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Wearing tunics this fall

woman wearing a white button-down tunic and black pants

Misses tunics are fabulous clothing pieces in every season, and fall is no exception. Why are they so great? Beyond being extremely versatile, they are also flowing and flexible, meaning you can stay on-trend and comfortable, all at the same time! Here’s how you can incorporate these integral wardrobe items into your fall closet:

Let’s start from the beginning: What is a tunic?

Is it a shirt? Is it a dress? Well, it’s a mix between the two. Even though it has a longer length, similar to a dress, you should always wear a tunic with a solid pair of pants, rather than with tights or going with bare legs. At least that’s how it’s worn today.

Tunics have transcended history and have been a staple in wardrobes for thousands of years. Though it was originally intended to be worn by both men and women, in the U.S. today, tunics are typically only donned by ladies. This fashion-forward item comes in tons of styles, fits and colors, but the main characteristics are it’s between-hip-and-knee length and flowing fit.

woman wearing a Bright Aztec Top

Which tunic is right for me?

Our tunics are created with comfort, durability and trending styles in mind, so any one you find is sure to flatter your figure. However, you can use your body type to select one that best enhances your shape. For example, a woman with an hourglass shape may benefit from the flowing fit of a tunic, but a detailed neckline can draw too much attention to her wider top half. Instead, she can focus on highlighting her small waist by wrapping a belt around the smallest part of her middle. Someone with an oval body shape, on the other hand, may want to put more effort into finding a neckline that makes her look taller. A tunic with a scoop or V neck can instantly elongate her neck.

woman wearing a black & yellow tunic

How do I wear a tunic in fall?

Tunics are great transitional pieces that can take your wardrobe from season to season. For fall, it all starts with adding extra layers to stay warm during the chiller months. If you want to get the most out of your tunic this fall, make sure you have these other items in your closet, too.

A sleek pair of pants: Wear your tunic with a comfortable pair of stretch skinny jeans. The neutral denim will pair perfectly with any color tunic, and you’ll stay warm with the thicker layer on the bottom. However, you’ll want to opt for a pair of pants that cinches at your ankle, especially when your top has a flowing hemline. Too much volume in these areas can widen your bottom half, so let your tunic be the one to carry all that flowing detail.

woman wearing a paisley tunic

A fall jacket: Remember, a statement jacket is crucial for rocking the runway in fall, and you can easily incorporate this item into your ensemble when you wear a tunic. It’s the length of the jacket that really matters. To stay warm while you go out for a night on the town with your girlfriends, opt for a chain link leather jacket that hits right at your waist. Falling below the hips will accentuate the widest part of your bottom, but having the jacket hemline land a little higher will highlight your small middle. However, you can work the same logic by opting for a jacket that falls right at your knees. The longer length will keep you warmer, and the having it hit right where your leg naturally narrows will create a slimming style.

Fall accessories: Bump up the already on-trend look of a tunic with some stylish fall accessories, such as a knit hat. Not only does this item keep you warm, but it also adds some feminine flair to your look. Scarves are another great warm-accessory option to pair with tunics this season, and they can help enhance your figure. For example, a long dangling scarf will keep your neck warm, and the vertical lines of the accessories will elongate your shape. You can also wrap an infinity scarf around your neck to add volume to your top half and counterbalance a wider bottom.

woman wearing a scarf with a tunic

What shoes do I wear with tunics?

The answer depends on where you’re going. Are you headed to a day at the office? A tunic is comfortable, but it can also deliver a professional vibe with the right footwear and bottoms. Opt for black leggings (as long as your bottom is covered) that mimic dress pants, and pair the look with closed-toe pumps. The heel will get your outfit workplace ready and the added height will instantly slim your figure.

Do you want to look fashion-forward on a Saturday afternoon? Make your outfit both casual and chic with a pair of fall ankle boots. Your feet will stay toasty warm in a pair of genuine leather footwear all while you showcase a fun fall style.

Tunics are universally flattering for every shape. Make the most of this versatile clothing piece by adding it to your fall wardrobe.

woman wearing a tunic and jeans

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Published on Sep 04 2015

Last Updated on Dec 30 2015

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