10 Ways to Wear the White Tunic (aka One of My Favorite Tops)

Today’s remix features this white tunic, which is one of my favorite tops in my closet, in a whopping 10 outfits!  I’ve been referring to this top recently and have been excited to show you this remix.  If you want one of the most versatile tops out there, this white tunic is it.  
First, let me tell you why I love it.  When I first bought it a few years ago during a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I didn’t think much of it.  I knew I needed more basics in my closet, but I was like, “Ehhh, a plain white top, big deal.”  I didn’t know how to use plain pieces back then, and I had even less of an understanding about how not all tops are equal–how it drapes and other things like that matter!
And one of the things I love about this top is its drape.  It’s loose and relaxed–not too stuffy–yet can be worn in business casual outfits or dressed down in casual outfits thanks to that relaxed feel.  Also, it is quite long and many people wear it full tunic-length, but I love tucking this in the front and blousing it out.  Because this top drapes so well, it lays flat when you tuck it and blouse it out rather than poofing out awkwardly like stiffer tops do.  It also helps that it’s so long because there’s more material to blouse out.  
I named it as one of my top 5 Tops That Will Make You Look Effortlessly Put Together last week, and I have this in both white and blush (see all the colors HERE) and have the shorter version in black and olive.  (Exact shorter version HERE.  Super similar shorter version HERE.)  It’s just as easy to throw on with jeans as a plain tee, but it looks so much more polished.  You can also dress it up in business casual looks as you’ll see below!
SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually wear 6/8 or S/M.  I wear this top in M even though it’s oversized.  Size S fit alright, but I liked how M fit my shoulders better.  See all the colors HERE.  

P.S. This says “dry clean,” but I usually hand wash and air dry, but several times have accidentally machine washed and machine dried and my tops still look new after several years.  Several other PMT readers have said they have had these for years, always machine wash/dry, and theirs look new. Of course, do that all at your own risk, but from my experience they have been very easy to maintain. 
Onto the looks!

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white blouse + distressed jeans + nude flats + large handbag
Distressed Jeans + White Blouse + Nude Flats + Brown Bag
I’m showing this look first so that you can see the top without a completer piece.  See how it just drapes effortlessly?  Worn with the comfiest flats I’ve ever owned (HERE) this is an easy outfit for running errands, comfy enough to chase my toddler, but also polished enough to go out to lunch with friends!
Shop the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size M)
Jeans: Old Navy (similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 8.5)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (similar)
Camel jacket + gray jeans + white blouse + leopard bag
gray jeans + leopard bag + leather jacket + white blouse
All neutrals with a pop of print for a date night!  I loooove mixing cognac and grey, and this white tunic is the perfect light neutral to break them up.  
Shop the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size M)
Jacket: Forever 21 (similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (almost exact; similar)
Shoes: c/o Naturalizer
Bag: c/o Grey Monroe (similar)
White Blazer + White Blouse + Olive jeans + Nude Pumps
Olive Jeans + White Blouse + White Blazer + Nude Pumps
Here’s a business casual look with a white blazer.  If you’re worried about the tunic being long in the back, especially when you need more polish or when paired with completer pieces, you can also do the same type of tuck in the back that you do in the front.  You can see in the sideview shot above that I’ve tucked the backside, and no one would ever know how long the top is.

Shop the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size M)
Blazer: c/o Shein (similar
Jeans: Old Navy (similar)
Shoes: Target (similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (similar)
Gray Cardigan + Leggings + White Blouse + Riding Boots
Riding boots + leggings + gray cardigan + blanket scarf
This is a super casual and cozy look from last winter.  The tunic here is at full length and great for covering your front and rear in leggings.  BTW though, these leggings are totally opaque, meant for working out, but completely matte and useable for everyday casual looks!  I’d still want to cover my rear a little, but knowing they’re not see-through provides double reassurance.
Shop the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size M)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (similar)
Leggings: Nordstrom (exact–wearing M) 
Scarf: Nordstrom 
Boots: Famous Footwear
Jeans + Mustard Cardigan + Blouse + Flats
Jeans + Flats + White Blouse + Long Cardigan
This top goes so well with all the oversized cardigans you can find.  In this look, I made it pop with some colorful flats.  
Shop the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size M)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (exact-in different colors, similar but more expensive) 
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 9)

