Wednesday, July 13, 2016

How I Wear My: Tunic

Tunics may hail from ancient times but they seem more modern than ever in all the prints and fabrics and lengths they come in these days, so Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country and I wanted to highlight them for July’s version of “How I Wear My.”

There is so much variety in this post! I loved seeing the different styles of so many tunics and now I want to add several more to my wardrobe. You might want to as well after seeing all these lovely ladies wearing their favorites. Enjoy!

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country.

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country, my wonderful “How I Wear My” partner, writes, “I love tunics and am so glad they have become so popular the last couple of years. There are so many variations to chose from. My tunic is from Stella Carakasi’s Spring 2016 Collection. It’s a pretty brown color called Smokey Quartz. I like to wear it with cognac accessories - a Mulberry Bayswater bag, blocked heeled sandals and a leather necklace with large faux black pearl beads. The tunic is made from lightweight georgette fabric and is a little sheer so I wear a long tank, also from Stella Carakasi, in a matching color underneath. I could also wear the tunic unbuttoned and wear with a tank top in a complementary shade like navy, off-white or even black.”

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb.

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb writes, “I love this all-white look with just a hint of colour in the shoes, bag and pendant. The great thing about tunics is how versatile they are: I’m a big fan of dresses over trousers, and tunic tops do the same thing but in a more casual way. They’re great for hiding the bits you don’t like and allowing room for a big meal(!), so I find they’re always the perfect choice for lunch or dinner.”

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo says, “I’ve had this floral tunic for a few years and find it simple to wear. Normally I’m not a fan of tunics as I find they can shorten my already petite stature, however, this one is longer in the back and shorter in the front, which works out perfectly.”

Annette of Lady of Style.

Annette of Lady of Style says, “My new tunic dress from Zara, which I recently bought in London, is ideal for the current temperatures and the floral prints still make it look summery. My daughter already wore it as a mini-dress whereas I of course pair it with leggings or skinnies since it is too short for me and I wouldn’t feel comforable. I love the soft colours, which are versatile and easy to combine.”

Yvonne of FunkyForty.

Yvonne of FunkyForty says, “Essentially I love to stay as simple as possible with a tunic dress and then add just enough to give it my own signature stamp. I love this dress from Longchamp and have paired it up with a vintage necklace of mine from Max Mara. It is a little denim-gone-chic style - the sort of look that never dates. I believe tunic dresses are a necessary staple in everyone’s wardrobe - smile!”

Linda of A Labour of Life.

Linda of A Labour of Life writes, “The word tunic confuses me as I always thought it was a long sleeved top that reached mid-thigh, or possibly a sweater, so I was unsure as to what I would wear this month but I was wrong. Wikipedia states: ‘A loose garment, typically sleeveless and reaching to the wearer’s knees, as worn in ancient Greece and Rome.’ Based on the definition I found, I apparently wear a lot of tunics and most from Old Navy.”

Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge.

Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge has a special story about her tunic: “This tunic was designed by me and my mom and she made it for me! It was how we were spending quality time together while she was ill. She was teaching me how to sew and the only resulting pieces that came from my sewing lessons were this tunic and pair of golden crop pants that I wore with the tunic (but they are much too large on me now). She passed very shortly after we completed this sewing project.”

What a touching memory about a very special piece of clothing! It has been 10 years this month since Shelbee’s mother passed away, so it is amazing to see that the tunic they created together looks brand new. Thank you to Shelbee for sharing this story with us.

Claudia of Happyface313.

Claudia of Happyface313 says, “I have a couple of tunics that I used to wear only when we were on holiday when going to the beach. What a waste! These days I wear them when at home. The details and the bright colors exude a bit of holiday feeling and are so much more stylish than running around in sweat pants!”

A great detailed shot of Claudia’s tunic.

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen.

