Traveling? Don’t forget to pack the perfect white blouse!

Summer staple: the white blouse


Polo Ralph Lauren short top
$205 –

Floral top
€69 –

Vero Moda white top
28 –

I just got back from a fabulous four day trip to Washington, D.C. Sightseeing in the nation’s capital was amazing — the monuments were inspiring and the museums made me wish I had another four days to spend exploring!

Dressing for a hectic trip is challenging, especially when a busy day hoofing it through the National Mall is followed directly by a swanky event.

My go-to item? The perfect white shirt!

There are many variations of the white shirt. But, whatever version you choose – traditional tailored, vintage-inspired, or cosmopolitan – this is the handiest item in your suitcase.

For example, pair a white shirt with walking shorts, gladiator sandals and a cotton scarf. You’ll be comfortable while touring the sights, plus you’ll look chic enough to stop for lunch at a trendy bistro.

Take the same white shirt, add patterned capris and kitten heels. You’re ready for a dinner al fresco.

Or maybe you’re looking forward to some night life? Grab that shirt, pair it with a short skirt, heels and look-at-me jewelry – and dance the night away!

I’ve highlighted a few of my top picks here. You may find your favorites at Ann Taylor, Talbots, and Macy’s.

Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and The Best Christmas Ever! 

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    Mellissa Rose Plowman

    I agree with you! I always pack a white blouse & a white v-neck t-shirt and a white tank with me when I travel. White is so versatile and goes so many other colors and since we go to the beach a lot – it looks great with a tan!

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