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Posted Jul 29 2011 10:40am


Who says tunics are only meant to cover up your bathing suit?  Tunics (or over-sized shirts) have been such a hot fashion item for so  many years because they are figure flattering for most body types if worn correctly.  Available in a wide variety of styles and fabrics, tunics span the fashion spectrum from fancy to sporty.  The secret of finding a tunic top that is best for you is to start with the right cut.  After that, consider color, fabric type and how chic the garment looks. Here are few tips to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect tunic top for your body type.

Generously endowed on top?   Avoid peasant type blouses that tie or have an elasticized neckline or have  ruffles or ruching. Try a sheer fabric such as silk with an empire waist to create interest and balance.

Pear shaped body type?   Choose a tunic that does not cut a line across your hips.  Try a top that ends right below the waist where your thighs start to narrow.  Add some ruffles to create a feminine billowing affect with flattering lines.

Have a narrow waistline? Take advantage of your defined  waistline by choosing a tunic that accentuates your figure.  Try a princess style tunic or a belted safari shirt worn over leggings.  This military style look is making a play on the runways this season.

Two tunic styles that are particularly popular  because they seem to flatter many body types are the poet’s shirt or the faux wrap tunic.  Remember this style tip when wearing a tunic:  the wider the tunic the slimmer the pants to keep  your outfit balanced and flattering.  The tunic top is a great addition to your wardrobe and a fashion trend that is destined to stay in vogue for a long time to come.

Mariana, BeauStylist

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