Maroon Cardigan + jeans + booties + white blouse
Jeans + Booties + Maroon cardigan + White Blouse
Another jeans + cardigan look, but with booties instead of colored flats.  This top is so easy to wear!
Shop the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size M)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (similar
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar, similar)
Booties: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 8.5) 
Bag: Nordstrom (similar
Jeans + Boot + Blanket Scarf + White Blouse
Jeans + White Blouse + Blanket Scarf
If you don’t want to wear a cardigan or completer piece, a huge blanket scarf also works well with this tunic.  The tunic is a great backdrop for any scarf you’ve got!  
Shop the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size M)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similarsimilar)
Scarf: Amazon 
Bag: Nordstrom (similar
Boots: Nordstrom 
Pencil Skirt + Jean Jacket + White Blouse + Blush Pumps
Jean Jacket + Blush Pumps + Jean Jacket + White Blouse
Blush Pumps + Pencil Skirt + Jean Jacket
Even though this tunic is quite long, it easily tucks into a a skirt–even a fitted one.  You can pair it with a blazer for a more professional look, but I chose to dress down the look a bit with a denim jacket.  
Shop the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size M)
Jacket: Old Navy (similar)
Skirt: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 6)
Shoes: Nine West 
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Green Jacket + White Blouse + Jeans + Leopard Flats
Leopard Flats + Green jacket + White Blouse + jeans
Here’s another casual look with a utility jacket.  Added some leopard print shoes to bring a little life to the outfit! 
Shop the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size M)
Jacket: c/o Conversation Pieces (similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similarsimilar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Nordstrom (similar)

Blazer + White Blouse + Pendant Necklace + Black Jeans
Black Jeans + Leopard Flats + Oatmeal blazer + White blouse
Lastly, this is another business casual look with a knit blazer and these wonderful black skinny jeans that I mentioned in last week’s post on jeans that don’t sag.  
Shop the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size M)
Blazer: Nordstrom (exact–wearing XS)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 6) 
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact–size 9)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (similar)


You’ve got casual looks, business casual work looks, and looks for date night.  Are you convinced yet?  ðŸ˜€  Check out all the current colors HERE!
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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa
    September 12, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Okay, already! I just purchased it! I have been holding out on this one but this post convinced me!

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    IndiMom
    September 12, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Loved the outfits and this top, seriously thinking of adding it to my closet, but its on the pricier side for me to spend on a top so i wanted to see if you can answer me the following questions:
    1. Does it wrinkle after wash. I remember that you had posted that you wash it on the gentle cycle even if the top is mostly dry clean. What about ironing? Does it need ironing after each wash or wear? How much does it crease?
    2. Its a pretty long top so does it bunch when you tuck in the top especially on skinny jeans it usually makes me feel and look and a stuffed burrito 😉 hence the question. I know the material is thin so it might not be an issue but just want to check before i order.

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      September 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Hi!

      1. If it creases at all, it’s not much. At most it needs a really light steaming session in a few select places rather than an intense iron session. It doesn’t crease much through out the day.

      2. It doesn’t bunch much, however I guess it’d depend how tall you are. I’m 5’6″. If it bunched in a weird, noticeable way on me I would never wear this thing. It is quite long, but once it’s bloused out really only a few inches are actually tucked in. However, even in the pic with my pencil skirt where the top it tucked in more than with jeans, you still don’t see much “stuffing” even with a fitted skirt.

      Are you in the US? If so, Nordstrom has free shipping on all orders AND free return shipping. It comes with a free shipping label or you can always print one online, so you can try it at absolutely no cost and return it for free by mail if it doesn’t work for you.

