Up, Down, All-Around Tunic & Link Up

Is it a dress?  Might be a bit too short.  Then it’s a top. No, might be a bit too long to be called that. Oh, it’s a tunic, a loose garment, typically sleeveless and reaching to the wearer’s knees, as worn in ancient Greece and Rome (TOGA! TOGA!).  Leave the bed sheets alone and let’s explore the versatility of the tunic.

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Tunic – AEO, old (cute option, and this one); Jacket – AMX, old (similar, similar); Pants – Kohl’s, old (similar, another option); Scarf – GAP, old (cute option, inexpensive); Shoes – Ked’s (same)

I bought said tunic last year at American Eagle Outfitters. The marled color combo of blue, gray, and black caught my attention and I love the drapey knits that are typical of many items at AEO. And on the subject of AEO, I realize that this is not a typical retailer for the ‘woman of a certain age’, and while their shorts may be too skimpy and their jeans too skinny for my tastes, I do have a few AEO tops and sweaters because they suit my style. My point is that it never hurts to look because you might find what you’re looking for where you’d least expect it.

These pictures were taken on location last Sunday, a day on which The Husband and I were visiting with our son at his university along the California coast (also seen in Ocean Views). It was Mother’s day so after a delicious brunch (prepared by The Husband) with my daughter and my mother-in-law, the two of us headed out for a leasurely 90 minute drive to have an early dinner with our youngest. The weather was perfect and I was glad to be able to spend time with both of my kids that day.

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Looking out at the ocean, we marveled at how clear the sky was and how far we could see. Those are the channel islands in the background of the photos above. You can see the marl pattern of the tunic and the mix of prints in the scarf in the photo below.

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Considering the theme of this post, you may be wondering which look am I sharing in these photos and where are the other two. The look above is the all-around one. As for the dressed-up for work and dressed-down for play looks, I only have flat lays to share because there were technical problems with the photos for the other looks. In this look for work, I’ve layered the tunic over a white blouse with a ruffle detail and paired it with slim black pants and my black and blue pumps.

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Blouse – Old Navy, old (option, option); Pants – Buffalo (option, option); Pumps – Nine West, thrifted (option, option)

For a dressed down ‘let’s go have fun look’, I’ve knotted the tunic at my hip and paired it with white capris, wedge flip-flops, and a straw tote.

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White capris – St John’s Bay (same); Wedge flip-flops – Teva (same); Straw tote – no label (similar, option)

Now, onto the Up, Down, All-Around link up for this week. My featured contributor from last week’s link-up is Kelsey at A Cup Of Tea With Kelsey. Right along with the theme of the link-up, Kelsey shows three different ways she is styling her lovely twirly skirt.

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Have you thought of how an item in your wardrobe could fit into all aspects of your life? How much of your style time is spent at work or at play or at having fun and does that reconcile with your clothing options?

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