How To: Get Some Life Out of Your Tunic

Nothing says summer like a tunic. Though I tend to steer towards the New England uniform (white, black, beige and navy), I can’t seem to help myself when summer rolls around and the tunics come out. The colors and patterns make me absolutely giddy. Well, maybe not giddy, but at least willing to try some pink.

As I was pulled into a store simply because the tunics featured in the front window, I thought how sad it was that the gleeful tunic had to hibernate come fall. So here are some thoughts on incorporating more fun into your wardrobe, courtesy of the tunic.

So let’s start with the fab navy-blue ikat-print tunic I recently got at Toss in San Francisco (that was the store with the tunic display – so smart).

Classic Cover-Up. Since it’s summer, we’ll start with the obvious – the beach cover-up. Throw over your suit and pair with your favorite beach bag, Havaiana flip flops and floppy hat.  (Sorry to get off topic, but can’t resist sharing my new fave sunscreen – Neutrogena’s new Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock in SPF 70 – perfect under makeup).

Free Flow. After a day in the sun, freshen up that tunic for a summer’s meal with skinny white pants, gladiator sandals and a chunky beaded necklace. Leave that tunic flowing free over or tie off with a skinny belt.

Missing the waves while at work? Sneak a little tunic fun into your work wardrobe. Here are three ways to make it work:

  • You’re Penciled In: Grab your favorite pencil skirt and you are good to go. Tuck in your tunic and pair with a statement necklace and complete with stacked high heels.

  • Well-Suited: Slip the tunic under your suit to wow up your wardrobe. Try an all-black or all-white suit to make the tunic stand out. Just tuck it in and trot it out. Add a metallic necklace and a bit complementary color at the foot (such as orange with navy) to complete the look.

  • Cool Casual: Have Causal Friday in your office? Dig out those paper-bag waisted pants and skimmers for a just-come-from-the-pool casual look. Again, tuck that tunic in to highlight the paper-bag waist.

So there are five ways to get some life out of that favorite tunic. What’s your favorite one look like?


June 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . How To.

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