The Year of the Tunic – Fashion for Women Over 50
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
The more I look around online for something to buy… you know… something I might actually wear… the more I start to feel like this is “The Year of the Tunic”. Maybe it’s been “The Year of the Tunic” for the last five years, but it really seems like online clothing retailers are ramping it up a notch. I mean… it’s tunics, tunics, tunics everywhere. Tunics are multiplying faster than Playboy Bunnies. But, what is a tunic? Is it a dress? Is it a top?
Well, it depends. Some tunics are too short to be dresses and some tunics are too long to be tops. But, most tunics can go AC/DC. On the other hand, there appear to be many items that probably shouldn’t be labeled “tunics” at all because they don’t look very much like tunics… to me. Sometimes they look like caftans or dresses or blouses or T-shirts or jackets.
What is a Tunic? (You Say Tomayto, I Say Tomotto)
I THINK I know what a tunic is, but let me double check by looking it up on Wikipedia:
“A tunic is any of several types of garment for the body, usually simple in style, reaching from the shoulders to a length somewhere between the hips and the ankles… blah blah blah.” Okay, that’s no big freaking help.
A garment with a length of "somewhere between the hips and the ankles" could be anything from a maternity swimsuit to a flowered flannel nightgown. So much for finding the true definition of what a tunic is.
Hey, I don’t know what the word “tunic” means to people in London, Sydney, or Tunisia, but I’m pretty sure that MY people would consider a tunic to be something akin to a simple minidress that slips on over your head… you know… the kind of easy-to-sew, zipperless garment that you might have made in seventh-grade Home Ec. class.
As far as I know, in the good ole U.S. of A., a tunic is a simple, loose-fitting garment that is long enough to cover your bootie, with a couple of inches to spare. And, if I were to go into a mildly meditative trance to help myself visualize a high-resolution, real-world tunic, my mind would come up with an extremely lightweight top with some kind of sleeves, although I’m flexible on the sleeves part.
And, maybe this has something to do with growing up in the 60’s and being a bit of a boho hippie, but meditating about tunics seems to fill the air with the smell of Turkish rugs and hashish and incense and peppermints. Naw… just kidding. But, that was fun to write.
Actually, hippie guys, as well as chicks, wore Mexican and Moroccan tunics back in the 60’s. And, those old-school peasant tops were made of loosely woven, undyed cotton muslin, which had simple (but colorful) embroidered floral and geometric motifs on the necklines and the cuffs.
This Tunic Article Continues on the Next Page
Unfortunately, I had to break this article into two pages. If you want to keep reading all the strange thoughts that are pouring out of my mind while I'm in the flow, you'll have to go to the next page. And, I know that most of you don't like to click on the number 2. I don't know why that would be. It's always fun to find out what's behind door number 2.
You might find the tunic of your dreams if you go to the next page. Or... you might find nothing and you'll have to wear what's already in your closet. Bummer. Boring. Sorry. I can only do so much. I'm not a fashion designer. I'm just showing you what I like.
Really. There's more to read on the next page.
Continue reading about tunics for women over 50 on page two.