Looking Great In A Tunic Top When You Are Petite

brunette woman wearing a light blue tunic top and white skinny jeans walking down stone stairs

Most women will say that a tunic top in their wardrobe is one of their go-to styles. Yes, a tunic top can be comfortable and flattering. However, when you are petite you have to make sure that they are not too long or too flowy. That can equal frumpy which is not a look we are going for here on Serious About Styling.

Today I am breaking down how to make sure you look and feel great in a tunic top going forward. But before we dive into those specifics here are a few other posts you might want to check out.

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Yes, Petites Can Wear Tunic Tops

Tunic-style tops have been around since the 14th century. Over the years, there have been many iterations of this style. A tunic is a top that drapes down from your shoulders to below your hips but no longer than your knees. As petite, we need to make sure that we have the right style of tunic for our body shape so that we don’t look shorter than we are.

Finding The Tunic Style for Your Body Shape

Just like any type of clothing, there are many types and styles of tunics. Once we break it down by which style looks best on your body type it will be easy for you to find a tunic top that is figure-flattering and that will help elongate your frame.

The number one thing that we have to keep in mind as petites is the length of the tunic. No matter which shape or style we wear it needs to be the correct length. The ideal length for a tunic for a petite woman is at the hip. If you find one that you love and it is longer than that, then have it hemmed. Sometimes a small adjustment makes all the difference in the world on a shorter frame.

So let’s look at what type of details and styling you should look for in a tunic top by body type.

Pear Shape

A pear shape resembles the shape of a pear. You have a small waist and are bigger on the bottom. Here are a few details to look for when buying a tunic.

  • the top is more A-line in shape (mimics your shape)
  • make sure that it hits just below your widest body part
  • and has a neckline feature that draws the eye up to your face

This tunic with a ruffled neckline is a perfect example of a tunic that would look great on a pear shape. It also comes in a sleeveless version. Here are some great tunics for this body shape.

Inverted Triangle

Think of an upside-down triangle. Yes, your shoulders are wider than your slim hips. Things to consider are:

  • minimal detail at the neckline (don’t want to emphasize your shoulders)
  • horizontal lines or patterns are not your friend
  • look for a neckline that is open and some shaping at the waist area

Hourglass

brunette woman wearing a bright pink tunic top with ruffles at the sleeves and neck with white jeans
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You’ve got curves in all of the right places. Your bust and hips are about equal and you have a defined waistline.

  • looks for tops with a nip in the waist (or you can have a simple dart put in a top)
  • try belting a tunic with a very thin belt (less than 1″ wide)

The blue top and pink top I am wearing in this post are great examples of tunic tops that look good on hourglass figures. They have v-necks and have that nip in the waist to accentuate your curves.

Rectangle

Yes, you are pretty much the same from top to bottom. Your shoulders, waist, and hips are all about the same. A tunic lover’s dream body type.

Just pick a tunic and go for it. Just remember that you need to make sure it hits at the hips or a flattering length on you. You don’t want it to be too long.

My Favorite Cozy Tunics That Are EcoFriendly

Even though I live in the south, cozy sweatshirts and tunics are in my closet. Dudley Stephens makes great eco-friendly styles that are always available in a wide variety of great colors each season. I am wearing the Park Slope turtleneck like a tunic. For my body, it comes down long enough that I consider it a tunic for me. They also have the Greenpoint which is the mid-length option and then they have the true tunic, the Cobble Hill.

One of the three lengths should work for petite bodies. It just depends upon your unique body and how long you need the tunic to be. I am short-waisted and have longer legs which is why the Park Slope works for my body. I find that they run true to size, so I wear an XS.

Best Bottoms to Wear with Your Tunics

When wearing a relaxed style top you should really keep the bottoms a little more fitted. So think tapered leg pants, straight leg pants, or pencil skirts. Another great look with tunic tops is leggings.

Soft Surroundings has two great pull-on pants for petites that look fantastic with tunic tops in warmer weather. These slim-leg pants are a great ankle-length option. These pull-on jeans come in three different washes. Both of these styles have slimming technology and styling so that you are looking and feeling your best while staying comfortable. They are known for their soft fabrics and comfort. Another great option for summer is this skort.

Another great place to search for these bottom styles with a little “extra help” is the Spanx Perfect Collection and their denim. Their faux leather leggings are a winter staple with all your tunics too. I love that they offer petite lengths in so many of their styles.

Shoe Styles to Wear With Your Tunics

Flats, sandals, wedges, and pumps are great styles to wear with a tunic and a fitted bottom. In the winter, think of a pair of boots. You can check out these posts about some of the best shoe styles for petite women.

Best Places to Shop For A Tunic

There are certain stores and websites where you can find tunics season after season. Some of these will have petite sizing as well. These are the ones that pop into my mind when looking for a tunic top.

Thanks, Let’s Keep In touch

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I truly appreciate every read, click, save, pin, and forward. I hope that this post helped you find a tunic top that flatters your petite figure. Looking good and being comfortable at the same time is always a priority. It just gives us that extra boost of confidence.

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Updated May 2024.

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