September 19, 2014 Wardrobe Essentials: The Tunic

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.

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Tunics of ancient Rome and Greece

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.

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Heavy Brigade Rough-rider of the 5th Dragoon Guards, after the 1856 Battle of Balaklava in the Crimea

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!

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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:

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Choose empire waists or hip details, avoid clingy fabrics. V-necks draw attention up to your face. Dark colors are best.

Petra Top $59, San Cristobal Tunic $79, San Bartolo Tunic $199

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Keep away from shapeless silhouettes. Open necklines and 3/4 sleeves show collar bones and wrists.
Shorter length tunics are best. Choose small scale patterns.

L’Automne Tunic $110, Chevron Lace Pullover $149, Medina Tunic $159

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Choose tailored or more fitted shapes. V-necks will play up your bust.

Winter Garden Top $89, MacDougal Henley $139, Caribe Tunic $159

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Choose slight A-line shapes, longer lengths with asymmetric hems and side vents. Wider necks broaden shoulders.

Shadow Lace Tee $79, Eloise Tunic $110, Etienne Top $59

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Choose styles with 3-D details and ruching to enhance curves.

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.

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August 28, 2014 PC’s Fall statement accessories

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Often in nature, the bigger, the brighter and the bolder you are, the more you get noticed. This season we are going all out with BIG, BRIGHT and BOLD accessories that are sure to get you noticed!

BIG floppy hats and slouchy totes exude presence.Fotor0827153115

Ashbury Hat $359

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Mila Handle Clutch $289

BRIGHT beads and pattern make outfits stand out.Fotor0827154018

Pastiche Necklace $129

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Chavin Shoulder Bag $249

BOLD geometrics and pendants bring edge to the norm. Fotor082715504

Mercado Tote $49

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Lobo Pendant $169

Following nature’s lead, while staying true to our Peruvian heritage, many of our Peruvian accessories are BIG, BRIGHT and BOLD, making a strong statement every time they are worn.Fotor0828150519

Chahuaytire Cuff $39

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 Barranco Necklace $110

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 20, 2014 Going BROgue

by style contributor, Julie

Fashion is a massive merry-go-round of borrowing. It’s a field where original ideas are a farce, but repurposing is paramount. You’ve surely heard someone say, “If you hold on to that long enough it’ll be back in style.” And you must be aware that couture always seems to find itself on the fast fashion circuit of what we insiders call the “High Street”. So, with all this borrowing, trading, and inspired-by styling, what’s more often than not a lady’s most adored source of wardrobe restyling? Hold on to your pinstripes and pocket squares fellas: the fairer sex is Manning-Up and not so subtly stealing your style!

Borrowing from the boys is something we have loved doing for centuries. Case-in-point, high heels were actually invented so a MAN’s foot wouldn’t slip out of the stirrup whilst riding his horse into fierce battle…yup, our men once wore stilettos willingly, and they liked it! So, why do women go gaga over a guy’s apparel? It’s the almost anarchist juxtaposition of masculine power being perfectly married with ultra-soft femininity that make it such a sexy and sought after approach to dressing.

How, though, do you capture this elegant femininity that bares a bite?

1. Be a damsel in his dress…shirt that is: One of the most popular take-aways from the closet of the GQ’er is his crisp white button down. But why stop there? That traditional shirt can be reworked to better suit you. Give it a little length or play with patterns that are customarily manly. Give his dress shirt a little more darling!

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Deco Plaid Shirtdress $249

2. Take back the man bag: So what! Sometimes the boys steal from us too, but there’s nothing wrong with taking back what was truly ours. The man bag has become a staple with the Wall Streeter and studious collegiate alike, and what they’ve done with the handbag has changed their worlds. With a little “lady” added back, we can capitalize on the utility without the fuss of a “too-fancy-to-carry-your-computer-in” bag.

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Sutton Canvas Tote $159, Mila Handle Clutch $289

3. Posh up his plaids: We’re not advocating you wear those anti-social blah plaids made popular by ‘90’s grunge bands, but we are suggesting that with a little rework going from Lumber Jack to “Lumber-Just-Perfect” will be pretty easy.

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Dakota Sheath $249, Artist’s Tunic $229

4. Chapeau of a Beau: Accessories are the easiest way to make a fashion statement without making a commitment. If you want to dip your toe into these uncharted waters, with the perk of concealing a possible undesirable hair situation, nothing says, “I’m channeling my inner alpha” more than a hat. Skip the flowers and anything that might read Derby and go more Diane Keaton.

