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will we EVER rid the concept of a TUNIC from S&B?

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Amblin Wed 05-Dec-12 07:29:15

no its none of my business
no there is still world poverty to worry about



Ephiny Wed 05-Dec-12 10:28:55

Maybe I'm misunderstanding what a 'tunic' is - I thought they were the bum-length sack-shaped jumpers like in the link above. I would look awful in one of those.

But if it's fitted, and long enough to cover your thighs, i.e. knee-length, isn't that a dress?

<not very up to date with fashion stuff>

bigmouthstrikesagain Wed 05-Dec-12 10:30:35

Looks down at the well they call it a dress but I think it is a tunic on me brown leggings and long socks (which will be covered by patterned wellies when I go back out in the snow in an hour). I am size 18 have sturdy calves and well whatever... I am not to worried about the fashion police carting me of for wearing tunics. As long as I am comfortable, don't scare small children and am not wearing a fleece, I am happy with my 'look' and honestly who do I need to impress really? I will dress appropriately for my role/ the weather everything else is just noise.

Startail Wed 05-Dec-12 10:33:34

I have tunics. With leggings/jeggings and expensive long boots they are quick comfortable and reasonably smart.

For those of us who have no reason to own office wear and court shoes, they are amazingly useful.Jeans, trainers and a hoodie are not always appropriate.

Yes I look mummsy, but I am a size 16, 40+ mum!

bigmouthstrikesagain Wed 05-Dec-12 10:35:09

I look bloody awful in jeans trainers and a hoodie btw - so I am doing myself a favour and anyone who has to look at me.

Ephiny Wed 05-Dec-12 10:36:16

Actually that fit-and-flare one looks a nice flattering shape (not so keen on the print personally!). Though I'd call that a dress and it'd probably be knee-length on me smile

I completely agree it's fine to wear whatever you like and makes you comfortable <looks down at bootcuts> blush. I was just surprised at people saying tunics were flattering for a pear shape.

bigmouthstrikesagain Wed 05-Dec-12 10:44:31

I am large of bosom, bottom, long of body and I am quite tall - I find most tops are too short and most jeans too low slung - so tunics/ dresses and leggings 'fill the gap' as it were. clothes that look flattering standing still with heels on and looking in a mirror - may not stand up to the rigours of a day looking after children (or whatever) so all my outfits have been thoroughly tested and it is no coincidence that the dress or tunic/leggin/ boots combo is one I keep coming back to.

polyhymnia Wed 05-Dec-12 10:45:49

Another who agrees with northern.

I love and wear dresses, but I most often wear things which, eg Boden, would call 'tunics'. But, as far as I'm concerned, they are simply long tops which won't persuade anyone I'm actually slim but do spare the world the sight of my camel's toe.

Also, I never buy baggy or shapeless clothes of any kind because, though large, I'm an hourglass and like some definition. And, as I'm tall with long quite slim legs, skinny jeans (don't really do leggings except round house) and a long top look good on me proportion-wise.

And wear belts, chunky necklaces, scarves, boots, etc as look good with different outfits, so don't think I look as if I haven't bothered.

Amblin Wed 05-Dec-12 10:46:14

No. Tunics only ok on skinnies.

Not over 12

polyhymnia Wed 05-Dec-12 10:46:31

In fact, as someone tall, I dread the disappearance of long tops, whatever they're called!

SquishyCinnamonSwirls Wed 05-Dec-12 10:47:00

Bigmouth I like that!

I actually couldn't give much of a damn what anyone else thinks. I have a size 15 (yes, imbetween!) waist and 18 hips. Jeans are a nightmare. I wear thick leggings/jeggings, dresses/tunics that are mid thigh length, chunky knits and big boots. Empire line is awful as my boobs are already big without being made to look bigger.

I have no need for office wear, or to generally be smart. I look after kids all day, roll around on the floor with them, walk the hound over the fields or end up doing chores. I need to feel happy and confident in what I wear and right now I actually like how I look. It might not be conventional or "on trend" but seriously, it doesn't matter!

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Wed 05-Dec-12 10:47:43

I wear ones similar to the House of Fraser one linked, although I would also decribe that as a dress. Today I am wearing one similar to this Fat Face.

I know the received wisdom is that bootcuts are more flattering to a pear shape than skinnies and boots, but bootcuts do nothing for me apart from make my legs look really big all the way down instead of just at the top (I can't wear heels). Long tops/tunics/whatever so long as they are fitted and come down to mid thigh avoid the parsnip look with skinnies.

SherbetVodka Wed 05-Dec-12 10:50:56

Yes, tunic wearers, you are sad, deluded and FAT!

