply Patricia M.G El Mundo de Patricia May 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Maxi dresses are my favorite! would love to win!

  • Reply Sarah May 1, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    My Birkenstocks

  • Reply Melissa May 1, 2014 at 7:46 pm


  • Reply Katie Mc. May 1, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I love shorts with a flowy shirt, plus cute sandals.

  • Reply joelleseldon May 1, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Wow that top is perfect for summers especially by the lake!

  • Reply melissa @ 1lbr May 1, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    In the summers I wear shorts and sandals. Pretty much all the time. It's hot here in Arizona!

  • Reply Lindsey C May 1, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    You look lovely. That top is perfect. I love sandals and flowy skirts

  • Reply Heather May 1, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Looks great on you, as always. I like this interest on the back.

  • Reply Lauren May 1, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    One or two cheap pairs of Target sandals. I wear them to death and they usually last up to three summers- for $12 each, I don't mind having a trendy item. πŸ™‚

  • Reply kimmie May 2, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Summer staples are denim shorts! can't wait for the weather to warm up πŸ™‚

    Also… *gasp* you're wearing lipstick!! you look beautiful πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ruth Maldonado May 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Summer staple? Flat strappy sandals. Goes with summer dresses, shorts, skirts, capris, linen pants and really anything!

  • Reply Hannah Pennington May 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I love dresses in the summer! All day, every day. Why would I wear pants if I don't have to?

  • Reply Katri Hakes May 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    In the summer I'm living in simple v-necks and shorts! When I'm not in my swimsuit of course haha

  • Reply A Little Bit of This... A Little Bit of That May 2, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    LOVE that shirt on you!

  • Reply Moira C May 2, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    My Jack Rogers sandals-they go with everything! And it doesn't hurt that they make me feel a bit Jackie O too πŸ™‚

  • Reply Pearl May 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    In the summer, I love to wear graphic tees and colored shorts.

  • Reply Courtney Dickinson May 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I love your nude wedges! Do you have the exact link where I can find them? Love reading along with your blog!!

  • Reply JACLYN May 2, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    I like shorts and tunics!

  • Reply Christy DuBois May 3, 2014 at 1:13 am

    I favorite summer staple is white, black and grey tee shirts. I can be comfortable around the house in them or if I need to run errands I can throw on a statement necklace or scarf and look more together.

  • Reply Pamela Nielsen May 3, 2014 at 2:00 am

    loose blouses and sandals!

  • Reply Gombessa May 3, 2014 at 5:28 am

    summer dresses! So excited for warm weather again

  • Reply Gombessa May 3, 2014 at 5:30 am

    summer dresses! So excited for warm weather again

  • Reply Gombessa May 3, 2014 at 5:30 am

    summer dresses! So excited for warm weather again

  • Reply Gombessa May 3, 2014 at 5:30 am

    summer dresses! So excited for warm weather again

  • Reply Gombessa May 3, 2014 at 5:30 am

    summer dresses! So excited for warm weather again

  • Reply Gombessa May 3, 2014 at 5:30 am

    summer dresses! So excited for warm weather again

  • Reply P Rof May 3, 2014 at 7:26 am

    My summer staples are always shorts and sandals, plus a good pair of shades!

  • Reply Sandra May 3, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Summer = sandals and flip flops

  • Reply cupcakesweethearts May 4, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I love wearing sunglasses πŸ™‚

  • Reply Katie F May 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Last summer I bought two pairs of t strap leather sandals and it was all I needed!

  • Reply Camille May 5, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Cropped white jeans are my summer staple!

  • Reply Laura D. May 5, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Flip flops are my favorite summer accessory! So easy!

  • Reply Teeter May 6, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I essentially live in sundresses all summer!

  • Reply karmusbackwards May 6, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    blue jeans skirt and sandals

  • Reply Team Jacob May 7, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Skirts and cute flats!

  • Reply Lisa C May 7, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Simple stretchy cotton tops that are better than plain tshirts, but let me play with the kids. I just need some more cute options for when I don't want to just look like a mom!

  • Reply Nikki May 7, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Cute sandals. Always.

  • Reply Jeanette Larsen May 7, 2014 at 4:31 am

    A really versatile and comfortable pair of shorts is a must

  • Reply Jeanette Larsen May 7, 2014 at 4:34 am

    A really versatile and comfortable pair of shorts is a must

  • Reply Traci May 7, 2014 at 9:38 am

    A fitted T and some flowy linen shorts with flip flops for a super hot day!

  • Reply Kristy May 7, 2014 at 11:09 am

    A good pair of shorts

  • Reply Bookworm1919 May 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Knit dresses that look cute but are pretty much really pajamas. =)

  • Reply Jessica May 7, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    pastel colors and cuffed shorts!

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  • Reply Kristine May 7, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I love a v-neck tee and a maxi skirt in the summer!

  • Reply Bookmark Dragon May 7, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Love it! Breezy white shirts are definitely a summer staple for me, along with flip flops and capris.

  • Reply Jess May 7, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Maxi skirts!

  • Reply Haania Nabeel May 8, 2014 at 3:01 am

    My summer is maxi dresses!!!

  • Reply Michelle May 8, 2014 at 3:15 am

    I love my Chacos!

  • Reply Katie May 8, 2014 at 4:10 am

    My saltwater sandals!

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