In case you are mixing up shirt dresses or mini dresses with tunics in your head, we’ll tell you the one way to recognise one. Just ask yourself the question - can it be worn with pants? If the answer is yes, then you are staring at a tunic. Of course, the pants are optional depending on how comfortable you are with the length of the tunic. Tunics are ideal to wear with leggings and tight trousers, jeans or pants. Avoid wearing them with something baggy, since this will just make your outfit appear ill-fitting.
Tunics come with a variety of necklines ranging from V, U to collared and square. The neckline and the sleeve length you choose would depend on your body type. Similarly, you will be astounded by the number of silhouettes that they come in – straight, tapering, asymmetrical, layered, boxy, fluidic – we could just on! When picking a tunic, you would have to pick a silhouette that flatters your shape the most. Pick styles that camouflage your problem areas and highlight the best ones. For instance, a tunic in a solid colour that falls well below the hips can help hide your love handles and give you a leaner look. A tunic with a deep V neck can take the focus away from your waist. A longer tunic with pencil pants can make your legs look slimmer. If you want to flaunt your killer waistline, then pick a tunic with a belt around the waist that will accentuate it further. So you see, it is easy to play up your best feature with tunics.
What’s more, depending on the way in which you style your tunic, it can be worn for casual, semi-formal or even formal occasions! Cashmere, tweed or silk tunics paired with smart pants cut a crisp look for work. The same silk tunic you wore for work will be impressive even when you are entertaining in the evening. Simply pair it with more loosely fitted pants and gilded trinkets and you are all set to play a charming hostess. For a more casual look, wear floral tunics with denim shorts or Capri pants and funky accessories. Cotton tunics tend to be extremely comfortable and can be worn through the year, be it during the day or the night.
It is quite possible that you already own a few beautiful Indian tunics that you simply love to wear. It wouldn’t do any harm in stocking up on a few more to build a better-rounded wardrobe. A good mix of tunics to have is a few basic solid tunics in white, black and blue, a few printed ones in breathable fabrics and most definitely some in lush fabrics like silk and cashmere. That way, you are covered for work, play and gatherings. Wear them with accessories that are feminine, elegant and match the occasion. Once you start wearing tunics regularly, you will be blown by their simplicity and beauty and very soon, they will become your go-to garments whenever you are confused about what to wear!