Women’s tunic tops have emerged as a favorite new trend in the last few years. These versatile and comfortable fashion garments can be worn for a wide variety of occasions and easily meld into different fashion sensibilities, making them the preferred casual wear garment of choice for many women across the world. In fact, tunics for women can come in all different styles, from casual and semi-casual to more dressy and/or formal. These can then be worn even at office, for parties or any special occasions.
These stylish garments are descended from the traditional Greek tunics, which were worn by men, though today the design has evolved to resemble a long top, generally with a flowing silhouette, worn predominantly by women. The Indian versions are called ladies’ kurtis.
Fashion tunics meant for parties and other such occasions frequently come with daring necklines like deep neck, halter neck, key hole neck and deep v-neck as well as more sophisticated styles like collar neck, cowl neck, closed neck etc. The sleeve length can vary depending on the occasion and the seasonal requirement.
Spaghetti straps and sleeve less tunic top patterns with a more loose fit would be popular in the summer time, while full and three fourth sleeves would be more appropriate for winter and autumn. Certain garments like tunic sweaters with turtle necks and buttoned asymmetrical necks are best worn in colder climates. Tunics can also have differing fits, from body hugging to loose and airy.
These are generally shorter than kurtas, which are long ethnic shirts with straight cut lines and Indian prints. Kurtis stop anywhere between the hips and above the knees, and typically come with a loose and comfortable fit. They typically come with Indian prints, motifs and designs. All the varieties of ladies’ tunic tops, whether Indian, Western or Indo-Western, can also be adapted into stylish formal designs.
A typical tunic pattern would consist of a boat neck line with full or three fourth sleeves and a loose fit. However the popularity of these items has led to a lot of new variations in tunic patterns emerging, even with respect to the Indian kurti. For instance, the tunic dress pattern would incorporate a more fitted silhouette and be slightly longer, with more ornate embroideries, beautiful embellishments and brighter prints than seen in a more casual wear top.
A popular silhouette in Indian kurtis right now is that of the Anarkali kameez, which fits like a corset till the waist and then flares out. This style looks great for tunics and kurtis as it is considered universally flattering. The fabric used can also dictate the fit; for instance, lycra will always have a close fit.
Chiffon, knit cotton and georgette are also known to hug the contours of a woman’s body. On the other hand, fabrics like cotton, linen and art silk are used to make more loose-fitting designs. One can even find designer tunic tops made of pure silk, crushed crepe and other expensive materials. These tunics have a more luxurious appeal and look great for parties.
Indian kurtis are often more decorated and embellished than their western counterparts. This is why one will find many varieties of beautifully embroidered tunic tops in Indian fashion. They are made using techniques like Resham, Chikankari or even Zari and Zardosi.
You’ll also find colorful patch border work and embellishments like beads, stones and sequins. While Indian motifs of flowers, fruits, stylized birds, animals and tribal prints are commonly seen, one can even find more global influences in kurti designs including prints of stripes, geometric shapes, polka dots and more. Similarly tunics in the range of bright and beautiful ‘Indian’ colors like red, green, blue, yellow and purple are available alongside those in softer pastel shades or bold neon hues.
Tunics are a trendy fashion item right now and can be matched up in a lot of different ways to create fun looks. In the summer, one can wear them with a pair of colorful leggings, in a matching or contrasting shade. With the addition of some bangles and a simple pendant necklace, a low-maintenance yet stylish look can be easily achieved.
A new trend is to wear printed tunics with printed leggings, albeit with different designs. This creates a dramatic contrast which will be nicely complemented by some solid metallic necklaces or wooden jewelry. Another great way to accessorize is to match the tunic top pattern to the handbag; this especially works well with Indian kurtis and can tie together the whole look perfectly.
Tunic dresses for women can be worn for parties and special events if they are appropriately accessorized with glamorous items like stone studded necklaces, heel sandals and dangling earrings.