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“I just want to be comfortable.” This is the phrase I hear most when shopping with friends. Comfort is more important than anything to the middle aged woman. Good news is… even fashion designer, Vera Wang, said, “A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.”
The challenge then is to find that comfort without wearing pajama pants, ripped jeans, and moo-moos for anything other than lounging around the house.
I happen to believe our comfort level rises when we feel confident and strong in our clothes. There are many garments which scream comfort and are preferred for that reason. One of those is the tunic.
Since bohemian-style is back in a big way, so are tunics. However, this is a garment which can go terribly wrong if we do not pay attention to a few details beginning in the retail dressing room.
- By design, a tunic is an oversized garment. However, if too oversized, the wearer will look larger than their actual body size. For most tunics, I purchase one or two sizes down. It is imperative to try them on before buying. The best designs stop at the bottom of the hip/top of the thigh. A sheer material tunic which reveals a figure flattering tank or top underneath can be an excellent, sexy style. Take several sizes of the tunic and the tank into the dressing room.
- Since a tunic is larger, make sure the bottom garment fits your figure well. Tunics typically look better when styled with a tight fitting pant or leggings. It helps to balance the body with long pants. Again, wearing a tunic with shorts or skirts can give the appearance of a larger person underneath. This advice is mainly for a curvy woman, like me.
- The most stylish tunics are solid neutrals. Be careful with large, colorful prints which will overwhelm the woman.
- When wearing a tunic, keep accessories minimal. Again with lots of fabric, and lots of accessories the woman is lost.
- Tunics are really for weekends, vacations, running errands or casual dates. Most are not for professional wear or fancy occasions. Use a tunic to upgrade your casual styles.
For some inspiration, check out this Pinterest Board on Tunics .
They are great for comfort…it is a garment I love, but I have learned from experience to pay attention to these details.
What are your thoughts? Tunics? Yes or No?