Plus Size Fall Tunics

Posted by Mary Elizabeth on Sep 10th 2018

Fall is fast-approaching and we will be trading in our cooler, lightweight clothing for items that have a bit more coverage and offer a lot more warmth. Trendy Tops for Fall have made their way into stores and online so it’s important to know what you’re looking for before heading out for your next shopping excursion or clicking that express checkout button. And while there are certain classic styles that will always work during this time of year, you might also be surprised to learn what else is out there and your wardrobe could be missing. Fall tunic tops are a hot item in fashion this season and we want to help you uncover the best fall tunics to complement your body type and show off your personal style.

So what are fall tunic tops anyway? Tunics are essentially hip-length shirts or sweaters, that are typically much longer than many women's shirts, but shorter than dresses. Because of their unique shape tunics are able to be styled in a variety of ways and with my different outfits. The key to wearing plus size fall tunics is finding what will look best on you and will showcase your best attributes. This means paying attention to all details of the top, such as: fit, length, shape, color, print, cut and so on. This may sound like a lot of work just to go shopping for a trendy top for fall, but trust us, once you know what looks good on you you will never want to go back to wearing ill-fitting, unflattering clothing again!

For plus-size women, fall tunic tops are ideal because they are intended to be worn as a loose garment so they won’t feel tight or constricting in any way. They are also very versatile which makes them a great piece to have in your closet for all sorts of occasions. Tunics can be worn to from the most casual events such as a baseball game to somewhere as formal as a wedding. So if you’re looking for Plus Size Fall Dresses for a Wedding, don’t count the tunic out! Tunic dresses come in many flattering and sophisticated Fall Styles for Plus Size women. Find a style made with a luxurious fabric such as silk or velvet which have an air of elegance to them. Pulling off a tunic for a fall wedding is all in how you style it so add a few accessories and a small clutch to complete the look.

The most common way to wear a tunic is probably over a simple pair of jeans or jeggings. A classic tunic and fitted denim jeans is a simple and easy look for most any woman to pull off and look good in. Since the tunic is loose it will naturally flow away from the body and your shape will be more concealed. Because of this, you will not see a lot of definition in the upper portion of your body which means you will want to do the opposite for you lower half. Avoid wearing pants that are loose or baggy, that will essentially swallow your shape whole. There is nothing flattering about a baggy pants and a big loose top combo for a woman of any size, so make sure you’re wearing the appropriate style of pant to go with your plus size fall tunic.

Tunics + Body Types

No matter what type of clothing it is that you are shopping for, understanding your body shape is crucial for finding the right fit. Not all bodies look alike and therefore we cannot all wear the same clothing expecting it to look the same on each of us. Having this diversity is great because it allows us to explore different styles and maybe even things we wouldn’t typically think to try before. Clothing can have a deceiving appearance on a hanger which can lead us to either avoid trying it on altogether or purchasing something that is not as flattering as we thought it would be. So to avoid missing out on a great item or going through buyer’s remorse, take a minute to figure out your body type and how this will help you find trendy fall tops.

Full-Figured

While it may seem silly to try to categorize a woman’s body type into some narrowly defined category based on a few basic characteristics, but this generalization can actually be very useful when you’re out shopping for new trendy tops for fall. Women that have a better understanding of their bodies are able to quickly discern what is going to look good on them and what styles to steer clear of. It only takes a few failed attempts in the dressing room to learn that some things were just not made for you, but don’t get discouraged! With the proper guidance you can reduce both the time wasted and disappointment from trying on fall tunic tops that just weren’t your style. With just a bit of practice, you will be a trendy Fall Fashionista in no time!

Fuller-figured women tend to have a curvaceous body type that is fuller or more voluptuous in most areas. Women that identify with this body shape can usually be characterized as plump or round and without having clearly defined curves. If you are fuller figured, it’s easy to feel tempted to take advantage of this wider style to conceal the areas of your body that you may not currently be a fan of. But throwing on a big, loose garment is actually a counterintuitive to what you want to happen. If you want to make your body look slimmer or define your curves, you need to style your tunic in a way that works with your body and not against it.

For women with a fuller body shape, the key to finding the best fall tunic out there is all about balance. As with most things in life, balance is necessary to maintain harmony throughout your overall look without one element distracting from another. When it comes to getting the right fit for a fuller figure, the balance must be found between tunics that are too clingy or too loose. You don’t want to wear a tunic that is too tight and will feel restrictive on your body making it difficult to move around comfortably. On the other hand, you also do not want to end up with an oversized tunic that hides your shape entirely. And if you want to cover your backside, make sure the tunic is long enough and will drape over you effortlessly.

