The Versatile Tunic || Pieces For Work + Play

I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to write about today. When I tossed this tunic and embroidered denim jacket on, all I knew is that I loved both pieces, and that the tunic was a great versatile piece. Then, someone sent me a message requesting that I share some workwear inspiration (since, you know, these shorts aren’t exactly workplace friendly….). So, while today’s outfit is not work appropriate (at all), I thought I’d take a moment to chat a little about how I went about picking out workwear pieces when I worked a traditional 9-5 job, and a few items I’d buy now…..

When I first started working, I always cringed at the idea of spending money on formal workwear pieces. The thought of not being able to wear them for the more “fun” events in life made me feel like it was a waste (I know this is faulty logic…. spending 40 hours a week in those clothing items wasn’t a waste….). Luckily, I worked in a semi-casual work environment (jeans were okay), so, I did have a little flexibility there. Given that, my one rule was that the items I purchased needed to be versatile enough to pair with “workwear” pieces and “weekend” wear. This tunic would have fit the bill perfectly. It easily tucks in for a more formal office setting, or front tuck it in a semi-casual office. Then, pair it like I did here on the weekend… or to grab a post-dinner casual glass of wine or dinner. I guess the key for me was to always find those pieces that easily transitioned from work to play….

And while I plan to put together a full post in the next couple of weeks, I wanted to share several items that I found that are versatile enough for a work/play wardrobe. I think a good flat is a must. This scalloped pair (almost identical to the Chloé ones) is a great option, as are these mules (I personally own and love these). I also think a plain white button up shirt is classic for the work environment, and easily dresses down with a pair of denim shorts. A lightweight, mid-length cardigan is a nice top layer for cold AC offices, and super cute when paired off duty with leggings, denim shorts, or a simple tank dress (which I bought when I was pregnant and still love). I also adore the step-hem of these structured cropped capris, and the relaxed fit of these drawstring pants and  elastic waist pants. All can be worn with sneakers and slides on the weekends, with a basic v-neck tee or tank, and all three come in petite sizes. I also think this lace appliqué tank, flutter sleeve top, eyelet tank, and off white tunic are great, dual role, options.

(Outfit Details || Tunic (several color options, on sale, under $30) | Jacket (part of N. Sale, under $50) | Shorts | Sandals | Sunglasses | Bead Necklace | Crescent Necklace | Tote)


  1. Thank you thank you for this post especially! I love the ability to wear these pieces for work, play and even out on a soccer field on the weekends!! Much appreciated. 🙂

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      I am so happy it was a helpful post Teri! I think it’s so important to have versatile items in your closet… that way you can wear your favorites over and over again!! Thank you for letting me know too!

  2. Ahhh! I have this tunic in a few colors and have NEVER worn it this way — great idea!

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      Isn’t is the best Marcia?! And thank you, always looking for pieces to pair with these tried and true denim shorts (which I seriously wear allll the time!).