Is a Tunic For You?

tory-burch-tunicTunics date back to Ancient Greece and were popular with hippies in the 70′s. Today they’re popular as ever thanks in large part to designer Tory Burch, who has made them part of her signature style. If you’re wondering what to wear this weekend, a tunic is a great choice.

Here are a few tips on how to find the right one for your body type.

Pear Shape – You have a small waist but you are wide on the bottom. Choose a tunic that:

  • in more A-line than straight up and down
  • falls below you widest area, not right at it so as not to emphasize your weight
  • has some embellishment up at the neckline to draw the eye up
  • has side vents so your tunic does not cling

Apple Shape - You have a large tummy and chest, but great legs. Choose a tunic that:

  • does not cling
  • is not big and billowy
  • has an open v-neck top to show some skin and reduce top-heaviness
  • if possible has vertical lines to lengthen you out

Inverted Triangle – Your shoulders are wider that your hips. Choose a tunic that:

  • does not have a lot of detail or embellishment up top near the neckline or shoulders that would make you look wider
  • has an open neckline to break up your wide shoulders
  • does not have horizontal lines- they will make yo look wider 

Rectangle- Your bust waist and hips are about the same.

Tunics were made for you! Have fun.

Hourglass – Your hips and bust are about equal and you have a small defined waist

If you are very curvy this look might not be for you because it hides your cute figure. Sometimes you can find a more fitted tunic that nips in a bit at the waist that can work or you may want to belt your tunic.

Petite  – The shorter you are, the shorter the tunic should be. Ideally it should hit at the hip. If you are taller it can hit below the hip and as low as mid-thigh.

Once you have the right shape, what do you wear a tunic with?


Stay away from baggy or wide pants or you will look wide and fumpy. Tunics look best worn with skinny jeans ( white is always nice in summer) clam diggers or leggings.


As for shoes, you can wear: slim tall boots, shoes with a bit of a heel to help make you look longer and leaner, or you can go with a flat shoe or sandal which is more casual.


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  1. Very Interestig tunic article for tunics for women after 40. My view is that tunics suit everyone as that loose flowing tunic top style makes the petite ladies look pretty and flirty and the plus size women look sleek, beautiful and stylish. I am a tunic lover!