How to Layer Over Tunic Tops

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How to layer jackets and cardigans over tunic tops - what you need to knowRebecca from The Space Between My Peers had this Reader Question which she was having difficulty answering and asked if I could help, so here goes:

I was wondering whether you’d do a post of layering length of jackets/cardigans over tops. I was thinking about how to combine short/regular/long cover-ups over short/regular/tunic length tops. This is tricky for me especially when I plan to leave the cover-up layer unbuttoned …

Layering tops can be a bit of an art form, but here are some guidelines.Tips for layering over tunics
  • Longer layers can work well over shorter tunics or medium length tunics where your bottom half is fitted.
  • Alternatively, if your top is more fitted you can choose a longer looser cardigan to go over the top.
How to layer cardigans and jackets over tunics
  • Don’t overdo the volume by wearing a longer cardi or jacket if the tunic is voluminous, instead go for a shorter shrug, otherwise you’ll end up looking bulky.
  • Waist length denim jackets are great to go over a more fitted and longer tunic
  • Keep cardigans fine rather than bulky so you don’t add too much extra volume.
 Long sleeve red shrug with a tunic - how to wear shrugs

 Adding in Body Proportions

Whether or not it should be longer or shorter is based on whether you have a short or long waist.

How to layer tops over tunics - what you need to know about body proportions

  • Long waists can take longer layers underneath slightly shorter layers.
  • Short waisted gals need the outer layer to be longer (or way shorter like a shrug), as they don’t want to draw attention to their lack of waist.
  • Blending the colour of your tunic to your bottom to create a column of colour will also help to make your legs look longer (if you’ve got short legs).  Ideally also blend the colour of your shoes to your pants to keep that line flowing on and on.

These are just a few things to consider when adding layers to your tunics.  Like all garments, there is no one rule that fits all as a tunic may be voluminous or slim, it may be longer or shorter, and of course your body comes into the equation too!

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7 Comments

  • Just discovered your blog via Karen at A Certain Age.
    Any advice for a vertically challenged (5ft 0.5 in), busty (34D) mum with short legs and big thighs!

  • IMogen, Isn’t it right that our “long” shirts should not hit past our hip bones? I am 5’5″, normal proportions I think. If the shirts hit at the top thigh, I feel way too long in the body and feel as if I am cutting off my leg length! PS You have to check out Workthatwardrobe’s blog..

  • Could you do a post on what to wear over short tops, and also what to wear over medium leanght tops ? Pretty please with butter on it´s tail !

  • Emily Kate – you can define your waist with a thin belt (a thick one will make your torso look very short), and draw attention to it this way, but the belt needs to go over a top that ends at your hips. Keep your jacket/cardi a similar length to your top or slightly longer if you have longer legs and don’t have issues with your thighs.

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