Womens tunic tops are a popular fashion item more with good reason; they are figure-flattering clothes, look svelte, go sporty or casual dressy, and feel comfortable.
Available in a white variety of colors, fabrics, and prices, tunics span the style spectrum from fancy ruffled blouses to super-soft French terry sweatshirts.
Factors to consider are cut, color, cloth, care, and the chic factor.
Shaping will prevent an elongated top from looking boxy or tentlike.
Look for a shape that is subtly tailored at the waist.
A V-neckline flatters an attractive bosom. Ruching can help maximize a smaller bustline.
The wrap top or faux-wrap flatters most every figure.
Another all-figure shape is the poet shirt. With tuxedo pleats or as a ruffled blouse, the billowing flowing lines are super-feminine.
An empire cut, with shirring that drapes from under the bustline, is most appropriate for women with narrow hips. The empire waistline also may conceal tummy bulge.
Do not create a line that cuts across the broadest part of your hips.
Horizontal stripes do a lot to make a small gal look larger on top.
The same visual illusion is emphasized if the strips end at the hips, especially if the top is a contrasting color from the skirt or slacks.
Go for a tunic top that ends slightly below the waist or where the thighs start to narrow.
An asymmetric hemline, sharbite, or handkerchief hemline are other ways to prevent that deadline horizontal line that goes straight across your hips.
If you have broad shoulders, an empire waistline will move the eye downward with the flowing folds of cloth.
If you your figure narrows at the waistline with proportional bust and hips, you can wear most styles.
Take advantage of a proportionate figure by with styles that accent your narrow waistline.
Princess styling or a slightly fitted waistline is successful for proportional and pear-shaped bodies.
A belted safari shirt also is figure-flattering clothes.
If you are larger on top than on the bottom, avoid peasant shirts with tie and elasticized necklines. These will stretch too tightly across the front.
A ruffled blouse or any details, such as ruching, also may add too much weight to your top. A lightweight fabric such as silk or cotton gauze may work; try it on to be sure.
Feminine fabrics, such as silk and crinkle cotton, or touches such as embroidery and lace, are great ways to create that romantic look in a tunic top.
An excellent choice is a horizontal border print. This will create interest and balance. A border print is an especially nice, accent for empire waist womens tunic tops.
In summary, the poet's shirt and the wrap front remain perennial favorites because they are figure flattering clothes for most body types.
The key to finding womens tunic tops that are right for you is to start with the right cut. After that, color, cloth, fabric care, and how chic the garment looks on you are your next considerations.