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen writes, “When I first tried on this grey/blue tunic dress, I wasn’t that taken with it. I’d ordered it at the same time as the culottes so thought I’d try them together to create a look for those times when you want to be a little bit more dressy in a less ordinary or obvious way! As culottes and a tunic dress are an unusual combination, I wanted an unusual finishing touch to match. The wide dress belt completely lent itself for decoration with a brooch. After tying the belt I partially folded it over again before pining the brooch and once in place, it’s an eye-catching alternative to a statement necklace!”

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made says, “Here is a collage showing the many ways I wore this particular versatile #MadeinUSA floral tunic - including as a dress with opaque tights and a blazer; as a long top with a skirt underneath; as a pool cover up; and as a tunic with leggings and booties. This one is from Tucker by Gaby Basora (I love the shape of them!).”

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion.

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion wears a blue and white striped tunic dress with black leggings and black flats while shopping with friends in Spain. I like this color on her!

Becky of Pink Cheetah Vintage.

Becky of Pink Cheetah Vintage is wearing a long vintage tunic, one vintage cuff and one cuff by Free People. Wide legged trousers and platform sandals by Matiko Lyon lend a cool vibe to this late-60s inspired outfit that reminds me so much of Talitha Getty.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life says, “A tunic is totally out of my comfort zone and so is wearing a crop top with low rise jeans. Wearing my Anthropologie tunic as a light layer made me feel more covered up and made it a perfect summer layer.”

See how Alice styled this very same tunic another way by going over to Adrienne’s post!

Rena of Fine, Whatever.

Rena of Fine, Whatever writes, “What I’m referring to as a tunic here would probably be a tank style dress on someone my daughter’s age but that didn't stop me from styling it a way that better suited me. With gray chinos, a patchwork scarf, and a white denim jacket, this marl thread dress is transformed into a tunic perfect for a day visiting with my son this past Mother’s Day at his university.”

Nicole of High Latitude Style.

Nicole of High Latitude Style writes, “In this outfit, I wanted to create a monochromatic look with just a pop of red. I used the tunic as I needed to add some structure to keep the look interesting. The tunic was a gift by a girl friend who bought it for me on her vacation in India. I like the sheer light cotton and the nice white embroidery.”

Lisa of The Sequinist.

Lisa of The Sequinist says, “This silk tunic is one I’ve owned for years. It goes with me on every sunny holiday! I love the colours and the sparkly crystals around the neckline.”

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley.

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley writes, “I have the Free People lace tunic in the white with the tiniest of gray dots! This tunic works as a fantastic tunic layer base … come summer or winter here in Southern California! It’s easy, flirty cut … makes it so fun and flattering to wear … on pretty much every body type! The lightweight fabrication makes it an all-weather piece … especially on days that start off cool with the need for layers … and end up hot, hot, hot! Always one of my favorite traveling pieces … it can also do double duty as a sleeping gown or beach cover up in a pinch!”

Colette of Styled Comfort.

Colette of Styled Comfort says, “This is my go-to tee and tunic. The asymmetrical hem gives the tunic plenty of versatility. You can create so many different outfits just by changing the accessories. My favorite way to wear this tunic is with a scarf, and this bright floral scarf is perfect for spring and summer.”

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40.

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 says, “This tunic is a new one from Chico’s. Very sheer and perfect for summer.”

Tunics can be a tricky article of clothing for me since plenty of them hit me in the wrong area and are not flattering. I wasn’t holding my breath that this blue tunic from Old Navy would work but I was pleasantly surprised by the fabric, fit, details and price! I am wearing it here with white capris and metallic flats. The clutch is my beloved vintage Hermès Jigé in Rouge Vif box calf, which just got treated to a home spa to retain its glow!

Details of the tunic and clutch!

An even more detailed shot of the tunic and the earrings.

I normally never wear dangling earrings—they don’t look good with my bob, for one, and I also find them uncomfortable. After years of heavy earrings in the 80s I can only wear studs these days! I decided to give these particular earrings a try since my hair has grown out a bit and the earrings were included with my purchase last spring of a Kentucky Derby fascinator (what a nice gesture by the eBay seller). I like the glamour these earrings lend to the tunic! I realize they are hard to see so I wanted to include a closer shot.

