How to Dress Up a Tunic

A long necklace can dress up a tunic.

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While tops that hit midthigh might sound unflattering, tunics dressed up the right way can be anything but. Tunics are a longer version of shirts, and can have embellishments and patterns to make them stand out. Even if your tunic is a solid color with nothing extra to it, you can layer or accessorize to dress it up so it can take you from day to night.

The Right Pants

Since tunics can have a drape-y effect, wearing them with skinny pants or leggings in a luxe fabric can dress up your outfit. For example, pair a matte jersey tunic with a pair of jersey or velvet pants. Finish off the look with a pair of to-die-for high heels -- maybe pumps in the same color as your pants? -- to give you an elongated look.

Layer Laws

Knowing when and how to layer can be tough. You don’t want to look too bulky, plus you want to keep things stylish. To dress up your tunic, try wrapping a large silk scarf around your neck several times. Then add a larger belt wrapped around your waist and over your scarf to complete the look. To add pizzazz, dress up your look with a metallic belt. Position the belt at your natural waist, right above your belly button.

Accessorize With Flair

Since you’re dressing up your tunic, don’t be afraid to add a dramatic accessory. Try chandelier earrings -- nothing like multitiered jewels that dangle from your earlobes. Another option is a super-long pendant with a design that you like, from a palm tree to a globe. If your tunic has some soft draping to it, such as an extra panel of fabric, pin a decorative brooch on the end of the draping for added drama.

Wear As a Dress

If you have the legs, you can flaunt a tunic as a dress. Wear a pair of patterned tights underneath. Since shorter hemlines are always in style when you have the legs to back it up, a tunic worn as a dress doesn’t scream “I just came from work.” Wear pumps or knee-high boots to pull the look together.

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