Somewhere between the sophistication of a dress and the comfort of a blouse lies a tunic. Originally popular in the mod era of the 1960s, tunics reemerged in the last few years to great fanfare and fashionable upgrades. Because tunics can be worn as a dress or a top, it's important to know how to style them for the greatest impact. Knowing what to wear over your tunic is the first step to creating a winning look.
Add an instant element of hippie chic by pairing your tunic with a vest. There are a few ways to successfully rock this look that are appropriate for various occasions and times of day. For a look that's fitting for the office or a casual outing, try vests that are understated in pattern and color. Subtle pinstripes, buttons and muted tones in black, gray, tan or navy work well to keep things simple and chic. As the sun sets, amp up your tunic with vests that feature details and embellishments, such as sequins, studs, fringe and bold colors such as cobalt blue, red, Kelly green and yellow.
A jacket is not only a great layering; it's also an essential fashion staple that belongs in your closet year round. Give your tunic a sophisticated or edgy look with the addition of a jacket in a varying style. Some quick tips will help you choose the right jacket for the right occasion. Make sure your jacket is significantly shorter than your tunic. This should be pretty easy to achieve because most tunics fall right around the top of the hip, so your jacket should hit you at your waist. Also, feel free to play with style, texture and color when selecting a jacket. For an edgy look, a leather jacket is equally fashionable and glamorous. To take your tunic to the office, try a cropped blazer or cardigan. If you want a little drama for evening, jackets with bold colors, sequins and other embellishments will put you at the center of attention.
Tunics can be roomy and at times oversized, which may hide the contours of your lovely figure. If this is an issue, simply take a belt and cinch things in to highlight your sexy waist. The belt width, style and texture depend on the type of tunic you're wearing. Wearing a tunic in a solid color allows more freedom with your belt choice, so thin and thick styles work, as well as those with added details. For tunics that feature bold patterns, prints and colors, keep your belt simple and understated because you don't want it to compete with the detail of the tunic. Also, it's best to keep your belt width to a medium or small size while sporting this look.
Fashionable, easy and personalized, a scarf is a perfect way to accessorize your tunic. Scarves are a must-have fashion piece that can be worn year round and look incredibly chic when paired with a tunic. During the cooler months, heavier scarves in knit, wool and sweater material are great to layer over your tunic. However, when temperatures rise, choose lighter fabrics and bright colors that reflect the season's color palette. Also, have fun incorporating texture and details into your scarf for a truly personalized look.