You are kidding yourselves if you think that slimmer people aren't secretly laughing at you for trying to hide your flab underneath comfortable body skimming clothing.

If you wore tighter fitting clothes then you would, of course, look even worse. But then you'd be appropriately self conscious about your tubby body and your lack of self control and you wouldn't give other people the impression that you may not be completely aware of how FAT you are.

Horrid, bitchy thread hmm

PetFox Wed 05-Dec-12 10:50:57

There is definitely some confusion over what constitutes a tunic...e.g. Topshop calls these tunics:

clearly a dress

also a dress

I would wear these with tights or bare legs, depending on weather. Would other people wear them with trousers or leggings?

bigmouthstrikesagain Wed 05-Dec-12 10:53:51

Ok Amblin I am over 12 - what am I 'allowed' to wear - pray tell? Just because two people are the same dress size does not mean their proprtions are the same - my 6'3" sister is size 18 and you would not dress her the same as a size 18 5'3" woman would you?

AuntAda Wed 05-Dec-12 10:56:53

If you are over 5'10", then anything that most mainstream shops call a dress will effectively be a tunic, ie. you won't be able to wear it without jeans or leggings underneath.

By the same token anything that mainstream shops call a tunic will just be a long T-shirt.

go figure.

Onemoreforgoodmeasure Wed 05-Dec-12 10:57:57

Leggings and tunics. Wow, I've only recently found them, it is such a comfortable combination! I've been mc'ing the last year and my weight, while in the healthy range, has fluctuated enough to make my standard wardrobe unreliable. Tunics and leggings though are very reliable. And did I say how comfortable they are? Wow, so, so comfortable.

bigmouthstrikesagain Wed 05-Dec-12 11:00:11

pet fox - my definition of a tunic is anything too short to be a dress on me - if it is on the knee it is a dress ... that is probably not the right definition but it decides whether tights or leggings/ jeggings are to be worn with it

Ephiny Wed 05-Dec-12 11:00:39

Yes those are both dresses IMO as well. Though maybe if you're tall they'd be too short to wear with bare legs/tights. I've seen similar in Topshop and on me they look like they'd be just above the knee.

Actually I would quite like to find some tops that don't come down past my hips!

Ephiny Wed 05-Dec-12 11:01:23

(I am 5'2" so maybe different perspective to some here!)

HullyEastergully Wed 05-Dec-12 11:02:22

There is a reason that women in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh etc wear thigh length tops (call them what you will). And it is a good reason and one we do well to emulate.

lostconfusedwhatnext Wed 05-Dec-12 11:11:33

Here is my tunic hypothesis.
In the olden days, people often did not have enough to eat let alone too much, especially carbs and sugar, and it was not the norm for people to be podgy. Only those with a definite genetic inclination to chub out would do so, usually people who are pear-shaped or hourglass-shaped. People of pear- or hourglass-shaped women look nice in dresses and skirts with waists. Nowadays there is a lot more chubbiness about and there are many more chubby-ish apple-shaped women, who are those who are less genetically inclined to chub and in general have to work harder at it and probably overeat carbs and sugar, perhaps because of misguided low-fat "diet" advice they have also buggered up their metabolisms. They look good in things which show off their still-slim legs and cover their middles. This is why we are seeing the tunic.

Tunics are for pregnancy. I judge the non-pregnant who wear them. Unfairly, but I do. Not for being chubby - I am chubby. Just for wearing tunics.

MarshaBrady Wed 05-Dec-12 11:12:14

I didn't know they were so popular until mn. I don't see them very often at all.

MakeHayInAManger Wed 05-Dec-12 11:15:23

What a weird thread. First, why the shiny fuck would anyone care what anyone else wears? And secondly - well, in case anyone does care, I love "tunics" and leggings (size 10/12, somewhere nearer 40 than 30, kick-ass waist and butt but mum-tum, just in case all that is important). Leggings and long top/dress/tunic makes me feel sexy - a lot more than the MN uniform of jeans, anyway.

Judge away. Then off you fuck.

SanityClause Wed 05-Dec-12 11:19:22

Blimmin' 'ell, better run!

It's the fashion police!

Feelingdetached Wed 05-Dec-12 11:20:01

Sick of seeing sizing comments I'm a size 18 and if I want to wear leggings, tunics and shockingly skinnies then tough. Any skinny clothes horse snobs on here who don't like that can go fuck themselves. You don't own any god given rights to have exclusivity on any garments.

Avert your bloody nasty eyes.

Never see post about boney shapeless skinnie people wearing skinnies and they look like they have no srse and. Ore tenn boylike.

For a site that is so PC about protecting womens rights on a numbe of issue it rattle the shit out of me to see this sort of thing on S and B

Not directed at anyone in particular.

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