How To: Dress Up a Tunic

As a stylist it’s kind of my job to think that tunics are a no-no fashion world. However, because I work as a personal stylist, I totally understand the necessity of a comfortable tunic.  Tunic tops are not only comfortable and casual, they are easily dressed up for a date night or day at the office.

A common pairing with a tunic is leggings. This is a great combination (because leggings aren’t exactly pants now are they?) but it can it can also be a risky. Wearing a shirt that is too long can make your legs appear short and stumpy. A tunic that is too long can also accentuate your backside making it look larger than it needs to be.

Also, pair tunics with skinny jeans or cigarette pants in a solid color to balance the billowy top.

KEEP IT CLASSIC

Wear a long tunic dress with accessories for a dressier look. Pair it with a fun statement necklace like the Aida Tassel Necklace, bracelets and a striped clutch.

photo credit: lawren bagley

photo credit: lawren bagley

A long necklace, such as the Stella & Dot Rebel Pendant, pulls a tunic together and brings the eye down to create length in a look.

BELT IT

Adding a belt to your look will define your waist and create a more polished look. Play with the belt placement as well. A low slung belt won’t define the waist but can be quite stylish.

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One of the keys to wearing leggings is proportion. Try them with boots and a big sweater. If you are long waisted/above 5'3", try belting the sweater. Don't feel comfortable about your thighs? Try a longer sweater or a tee shirt topped with a cardigan.

GO ASYMMETRICAL

photo credit: rockin closet

photo credit: rockin closet

Remember that tunics come in the asymmetrical varieties as well. These tops add an element of design to a standard classic. Top it with a hat, and add a statement necklace for more impact.

ACCESSORY PAIRING

The Nile Necklace adds elegance to a basic tunic. It's hand beaded boho-chic fabric pendant with vintage gold fringe dangles lengthens a look, and adds to an open neckline.

photo credit: stella & dot

photo credit: stella & dot

The Essential Fringe Necklace is also perfect for pairing with a tunic. It's a favorite in our NY design office. Wear it alone or pair it with your favorite statement necklace. You will be sure to turn heads.

Photo credit: Jessa helm and Stella & dot

Photo credit: Jessa helm and Stella & dot