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Like most women, my weight isn't always consistent. But what is consistent, however, is that I feel confident in 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 when I'm feeling bloated or would rather cover my rear.
While I'm obsessed with this eye-catching $21 bohemian tunic with 3,000 reviews, 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 at Nordstrom
The only time Nordstrom has ever let me down is when I realized we didn't have one in Montana. That said, I prefer shopping online anyway. Within seconds of scrolling through long-sleeve tops on the site, I landed on this Perfect Henley Tunic from All in Favor.
While I've never heard of the All in Favor brand, it looked exactly like the type of tunic I was searching for — simple, solid and stylish enough to warrant more than 4,100 reviews. It has about a 4.3-star average rating, which is pretty high when you consider how many body types are out there.
I'm surprised I got it for just $25
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 $25.
The original price is $42, but there are fiver colors currently 40 percent off: Black, Ivory, Quail, Red Rumba and Faded Rose, which is the color I opted for. Well, it's the first color I opted for. At this price, I won't feel guilty about starting a collection.
I can wear it in multiple ways
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 solid, I can pair it with my patterned leggings (I even have a pair of elephant print leggings). But since it's silky, I can also use it to dress up a pair of distressed jeans. Tucked in, it even works with my favorite pair of boyfriend jeans and can be used as a swimsuit cover-up in the summer. 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 percent 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
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 layer under jackets. It's loose enough to feel like loungewear, but it has a flattering split neck with band collar so it looks like a blouse.
And as if all of that isn't enough, I can wear it 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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