Monday, May 09, 2005



THE tunic-tangy-colored, ethnic-inspired or gem-embellished-is topping the must-buy list for spring.
The easiest instant update of the new season, the tunic packs such a versatile punch it's being hailed as the new T.
Devotees are using the tunic to jazz up everyday staples from weekend jeans to snug-fitting, office-friendly pant suits.
What's more, the tunic promises to be a favorite beach cover-up, making it a canny two-fer buy.
Unlike its predecessors - from Liz Taylor's muu-muu to the oversized bag-lady peasant tops worn by the Olsen twins - the new tunic is body-conscious, boho-chic and sexy.
Better still, it's one of the few garments that flatters all body types. Just remember proportion: Pair a billowing, pleated or full top with a lean, slim-fitting bottom.
To prevent adding width to your figure, opt for a tunic with a deep V neckline or an empire waist. Both help narrow the silhouette.
Because spring skirts are all about volume, the new tunic looks best with pants. But the brave can follow trendsetter Michael Kors and wear a thigh-high tunic as a dress.
Other tips that make the transition from runway to reality are: pairing an ankle-kissing tunic with Indian-inspired salwar kameez pants (Oscar de la Renta) or layering a V-neck, hip-height tunic over cropped pants (Vivienne Tam).
Look for lightweight fabrics that move with you - from gauzy chiffons (for modesty, layer over a fitted nude cami-style tank or shell) to slinky satins and the most forgiving, cotton.

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Some tunics out there:

All from Elie Tahari at Saks

Alice & Trixie, Joie, Cynthia Steffe

And matching accessories/shoes:

KORS by Michael Kors Metallic Thong Sandal , Jimmy Choo Glory Tear-Drop Slides

Banana Republic's Beaded waterfall clip-on earring and Blue stone bracelet

ASOS Sari Across Body Bag, GAP slouchy moccasin bag