WIW 08.09+ [tunic, cropped pants and jacket]

Another inspiring post from Angie this morning (of course)! The tunic with cropped pants and jacket formula has been on my radar for a couple seasons now, especially the very dramatic versions with the loooong tunic as in the post. Last fall I finally found a fab longer semi-sheer olive tunic with which to sport it and have been happily wearing the combo since.

Today (#1-2) I went with cropped black pants and an acid wash denim vest for a warm but somewhat stormy "fall is definitely on its way" sort of day. Opted for flats, though if I were sitting more of the day I'd have gone with my charcoal boiled wool pumps. Accented with more silvery elements to go with the vest and flats (holographic clutch, giant hoops, fox ring) and finished with a swipe of cherry lip gloss.

Posting some other outfits with this formula I've worn in addition to today's outfit for fun, #3-9 ^^ I'm happy with how much variation I've been able to get out of what is essentially the same outfit, especially since it utilizes the same big impact piece though I certainly wouldn't complain if another lovely long tunic crossed my path. And after looking through these I'm keen on trying this tunic with my orange kick crops!

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome.

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  • Jenn replied 3 years ago

    I had to go back and double-check that it really was the same tunic in all these photos. You always see those "one piece, x ways" articles, and it never seems to work out that well in real life. These really look like different, unique outfits. A workhorse, for sure. I especially like the open/closed pairing in #3.

  • Tanya replied 3 years ago

    What a fabulous set of outfits with that lovely olive tunic, Aida!  Love each and every one of them, and today's version is especially fab.  I hope you find another great tunic soon!

  • Muffin replied 3 years ago

    That tunic has served you well! Particularly like #6 but would love to see with your orange kick crops too.

  • Maneera replied 3 years ago

    Seriously.... Your styling makes this look like different tunics!! You really are a master of proportions, fit & color flattery, Aida. I love the interesting ways you've paired the tunic here with a variety of shapes & colors....very inspiring. I really must learn multiple ways to wear each piece of clothing I love! For me #1, 5, 7 & 8 really stand out. Just FAB!

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    What a great collection of looks from this one tunic, Aida. You are such a mix-mistress! I love today's version with the cropped slim pants and vest. It's a good outfit for a warm-ish day. Of the others, my favorite is 7 with the cropped top over the tunic. That's a silhouette I'd like to try, but I don't know that I have any tops that short.

  • Brooklyn replied 3 years ago

    What Jenn said. I am amazed at the variety of looks you have achieved with the one tunic (and what a great tunic). These are all great, but my fave is the first.

  • Summer replied 3 years ago

    I'm taking plenty of inspiration from this, Aida.  All versions are beautiful on you, and you manage to create such a variety of looks. Really lovely.

  • Sally replied 3 years ago

    I like all of them but really love the first with the denim vest and the one with the red blazer...it really stands out.  

  • Jane replied 3 years ago

    You've really shown what a flexible colour olive is. I agree with Sally it looks lovely with the red jacket.

  • skylurker replied 3 years ago

    Thank you very much for this post, so interesting to see the different proportions at play here. I don't get this outfit formula, and I needed the education.

    I like the proportions with the cropped top #3&7 and the longer blazer #5.

    Of the outfits closer to the original formula, with cropped jackets, the low contrast #6,8,9 are the most pleasing to my eyes.

  • bella replied 3 years ago

    I really like #7. There is something really original and interesting about the proportions and the mix of silhouettes in that outfit. 

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    Wow so much variety within the parameters and with the same tunic! My favorites are 8,7,1 but ask me tomorrow and the others might come first.

  • replied 3 years ago

    I think my favourite is 4, because the jeans are really nice and the pattern mixing is interesting.
    I really like the proportions a tunic gives, and hope to recreate your moto/tunic combo myself this fall. Still too early for that here though :-)

  • Sara L. replied 3 years ago

    Wow, this is a great collection of outfits!  I have the cropped pants and long tunic pieces but I don't have any short jackets.  I was curious whether it would work without one but now that I see all your outfits, I don't think so.  The jacket seems key.

  • texstyle replied 3 years ago

    Great examples Aida - I have a long olive linen tunic and this gives me some ideas which is much appreciated. I esp. love #1 and #7.

  • Cococat replied 3 years ago

    Wow, so many different looks from the tunic. I love it with the tomato jacket the most, but everything else is fab too. You always get the proportions perfectly.

  • Lisa replied 3 years ago

    A great collection of outfits with a long tunic!

  • Aida replied 3 years ago

    Thanks for all the feedback ladies! Fun to hear everyone's outfit preferences. #6-8 were most popular ^^ From a wearing-it perspective, my favorites were #1, #7 and #9. In addition to trying a version with the orange kick crops I also want to try a very voluminous version over my navy culottes :D

    Sharan, it took me a long time to find a cropped enough sweater for this look! Two years I searched, and randomly found this at Plato's Closet -- and it's from Target ;) The sweater is basically too short to wear with anything else, other than truuuuuly high waisted bottoms but it's just so good with this look that I am OK with its limited function in my wardrobe. Perhaps try a petite top?

    Skylurker, as with all these outfit formulas there's some leeway, so definitely using a knee-length tunic would shift the proportions pretty dramatically especially if you're shorter (I'm 5'3") as does using a longer topper. That more dramatic rendition is a little tougher to get, I think.

    Smittie, I had to go back and look for the pattern mix in #4! My mix affinity is soooo high I actually consider that a fully solid outfit ;)

    Sara, give the formula a try with a longer jacket!

  • kerlyn replied 3 years ago

    Wow!  So much variety!  Seconding what Jenn and Maneera said.  And my favorite is #1, although all of them are lovely.

  • Mirjana replied 3 years ago

    I love, love all outfits so many ideas how to wear that, you really inspired me to try some of them.

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    SO GORGEOUS. All Killer, Aida. I have special love for #6 (you knew that). And how many pairs of shoes do we now? MANY. I see you got the white Okalas too! My Little Style Sis. Wave to Tanya, my other Little Style Sis. 

  • Chris987 replied 3 years ago

    Great looks every single one! This is a terrific set of ideas for wearing olive which Makes me want to wear more of it....you really came up with a LOT of variety

  • Aida replied 3 years ago

    Thanks ladies! Glad to hear you're all enjoying the little collection.

    Angie, too many pairs probably -- And of course I am very interested in the two light booties you posted about trying this morning ;)

  • JAileen replied 3 years ago

    That really is amazing how versatile the tunic is! I think my favorites are 6 and 8.

  • Aida replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, JA!

  • bonnie replied 3 years ago

    So, now I need an olive tunic - yours is a great layering piece and works with so many different colors. Lots of inspiration, here.

  • Beth Ann replied 3 years ago

    Such beautiful examples of the ensemble post!  I love how well you've incorporated crop flares, too.  You have a gift for making each iteration of a formula unique and fresh.

  • Karie replied 3 years ago

    I love all the different ways you have styled this tunic. My favorites are #1 and #9. Now I need to get a long tunic immediately!

  • Aida replied 3 years ago

    Thanks Bonnie, Beth Ann, and Karie!

  • Angela K replied 3 years ago

    Love the tunic on you in all the outfits but especially with the red jacket. I can't wait to see how it plays with the orange crops.

  • catgirl replied 3 years ago

    I thought I commented already. Running out of superlatives to describe your outfits! The white is so fresh and cool on you.

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