I think Liz would approve, don’t you? She wrote in her book that she loved long, drippy earrings!

I hope you are wearing your tunic to some exciting locations this summer!

By time the intensity of summer’s heat is upon us in August we bet that if you opt to wear pants, they are crops! So style your favorite pair and join us for “How I Wear My: Cropped Pants.” Photos are due by August 8, 2016. You can send them to us at and be sure to tell us a bit about your outfit!

Do swing by Adrienne’s to see even more great looks featuring tunics.

And THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who participated this month!


Suzanne Carillo said...

I see now that a tunic can be interpreted as a different article of clothing for so many people.

I was impressed with all the different versions and styling.

Thanks for hosting ladies!


GSL said...

Very nice outfit Jill. I very seldom see capris work this well and the earrings are a hit too.

Jill said...

Hi Suzanne, I totally agree with you, I was surprised by people's different interpretations of what a tunic is. It made putting together this post so interesting. Your look was one of my favorites this month! xx

Jill said...

Oh GSL I know how much you love capris and cropped pants. The earrings are already put away, I got my hair cut and you can't see them at all so it's back to the studs for me. God knows I love a stud. xx

Catherine Summers said...

Jill thank you so much for featuring my all white outfit! I too found it really interesting how a tunic was interpreted, it's obviously such a versatile piece. Your navy top is uber chic, it looks so fabulous with white Capris!

All the ladies featured look amazing, I especially loved Jacqueline's creative styling :)

Catherine x
Not Dressed As Lamb

Trina Grandinetti said...

So enjoyed seeing all the different versions of Tunics! Great get together, as always😊

No Fear of Fashion said...

So many beautiful tunics, such great examples. I hesitate to single out one, but I cannot start cheering about 5 which I would like to own, now can I? Therefore, not that I don't like the others, I like to say that I really love Jacqueline's tunic. Such an unusual piece which suits her so well.
Too bad you packed those gorgeous earrings away Jill. But I understand. The hair matters.

nancy baten said...

Lovely to see the diversity of tunics. I like Jacqueline s best! But all these women look great!

Alice Warren said...

This post offers me so many inspirations on wearing my tunic. So many great look!


Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

rosie said...

Wow, these ladies are so creative. They all gave a different spin on wearing their tunics. Just fabulous

PinkCheetahVintage said...

I have to be super careful with tunics because they make me look pregnant sometimes. The blue one you're rocking is super cute!!! Thank you for the feature!!!!

Jill said...

Hi Catherine, I am so glad you joined us this month, I loved your all-white look and the photography was superb, as usual! xx

Jill said...

Hi Trina, I hope you will join us in August! xx

Jill said...

Hi Greetje, your comments are making me laugh. I will bring the earrings back out when my hair grows out a little. I just got it cut so it's back to being on the shorter side so you can't see the earrings very well. It seems Jacqueline's tunic was a hit! Glad you joined us. xx

Jill said...

Hi Nancy, I'm glad you joined us again. And another compliment for Jacqueline! I hope she swings by to see how many ladies enjoyed her photo and ensemble. xx

Jill said...

Hi Alice! I liked that you wore your tunic two different ways. I was really partial to how you wore it in this post, it has such a cool vibe. I hope can join all you foxes on Thursday. I will try to put a post together in time! xx

Jill said...

Hi Rosie! I agree with you, so many different spins on the tunic! Worn in ways I might not have thought of. This was a fun post to put together just for that reason. I hope you are not melting here in NYC if you are back. I am currently melting, there is just not enough A/C anywhere...xx

Jill said...

Hi Becky, you totally channeled Talitha Getty in your tunic look. That picture of her and her husband in tunics in Morocco is pretty famous. You could be in that photo with this ensemble! xx

Shelbee On The Edge said...

Jill, so many amazing interpretations of styling a tunic! I am a huge fan of tunics and now I have so many new ideas from all of you fabulous ladies! Thank you so much for putting together this series every month! It is always so much fun!