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Tunic Scrub Tops: Flattering Style

Published 30 July 10 03:05 PM
Go long.

I'm a tunic fiend. I love tunic-length tops, and I don't particularly mind that they might not be the best choice for my frame. Tunic tops are long enough to cover everything up and keep me comfy and they're usually pretty roomy so I can move around. Now, I'm not going to go all cast of Jersey Shore here and wear those tunic-length tops as dresses. I always wear pants or a skirt along with the tunic tops.

Because tunics are longer, you have to be careful of where the hem hits. Is that an area you'd like to flatter? The line created by the tunic will draw attention to that spot. An article at Lifescript had some great tips on how to find tunics that flatter your figure. The good news is that these longer tops work for every body type, though you might want to make a few tweaks to get the full flattering effects. "Accentuate the bust by choosing a low or V-neck tunic," the article states. "Hide your hips with a longer cut in a darker color. Make sure that the tunic doesn't break at your widest point, or else you'll only call attention to the very area you're trying to disguise. You can disguise jiggly arms with tunics that feature loose or balloon sleeves that extend to the elbow."

A few more tips include using the same color and pattern rules you would normally follow, like looking for dark colors and smaller patterns if you seek a slimming effect from your tunics and making sure you buy the right size, even if the fit isn't something you're used to.

Why all this tunic talk? Well, we recently got in a few tunic scrub tops, and I'm liking the longer length. Want a peek?

This tunic scrub top by Skechers has a must for making tunics flattering for leaner ladies: a cinched in, smocked waistband. This ensures that ruler-type bodies don't get lost in all that fabric. The big, bold print would also be a good fit for thin figures. I really like this print, personally. Yellow, gray and white fit well together. In addition, this tunic scrub top features longer sleeves than the usual scrub top, and that can help hide any arm imperfections (and they'll keep you warm if your workplace is frigid!).

We have more tunic scrub tops, like this paisley tunic-length top from one of our new lines, Healing Hands. This one's smocked at the top to highlight the waistline and create an empire waist that flatters many figures. The color on these tunic scrub tops is great, as well - a pretty periwinkle blue with a somewhat subtle paisley print. The smaller print and long sleeves ensure that this tunic scrub top will flatter any figure.

Finally, I found more Skechers tunic scrub tops. Featuring the smallest print of this bunch, this tunic scrub top with a tiny daisy print would work well for a range of body types. The longer sleeves help keep you warm and covered up, and like the Skechers top above, this one also features a cinched-in, elastic waistband detail and some extra smocking details.

How do you feel about tunic scrub tops? Are they your style? What about tunic-length tops outside of work?

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About Lynn Jusinski

After an internship at a home magazine where she wrote about media rooms and $500,000 pool renovations from the comfort of a teeny, cluttered dorm room, Lynn Jusinski graduated from a small college in Pennsylvania and then moved on to write for two weekly newspapers in suburban Philadelphia. A column she penned for the papers won an award from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. In 2007, Lynn moved back to the magazine world, and worked full-time as an associate editor for ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals. Her work on the magazine led to “Rookie of the Year” honors and a second place feature award in the annual Editorial Excellence Awards presented by Merion Publications Inc. In her free time, Lynn is typically stuck in traffic, shopping, reading, constructing poorly made crafts and hanging out in and around her hometown.
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