Fit for All Body Shapes: What Are the 5 Different Ways to Wear a Tunic?

how to start off a conversation with a guy over textTunics are a staple in a woman’s closet as they are the most versatile piece anyone can own, especially in warmer temperatures. There are many choices to choose from when it comes to lengths and fits.

Below is a closer look at the many options available and address guidelines to follow when wearing a tunic for any body shape.


A tunic is a great piece of clothing to have because it can be accessorized to fit multiple occasions. For instance, a tunic is often long enough that it can be worn on its own (kind of like a dress) and with the proper footwear and accessories, one can wear it to an evening out.

The same tunic can be dressed down by putting a pair of leggings underneath it and pairing it with sneakers and can be worn during the day to grab a quick lunch or run errands. To find out more about various options and styles offered, contact us.

Pear-Shaped Bodies

For women who identify themselves as having pear-shaped bodies, it is recommended that they look for tunics with side vents, a wide neck opening, and a little bit of a taper at the waist.

The side vents will help prevent the tunic from clinging to the butt area and to the thighs, whereas the wide neck opening will help broaden the shoulders. For pear-shaped bodies, the heaviest area is below the waist. Because of this, it is important that the tunic either falls above the widest area or below it, but not right at it.

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Apple-Shaped Bodies

A woman with an apple shape should avoid clingy tops. Instead, the focus should be on the legs and neckline. For apple-shaped bodies, the tunic should not be too long and should have a nice V-neck to direct the attention of others to the woman’s face. A darker tunic or one with a smaller pattern does give the illusion that the woman is smaller on top.

Hourglass Figures

For women with an hourglass figure, a more fitted tunic looks best on their body type. Tunics with sleeveless options are great because they are versatile and can be layered to go from season to season. Women with hourglass figures can wear shorter tunics (paired with bottoms), as well as longer ones.

Other Rules To Consider

A tunic is a staple piece of clothing for many women because they transition well from season to season and from one event to another. Belts and jackets can be added to take the outfit from a day event into a night outing. Remember, if adding a belt to a tunic, do not wear a necklace, as this can look too bulky. Instead, opt for earrings and a bracelet.

Bottoms To Consider When Pairing With Tunics

Leggings are not the only bottoms that can be paired with a tunic. Shorts and jeans are a great option too. When considering shorts, make sure the shorts are visible under the tunic. A loose tunic would look great with skinny jeans or boot cut pants.

A tunic is a great option for many women because they are comfortable, versatile, and trendy. It is a classic style that is forgiving for all body types. Women can feel comfortable in a tunic while looking their best while on a date, shopping with friends, or lounging around.

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BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.

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