Tunic is one of the most fashionable clothing items. It was appeared during the antiquity, and has undergone a number of changes, reaching to the present day. Today it is one of the most feminine wardrobe items available to ladies of any age and with any body.
History of the tunic
The origin of tunic and its definition in modern fashion history begins since ancient times, when people wore in a simple piece of fabric wrapped around the body. For example, in ancient Greece it was the traditional clothes that weren’t cut out and rarely sutured. And the men’s and women’s clothing draped with numerous folds, it consisted of a piece of fabric, which are held on the body due to the fasteners.
The Romans in order to obtain a more convenient and practical clothes started to sew together two identical patches of tissue leaving slots for head and hands. This baggy product was called “tunic”. Today tunic is the clothes that fit a number of criteria: does not have a collar, it is the whole front and back, its length reaches the hips. Tunic can be with or without sleeves. The length of tunic may vary, but there is an invariable condition that hips should be covered. As a rule, modern tunic fitted with side slits.
The transformation of the tunic
Originally, in ancient Rome there was a military tunic. It was exclusively men’s wear, the length of which reaches the hip line. However, having appreciated the convenience of spacious clothing, it was served as domestic clothes.
Gradually tunic began to wear and women. In order to meet the requirements of public morality, leaving home, Romans put a long tunic that reached to the ankles. In an effort to diversify their clothes, women’s tunics were decorated with embroidery and ribbons.
After the fall of the Roman empire Byzantines started to wear it, and later tunic became a popular clothes of oriental culture. It was the Arabs who contributed that the tunics were decorated with a variety of stones and colourful motives.
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In Europe, it was revived for a while in the second half of the 18th century, in the heyday of the Empire style. But even at that time only wild fashionistas wore it, and it didnt’t acquire a wide popularity. In the 19th and first half of the 20th century tunic was forgotten.
It were hippies who promoted the closeness to nature, they dressed in tunics, painted of floral ornaments and symbols. Ethno-style, which bloomed in the hippie era, took a strong position in the fashion world.
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The incomparable cut of tunic attracted the attention of many fashion designers. One of the first designers who presented tunic in his collections was Yves Saint Laurent.
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How to wear tunic
Tunics are the elements of air, which emphasize your femininity and easiness. The bottom must be sufficiently strict. Therefore stylists believe that wearing a tunic should be with concise models fitting trousers and skirts. Beautifully and naturally looks combination of tunic with skinny jeans, stretch pants, leggings and shorts. Speaking of skirts, the right choice will be a mini or a pencil skirt.
Firstly, if the length of the tunic is sufficient to be like the dress, so it is quite possible to wear both in free form and with the addition of a belt. Another thing is that this outfit only for the summer season and in the cold season does not look natural.
Recalling that the air tunic need to oppose a certain severity, I advise you to combine it with jackets made of leather or denim, fitted jackets and short raincoat, cardigans and blazers.
Best decoration for tunics that match for it – bright, creative, unusual. The best option – jewelry in maritime and ethnic style. It can be stacked with beads, shells, large wooden earrings. You can wear it a lot with a tunic – tunic with the suit is a perfectly acceptable option.
Color and pattern are typically bright, so you need to take into account the factors of compatibility of colors. It is known that if the fabric has a bright print, then the cut of the clothing item should be extremely laconic. With patterns of tunics must not “argue” – the other components of the clothes jackets, trousers, skirts, bags. Ideal solutions are plain, while a bright tunic would look very advantageous surrounded by plain things, or a single coloristic ensemble.