      Hope that helps!

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        IndiMom
        September 13, 2017 at 6:58 am

        Thanks for the helpful reply! Love your blog!!

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    Lindsay 'Walker' Ward
    September 12, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Can you unbutton the tab on the sleeves?

  • Reply
    Mireille
    September 12, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I can see all of these looks working with the blush one which I have! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    yourfaceislikethesunshine
    September 12, 2017 at 10:05 am

    What a fantastic post! Can you tell me if this top is sheer? Living in humid Houston, I cannot stand the thought of having to wear a cami underneath. Thank you for your help!

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      September 12, 2017 at 10:34 am

      It is somewhat sheer in white. However, I am NOT wearing a cami underneath in outfits 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, and 10 if you want an example of what that would look like and how sheer that is.

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    Stacy Wilkins
    September 12, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Love all these looks! I SO wanted to like that white top, but it just did not work on my body type. Any suggestions for a similar look with a crew neck? I love the length, material, and tab sleeves!

  • Reply
    Bethany @ CuteCapsuleLife
    September 12, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Great outfits! Love them all!

  • Reply
    Bethany
    September 13, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Love those outfits! I’m officially inspired to find a flattering white top. 😉

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    Rhonda Brougher
    September 13, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    What color cami would you recommend for underneath?

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      September 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      I wear nude camis under almost everything.

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        Rhonda Brougher
        September 14, 2017 at 5:09 am

        Would you still wear the nude cami if that color shows quite a bit at the neckline? Or should I go for white in that case?

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          Audrey @ Putting Me Together
          September 14, 2017 at 5:43 am

          Hard to say! I wear nude because that blends with my skin better. Also, this top is ivory and not a bright white, so I’m not sure how that’d look with a white cami. I’d just try both colors and see which works better.

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    Hannah Jahn
    September 14, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Hi, I love your page, very inspiring, thank you so much!
    I really like the white tunic, however can only find it on the Nordstrom page listed as “Ivory” and don’t like any creamy whites. Is yours called “ivory” too or did there used to be a “white” option?

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    Mina
    September 14, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I really love this blouse! Ordered it, and I love the fit. However……the small pocket seems/looks a bit off. I am torn whether to keep it or exchange for an almost similar style without the pockets. Does the pocket bother you? I guess if you’re wearing cardigan or a jacket it’s not obvious. What do you think?

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      September 14, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Mina! Personally the pocket doesn’t bother me (or else I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favorite tops!) 🙂

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        MIna
        September 15, 2017 at 2:28 am

        🙂

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    Geneane Walsh-Mak
    September 15, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Ok, I am obsessed. I got this blouse, wit and wisdom jeans, and the knot tee. I love them all.

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    Lisa Johnson LeCarre
    September 19, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    I love the fact that you are a “normal” girl with a “normal” wardrobe – just like me! That makes your advice so much easier to accept and love. I’m a little bit older (just a wee, wee, wee, bit) which makes my attempts to build a wardrobe a little bit trickier, but I am excited to be able to have a starting point for finally getting fashion looks I love!

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      September 20, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you so much, Lisa! I’m so glad you’re drawing some inspiration from the blog. 😀 Good luck building your wardrobe! Not sure if you saw my recent post about the Fall Outfit Challenge, but if you participate it in and join the FB group that comes with it, you’ll find a LOT of inspiration from women who are around your age (we have women up to their mid 60s in the group!) That might help you figure out what kind of wardrobe you want to build, and even though everyone’s style is a bit different, the common thread among us all is that “normal” girl style.

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      ladyj
      November 26, 2017 at 11:22 am

      What does normal girl style mean. Iam not exactly sure what that means . I’ve learn to wear what you like. Style is not being like everyone else.not is being your best self.

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    ladyj
    November 26, 2017 at 11:22 am

    What does normal girl style mean.

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