Fashion Thesaurus: Five Ways of Styling a Tunic

I was instantly attracted to the Gap pintucked print dress when I saw it in-store.  It has three-quarter blouson sleeves, a banded round neckline, a button-down henley placket, and an allover chevron style print.

When I spotted the dress, I immediately started visualizing outfit possibilities.  It looks good on its own, but with minor styling, the dress easily transforms into the perfect look for many summer occasions.  This dress, then, is the center of today’s Fashion Thesaurus.

1.  Outdoor festival or summer by the sea

Hat—Walmart (similar), Belt—The Limited (similar)
Sandals—MICHAEL Michael Kors via Marshalls,
Bag—MICHAEL Michael Kors via eBay,
Earrings—Kendra Scott “Nyla”,
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx
Sunglasses—Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom Rack

2.  Stylish summer at the office

Cardigan—Old Navy, Scarf—The Limited, Belt—Talbots Outlet,
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx,
Earrings—Kendra Scott ‘Danielle’,
Bag—Philip Lawrence via Imperfect Concepts,
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx

3.  Movie night

Jeans—Elle via Kohls, Scarf—Marshalls, Belt—Marshalls,
Clutch—Aldo, Shoes—Max Studio via Marshalls,
Earrings—Kendra Scott ‘Danielle’,
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx

4.  Casual Friday

Scarf—The Limited, Belt—Banana Republic Factory Store,
Shoes—Coach via Marshalls, Earrings—Kendra Scott “Nyla”,
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx

5.  Running errands (wear the dress as is)

Bag—MICHAEL Michael Kors via Nordstrom (similar),
Shoes—Kanna via Marshalls, Earrings—Kendra Scott ‘Danielle’,
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx

This Gap pintucked print dress also comes in orange.  Both colors are currently sold out online, but are still available in-store.

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  1. April 9, 2012 / 2:09 pm

    I like them all but my favorite is the office look – I am loving the green-on-green mix! I had an acid green scarf out with emerald green pants the other day and decided against it at the last minute… now I might revist that though!

    • April 10, 2012 / 12:01 am

      That's a fave of mine too! You should definitely rock that green with green…sounds fantastic!

  2. April 9, 2012 / 2:24 pm

    Very versatile piece. Nice post.

    • April 10, 2012 / 12:15 am

      Yes. Yes. It is quite versatile indeed. I've been requiring this type of versatility of all new wardrobe additions 🙂

  3. April 9, 2012 / 4:27 pm

    Great variety!

  4. Anonymous
    April 9, 2012 / 5:03 pm

    this is hilarious. I was just at Gap picking up shorts for my son and scored that adorable grey & navy striped sweater you wore a few weeks back (which I would have never bought unless I saw it on you). I saw this exact green shirt/tunic and thought "what the heck am I supposed to do with THIS?" and walked away. Now you tell me all the possibilities… and now I love it. funny timing.

    • April 9, 2012 / 5:09 pm

      Hahaha! Funny timing indeed. This dress does look a little drab on the hanger. I had already tried on another pintucked dress and was surprised to like it, so I immediately saw potential when I spotted this print one. The dress is big, so I sized down to an XS (and I'm no XS).

      Congrats on scoring the navy striped sweater btw! Its so gorgeous. I see that they've been marked down further in-store too.

  5. April 9, 2012 / 6:04 pm

    Love that you are showing this as a top and as a dress…how awesome!

    • April 10, 2012 / 12:16 am

      Thanks. And, wearing it as a top was actually necessary because it has gotten strangely cold here.

  6. April 9, 2012 / 6:57 pm

    Great job as usual!! I brought a Dress from H&M wearing it to a wedding this weekend! I need your help with accessories and shoes(color and style)!!

    • April 10, 2012 / 12:18 am

      Thanks. Sure, Sandie. Just let me know. You can either email me a picture or link (if it's online), or you can post a pic on the EOS Facebook page (

    • April 11, 2012 / 3:48 am

      Thanks hun! posting on FB! It's a small wedding for a older lady (30 people). I found this little dress and thought I could just wear it? let me know what you think please…

  7. April 9, 2012 / 8:09 pm

    Nice looks!

    • April 10, 2012 / 12:31 am

      Thanks, Mica! I'm working on streamlining my wardrobe. Remixing my basics has been fun and enlightening.

    • Anonymous
      April 10, 2012 / 2:50 am

      I am just loving all the looks. My favorite is the outdoor festival. I didn't think that the one piece can be so versatile. Now I will be revamping my outfits.

  8. Anonymous
    April 10, 2012 / 2:11 am

    Wow!!! Great post. All of these outfits look great! Way to redo it right!

    • April 11, 2012 / 2:49 pm

      Haha. Stay strong, girl! I've tried shopping bans..they weren't very successful. Lol.

  9. April 11, 2012 / 1:31 am

    Love all the looks but #3 movie night is my fave!! Great style 😉


    • April 11, 2012 / 2:50 pm

      Thanks! The dress works surprisingly well as a top in that look.