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Nolita Fedora $249, Bellamy Fedora $259

When you’re building your inventory for Fall, there’s nothing wrong with being inspired by the Toms, Dicks and Harrys of the world…you’ll make it look even more extravagant anyway!

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August 12, 2014 Seeking Shade

by style contributor, Julie

Everybody has a favorite color, one that they seem to gravitate to no matter what other options are offered.  At Peruvian Connection, our colors come together to tell a well-woven story of culture, artisan crafts and global travels. Whether muted and washed, or regal and rich, color is one of our favorite ways of telling our story. This Fall, selecting the perfect shades to color our collection got quite deep.

We wondered what would happen if we went royal with the rainbow and took our favorite tones down a notch. Here’s how we’re telling our color story this Fall.

Ultramarine: An alluring take on your tried-and-true blue, Ultramarine marries the perfect balance between Royal Blue and Navy with a stunning simple complexity that steals the eye but manages an almost neutral-like versatility.

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Isumi Cardigan $179; Brimfield Henley $159

Merlot: An exquisite take on red that floods the garment with sophistication. Merlot evokes thoughts of walks on Italian cobblestone streets, or memories of espresso-sipping at a corner café in Provence.

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Sybil Dress $520

Tarragon, Clover and Petrol Green: The grown-up versions of the classic Kelly green, these are rich colors that are perfectly fitting for Fall.  Living up to its reputation as the color that’s most associated with youth, hope and envy, these updated and elevated shades of green will leave onlookers lusting for more.

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Garland Tee $59; Studio Pullover $129

Pewter: What would a season of jewel tones be without a little precious metal? Pewter is a lustily stainless-steel finish that, like Ultramarine, is strong enough to stand alone but can unexpectedly complement any color, finish, weave, or texture to create a polished look.

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Heraldic Thermal Top $69, East End Jeans $179; Sutton Canvas Tote $159

These key colors along with a palette full of robust jeweltones are what’s painting Peruvian’s Fall and Holiday collections. No matter if they are stoically standing alone, or mingled majestically in a whimsical print or pattern, we’re sure this season you’ll undoubtedly find the hue that’s oh so you!

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July 29, 2014 Got IT?

by style contributor, Julie

We generally stay away from the dirty little word “trend” here at PC. These five letters imply quick fading, flash in the proverbial pan styles that are literally in vogue one minute and very back of the closet the next. Shopping trends and stacking your racks with fast fashion is a method that we couldn’t find more tragic. Key pieces that are exquisitely tailored, expertly styled, and come with an ample life expectancy are items that send our hearts pitter-pattering.  Every season we call our most lavish of these pieces our “IT” pieces.  Although these styles are on point with what’s trending, they are far from trendy and will revamp your wardrobe, taking it from so-right-this-second to always classic, with one whip of a stitch.

So here’s our “IT” Piece answer to what’s Trending:

The Not-So Conspicuous Cut Out…
Creatively placed cut outs can be an alluring way to show a little skin – BUT, there’s a fine line between keeping it chic and giving the world more than just a peek!cut outsWhat’s Trending: Cut Outs (PHOTO: Style Du Monde, as seen on Whowhatwear.com) | Our “IT” Piece: Donatella Dress $218

In The Trenches…
There’s nothing trendy about it: the classic coat in a rich camel color. If your closet is without one, you’re missing a piece that would have inevitably changed your life forever.camel coatWhat’s Trending: Camel Coats (PHOTO: Getty / Pascal Le Segretain as seen on FabSugar.com) | Our “IT” Piece: Marlborough Coat $498

Lighter Than Leather…
It’s been up and coming, and for great reason. It’s the look of leather, the breathability of cotton, and the green-ness of granola.  Coated denim has finally staked its claim as a fashion staple.

coated denimWhat’s Trending: Coated Denim (PHOTO: Marc Piasecki/GC Images as seen on Whowhatwear.com) | Our “IT” Piece: East End Jeans $179

On Guard…Crochet…
Handcrochet and look-a-like lace have morphed from a tiny hem detail to an all over impressive affect. Not for the faint of fashion heart, these it pieces take a little flare to wear.

all over lace What’s Trending: All-Over Lace (Lily Aldridge as seen on WhoWhatWear.com) | Our “IT” Piece: Nico Tunic $398

So remember leave trendy to the fashion-not-knowers, the teens and in-betweens, and the tries-too-hards, because there’s nothing more très jolie than a woman who’s got “IT”.

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