How To Style the Classic Tunic Dress To Flatter Your Curves

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The advent of autumn and its carpet of brown leaves beckons, but the weather still second guesses us at every turn, presenting you with yet another new season styling challenge. Enter the humble tunic dress, an underrated wardrobe staple despite being one of the most versatile and flattering dresses known to womankind.
 
For curvy ladies with hips and thighs, tunics are heaven-sent for giving a semblance of silhouette without swamping your figure of definition. From gently tapered A-line pieces to silky waist-cinchers, there’s a style for every body type and personality, which can see you from your desk to drinks without the need for an outfit change. They’re effortless to style, comfy to wear, and a win-win for all beautiful bodies.
 
The question is, which one is for you?

1. Belted Tunic



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If you boast a curvy figure, accentuating the waist is key to giving definition, which is why a belted tunic can be the way forward to achieving a svelte silhouette. A loosely draped tunic dress with a tasselled side-tie is perfect for lending a hint of sophistication to an outfit, while a rounded hemline and side slits flatter curvy hips and allow more room for movement.
 
If you’ve got a larger bust, be careful not to wear the belt too high and shorten your torso. Similarly, if you carry weight around your waist, belt loosely: The aim is to create subtle shaping without constricting your figure. Pair with a nipped denim bomber to play with textures, or a little black tux come nightfall.

2. Asymmetric Tunic



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A simple scooped-neck tunic is an office go-to on days when you feel defeated by your wardrobe. Look to a floaty sleeveless tunic with an asymmetric hem and full skirt to skim over wider hips, and aim for a higher cut scoop neckline that won’t be too revealing on the bust. Remember to choose a trapeze style cut that falls below the widest part of your thighs, and avoid fabrics such as jersey which will cling to your lower half. Keep a minimal silhouette with sheer tights and a tailored cropped jacket for fuss-free chic. 

3. Ruched And Bardot Tunics



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For a pared-back evening look, a Bardot-style neckline will show off your collarbone and shoulder blades beautifully without flashing too much flesh, while a ruched tunic is ideal for women whose curves get lost in a classic flared garment.
 
With an A-line hem, three-quarter length sleeves and gentle gathering at the waist, the ruched tunic has all your bases covered – plus, if you’re self-conscious about your stomach, the gathering will conceal your lumps and bumps while simultaneously balancing out your figure.
 
With that in mind, look to a bold print to inject some personality: This season embraces Sixties florals and graphic patternation, which will ensure you make a statement when you enter the room. 
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4. Empire Line Tunic



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The bond between a woman and her figure-flattering empire-line tunic is a tale as old as time. An empire-style garment is a semi-fitted style that softly follows your curves; cinching the figure at the narrow point under the bust line, and flowing over your midsection to flatter wider waists.
 
The key with this dramatic style is to aim for an A-line or sheath to highlight your curves rather than hide them. Layer a lightly embellished tunic over cropped skinny jeans to elongate the legs. Bustier women may want to add a lacy camisole underneath for extra coverage.

5. Split Tunic



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Tunics with side vents or splits are ultra-forgiving on bottom-heavy body shapes, with a tapered silhouette to counterbalance wider hips and thighs. Look to a contemporary tunic with a square neck or deep scoop to broaden your shoulders and lengthen your natural neckline, and ensure that your tunic either falls above or below your widest point to guarantee a flattering fit.
 
A silky tunic looks great over a structured pencil skirt as the back half of the tunic will fall flatteringly over wide hips – style with strappy heeled sandals to add extra length to your limbs.

6. Longer-Tail Tunic



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If you’ve got a fuller figure and want to look shapely, there’s no need to conceal your curves in a tent-like dress devoid of shape: This tunic is a new-season essential that will carry you from summer to fall.
 
A longer-tailed tunic hits the balance between snug and fitted, softly skimming the body for a flattering silhouette with a longer hem to balance out wide hips and elongate the limbs. Opt for a small print with three-quarter sleeves, a rounded neckline and a tapered flare to draw attention to your upper-half, and look to dark indigo skinny jeans to give contrast to the tunic’s sheer texture.

7. Tailored Tunic



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Tunics are great for casual days about-town, but tailored tunics can easily work in the office if styled professionally. A crisp, square shaped tunic has much potential for your 9-5 – look for subtle shaping on the side seams just above the waist to make the top half of the tunic flattering enough to graze the body, but not fitted enough to lose the ease of silhouette.

Tapered wrists, pearl buttons and rows of pintucks on starched white cotton all make for a sophisticated spin on the everyday tunic. Pair with blue-wash jeans at the weekend for that all-American vibe.

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