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The Year of the Tunic – Fashion for Women Over 50

tunics for women

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?

tops for older baby boomer women fashion clothingWell, 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.

Tunics Are my Favorite Topsbest clothing for women over 50 or 60

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.

(article continues)

Continue reading about tunics for women over 50 on page two.

Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. cam

    Hello and thanks for this great site!

    May I subscribe to updates by email?



    • Tina-Boomerina


      I don't know how to do RSS or whatever. I sometimes send out newsletters and I can put you on the list, but the best place to see our new articles is on Google Plus - https://plus.google.com/?utm_source=bk&utm_medium=ha&utm_campaign=plusgeneralb2c&gpsrc=ussebr&utm_term=%2Bgoogle+%2Bplus&gclid=CL_xprLcjroCFcg1QgodJQ8AUA&partnerid=ussebr#103607853507781250218/posts

      • cam

        OK, I'll check that out, Tina. Lots of inspiring content here...best wishes!

        ~ Cam

      • Lisa


        If you're using a templated website, it is fairly easy to incorporate an RSS feed into your blog. They really are nice to have because it means that if people have their Homepage set up to a default like Netvibes, or a smartphone RSS Reader app, they will automatically get your latest stuff in their feed. Google Reader used to be the go to...but now people are using Netvibes and Feedly as well as other apps. You're articles will come up in a beautiful magazine format if done correctly.

      • Lisa

        Oh! I just noticed you are using WordPress...so it should be fairly straight-forward. You might even be able to find a plugin that helps you put it in the sidebar. An RSS feed will be built for anything that is a blog post - automatically out-of-the-box. I did a quick search and saw that there is a plugin called FeedSmart RSS from FeedBlitz...there are probably others. If you need any quick help, you can email me.

        Love the articles...very fun. Some great ideas from the flapper article...I'd love to incorporate some of the styling into some necklaces and possibly embellishing a purse.

        • Tina-Boomerina


          I was having terrible problems with scraper sites, but I may change to an RSS feed if I think that Google Authorship is mitigating that issue. Thanks for suggesting it.

          I'm glad you like the site. We have a lot of fun here.

          Tina Boomerina

  2. kay kerns

    Love tunics! Good article :)

  3. Sunshine

    Does anyone know where I can buy that floral tunic? Gorgeous!

  4. Julie Phillips

    Do you have a pattern for this tunic? I love it and would like to make some tunic top pj's for family for christmas.


    Love your site!

  5. Betty Gibson

    How do I get in touch with your company to place an order

  6. robin phillips-knotts

    Could you tell me where that red cowl neck tunic is from please? ty!

  7. Tina-Boomerina


    Cowl neck is from LaRedoute.com, but it's from last year. I don't think they still have it, but you could check. Sorry.


  8. Tina-Boomerina

    ps This article is from last year. They may have something similar. T