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This Evelust Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic is my 'wardrobe workhorse'

From leggings to distressed jeans — this top literally goes with everything.
Writer Katie Jackson wearing a pink tunic outside, from Amazon and walking her dog in the tunic
TODAY Illustration / Courtesy Katie Jackson
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When it comes to finding versatile clothing that can fit any season or occasion, you can't go wrong with a tunic. It's the perfect top for days when I'm torn between wearing a blouse and a dress — and it's also my go-to piece for when I'm feeling bloated or would rather cover my rear.

While my wardrobe is filled with a few different versions of the style, I was recently in the market for a solid tunic I could pair with more looks and wear practically anywhere. In other words, I needed a wardrobe workhorse.

I'm not surprised I found it on Amazon

Let's face it, the online retailer hardly ever lets me down. Within seconds of scrolling through long-sleeve tops, I landed on this perfect tunic from Evelust.

Evelust Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic

While I've never heard of the brand, it looked exactly like the type of tunic I was searching for — simple, solid and stylish enough to warrant more than 1,100 five-star ratings.

I'm surprised I got it for just $21

If I were to walk into Banana Republic or J.Crew, I could easily see this top going for $60. In a boutique in Aspen or the Hamptons? I would imagine the price tag would be in the triple digits. But I paid just $21.

The color I opted for (a gorgeous Faded Rose) is no longer available, but the versatile top is available in five other shades that are just as stunning: Ivory White, Olive, Black, Wine Red and Yellow. At this price, I won't feel guilty about starting a collection.

I can wear it in multiple ways

All in Favor Perfect Henley Tunic in Faded Rose
I love how I can dress up a pair of distressed jeans with this tunic and some silver jewelry.Katie Jackson

I go through phases where I only wear leggings or I refuse to go out in anything other than skinny jeans. Fortunately, this tunic can work with both. Since it's a solid color, I can pair it with my patterned leggings. But it's also silky, so I can use it to dress up a pair of distressed jeans. And during the summer, I can even wear it as a swimsuit cover-up. It's light, breezy and, thanks to roll-tab cuffs, I can liberate the forearms for a more casual, relaxed look.

Dry clean only OR wash on gentle

While the laundering instructions say dry clean only, I took the risk of washing mine in my machine. As I expected, it came out just fine. I washed it on a gentle cycle with a high-quality laundry detergent and let it air dry. The fabric — 100% polyester — is too sheer and delicate for me to want to iron it, but it's not wrinkle prone, and I don't mind bringing out a steamer if it occasionally needs a little help.

Why it's the perfect wardrobe workhorse

All in Favor Perfect Henley Tunic in Faded Rose
I tucked my tunic into a pair of black leather leggings and was more ready for our neighborhood walk than my dog was.Katie Jackson

As a travel writer, I spend at least nine months of the year living out of one suitcase. Anything I pack has to go through a serious vetting process primarily based on how often I'll be able to wear it. This tunic meets all of the criteria. I can wear it on the weekend or on a weekday. It looks at home in a business meeting or on the beach. It's easy to layer over tank tops or under jackets. It's loose enough to feel like loungewear, but easily passes as a blouse with its flattering split neck and band collar.

All in Favor Perfect Henley Tunic in Faded Rose
How is it possible to feel this glamorous in a $21 tunic?Katie Jackson

And as if all of that isn't enough, I can even wear this tunic if I ever have a baby. One online reviewer raved about how easy it is to breastfeed in, and if that's not a ringing endorsement for a wardrobe workhorse then I don't know what is.

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This article was originally published on Sept. 19, 2019.