Apple Shape

The Apple-shaped women is typically characterized as being top-heavy, meaning you have a wide torso, broad shoulders, and a full bust, waist, and upper back. Apple-shaped bodied women also tend to have thinner arms, legs, and hips, and are known to gain weight around their waistlines. When shopping for your plus size fall tunic this season, avoid wearing anything that is overly clingy or hugs your body a little too tight. Put the focus on other areas of your body that you may feel more comfortable showing off such as your neckline or legs.

Apples Shapes should also look for a tunic style that has a v-neck, as this will help to naturally draw peoples’ attention upwards towards your gorgeous face! Another easy way to help create the illusion of appearing smaller on top, is to try a tunic that has a smaller print or comes in darker colors which helps to minimize size. Remember, you want the focus to be toward your face so try to void a bold statement necklace with your tunic that will be the focal point. Instead, opt for a pair of cute earrings or a shorter necklace that will highlight and frame your face.

Pear Shape

If you are a woman with a Pear Shape, then you will typically have a body type with larger hips, a smaller bust and a nicely defined waist. Since most women with this shape consider their heaviest area to be their bottom half below their waist, try to make sure your tunic either falls above your widest area, or below, but not right at it. You want to draw the eye away from this part of the body and put the focus on the outfit as a whole. Unlike the Apple shape, Pears should consider wearing a long chunky necklace with their fall tunic tops to add more “bulk” to their upper half in a flattering and fashionable way. This really should not be anything you need to overthink, but it you’re still unsure of what you should be looking for, just keep these three tips in mind when looking for plus size fall tunics:

  1. Look for a style with side cutouts, vents or slits that will help to prevent the tunic from clinging to your thighs or rear and also allow air to easily circulate throughout the garment.
  2. A tunic that slightly tapers at the waist or becomes more narrow around your midsection, which will help to show off that tiny little waist you’ve got!
  3. A broad neckline or opening will actually create the appearance of having broader shoulders and help to balance out the proportions of your shape.

Hourglass Shape

Moving on to one the most most timeless and classically recognized shapes, the Hourglass. Women with this body type tend to have a larger bust, small waist and fuller hips and bottom. You may recognize this shape as what many refer to as the “Coke bottle shape.” Iconic beauties such a Marilyn Monroe and today’s stunningly beautiful Sofia Vergara, are two famous examples that have shown the world how fuller-figured women can still look fashionable without being a size two.

When it comes to finding the bestfall tunics for an Hourglass figure, typically a more fitted tunic will be more flattering. You can try a sleeveless style tunic which is also a great option for women that like to show off their arms. Try a fitted sleeveless tunic, perhaps in a linen fabric that has a little bit of weight but also flexibility, over a dark pair of fitted pants with a skinny belt cinched around the waist. This look will not only show off your beautifully toned arms but it will also display your naturally feminine, curvier shape.

Let’s Talk Business

For the most part, tunics are incredibly office-appropriate and a great option for Business Casual Fall Work Outfits. In general, work wear tends to be quite boring so being able to wear a stylish tunic that is ultra versatile, will make getting ready and putting together an outfit that much easier. Of course, you will have to think about your own office rules for attire, but with a cute blazer or cardigan, embellished flats and dark jeans, you will getting noticed for all of the right reasons! Plus, showing up to the job looking your best and feeling confident in your plus size business casual outfit can make a difference both in your level of productivity and the overall impression you give off to your peers.


A Few Things To Remember

  • No baggy pants! When styling your tunic always go with straight or skinny jeans, not flared or oversized. No boyfriend jeans here!
  • Adding a belt to a tunic can make a huge difference and instantly define your curves, but if you’re going to wear a belt don’t overdo it with other accessories.
    • Billowy tunics can also be held in by a shrunken jean jacket or a heavy necklace that will weigh the fabric down and keep it close to your body. Just keep in mind that less is more and you don’t need to pile it all on at once.
  • If we can only give one piece of advice for women on the hunt for fall tunic tops this season, don’t wear an unflattering tent. Tunics can easily take on the appearance of a shapeless sack if its the wrong shape for your body or if it is not styled properly. 

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