by PC designer, Karen
The garment that today we call a tunic has an ancient origin. The garment originally called a tunic was derived from the Greek chiton, a simple square or rectangular piece of fabric pinned or sewn at one shoulder and gathered at the waist with a girdle or belt.
These were adopted and called Tunica by the Romans around 300BCE. The length, fit and ornamentation of the garment that was worn by men and women alike was dependent on the wearer’s standing in society. The tunic continued to be the basic garment of both sexes throughout the Byzantine period and into the early Middle Ages, by which time they all were decorated with some form of embroidery or braid at the neck, hem and cuffs.
The waist-length jackets worn by British soldiers since Napoleonic times provided little protection in the dreadful winter conflict of the Crimean War of 1854, that they were lengthened to mid thigh to provide better protection. Thereafter they were called tunics, after the tunica of those valiant ancient Roman soldiers.
At Peruvian Connection there is nothing we love so much as a great story, especially one that links the textiles, fabrics and garments we love back to their origins. We knew there had to be a reason why we loved and reached for our tunic styles so much!
Layering garments of different lengths is this season’s most modern way to wear our tunics.
(Above: Deco Plaid Shirtdress $249, Edo Cardigan $159, Elson Cropped Pants $159)
We love them now not so much for the extra warmth, but still for the same reason: it covers our derriere. Also, because at the end of summer, it is a transition piece that can be worn alone as a dress and also increasingly layered – as chilly evenings start and nights grow longer – over pants or skirts. And because there is a tunic that is perfectly flattering for everyone, they are the easy pieces we reach for on a daily basis at PC.
Below is our quick primer to help you decide on the most flattering tunic for your gorgeous body:
Petra Top $59, San Cristobal Tunic $79, San Bartolo Tunic $199
L’Automne Tunic $110, Chevron Lace Pullover $149, Medina Tunic $159
Winter Garden Top $89, MacDougal Henley $139, Caribe Tunic $159
Shadow Lace Tee $79, Eloise Tunic $110, Etienne Top $59
Gossamer Tunic $99, Charlotte Pullover $169, Artist Tunic $229
If you get the chance to visit one of our stores, one of our wonderful associates can help you decide on other tunic styles to flatter your body type.