I’ve been making plus size women’s clothing for many years now. Trends come and go, styles are always changing. Still, plus size tunic tops have remained some of my most popular designs.
What separates tunic tops from blouses? How can you wear them? What’s the most flattering tunic style for your body shape?
What Makes a Tunic Top?
As a designer, this is an important question. In stores and online, plus size clothing ads use the word “tunic” like a flashing neon sign. What puts the “tunic” in tunic top?
It’s all about length.
Today’s tunic tops are styled after the common garments of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Their tunics were designed to indicate social standing and economic position; mine are just designed to make you look fabulous.
Expect a plus size tunic top hemline to fall between the hip and knee. Some feature side vents or rounded hemlines. Sleeves can also vary in width – from sleeveless to open bell sleeves.
How to Wear Your Tunic Top
It depends on your body shape, but there are some general guidelines that apply to everyone.
- Pair with pants/jeans. The extended vertical length of a tunic looks great with a simple pair of jeans, pants, or leggings.
- Not great with a skirt. Go for a tunic dress instead for the same general look executed with style.
- (Not too) shorts. If you wear your tunic top with shorts, be sure the top isn’t so long it covers the shorts completely.
I love tunic tops and enjoy working with my models. Here are some of my fashions:
Tunic Tops for Every Body Shape
I don’t believe in strict rules for fashion, I just want you to look your best. To show off your curvy figure and draw attention to all your best features, use these tips:
- Pear Shape: A wider neck opening will draw the eye up and widen your top half. Tunics with side vents will prevent the extra length from exaggerating your thighs and bottom. Look for a length that falls either above or below your widest point.
- Apple Shape: Draw attention upward to your beautiful face with a deep V-neck. Shorter tunics with smaller patterns will be most flattering for your figure.
Remember, fashion is about your own personal style, not following rules. What’s your favorite way to wear a tunic top?
Stephen, Your Designer
“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen