The classic white button-up shirt has been my go-to for as long as I can remember. My fashion foundation. My old faithful. My sure thing. Between juggling a baby and a toddler, I don’t often get the chance to spend as much time as I would like putting together my outfits, so the white button-up’s versatile nature has become an essential piece to my wardrobe. You can dress it up, dress it down, layer over it, layer under it, or even tuck it in. And of course, as a busy Momma of messy boys, I insist that my clothes be machine washable (none of this dry clean only business). Which means I do a lot of laundry around these parts. And I mean a lot. If you’ve seen my furniture (and now knowing how often I wear white button-up shirts), then you can understand why I’m always on the hunt for a detergent that will make my whites as bright as possible. I was recently given the chance to try Tide Pods, the only 3-chamber unit dose of detergent on the market. It’s a powerful 3-in-1 detergent that cleans, brightens, and fights stains. I already use Tide detergent, but I had never tried the Tide Pods before. And after I learned that just one removes more stains than 6 caps of the liquid bargain brand (based on stain removal performance of one pac of Tide Pods vs. 6 doses of the leading liquid bargain brand base variant in a standard top loading machine), I knew I would be hooked. And I was right! I threw my white shirt into the washer (covered in a lovely sneeze from my 6 month old baby) and it came out looking cleaner and brighter than ever.
Here are three different ways I like to style my bright white button-up. Be sure to visit the end of this post to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card. And now, on to the looks: SPORTY/CASUAL This is my every day “mom uniform,” what I wear to run most of my errands. Boyfriend jeans, slip-on sneakers and a baseball cap are the perfect way to stay comfortable as an active and busy Mom. Also, the messy side-braid is a great way to disguise messy bed head.
LUNCH WITH THE GIRLS My girlfriends and I are pretty good about setting time out (away from the kids) to have lunch together in celebration of our birthdays. And on these days, I take off the ball-cap in favor of a little more feminine accessorizing–like this chunky statement necklace worn on the outside of my shirt. I also have fun layering sweaters and vests over a button up and pairing with colored denim (the possibilities really are endless). DINNER AND A MOVIE DATE NIGHT Ben and I don’t get the chance to sneak away for a date night all too often, so when we do I make sure I put on his favorite accessory–a pair of tall heels. I’m wearing another statement necklace in this outfit, however this time I’ve tucked it under the collar for a more subtle effect. It would be easy to pair this outfit with a blazer for those chilly evenings.
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