how to wear a tunic this summer

we’re preparing for summer over here on the blog.  this week we rolled out our top 4 summer essentials.  we’re sticking with that theme today, and rounding up a collection of some of my favorite summer tunics from the archives.  tunics are a big part of my wardrobe—they always have been and will continue to be. there’s so many different ways you can wear them, and here are 3 outfit inspirations for how to wear a tunic this summer.

with chinos

today’s ootd is casual through and through. but that’s what summer is all about. it’s time to stay cool with flowing tops, relaxed chinos, and sandals. (similar) chinos act as a neutral and ground this  (similar) tunic. yellow slide sandals are back in action. and i couldn’t resist reaching for my new (similar) straw handbag from Nordstrom to add a touch of summer whimsy.

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tunic and chinos

similar chinos | similar tunic | similar straw handbag | similar sandals 

tunic and chinos

tunic and chinos

tunic and chinos

 

tunic and chinos

with blue jeans

wardrobe basics come in a variety of styles but they always stick to neutral colors. nude, black, grey, white. if you have the basics on hand getting dressed in the morning just got a whole lot easier. (similar) denim  and an off-white (similar) tunic always make my list. as do nude pumps and handbag (similar here).  tunics cover your assets beautifully especially if you’re inclined to wear leggings. go sleeved, sleeveless or short sleeved.  they all work perfectly. 

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back to summer basics tunic, blue jeans, nude pumps and canvas handbag

similar denim | similar tunic | shoes | similar handbag

back to summer basics tunic, blue jeans, nude pumps and canvas handbag

back to summer basics tunic, blue jeans, nude pumps and canvas handbag

back to summer basics tunic, blue jeans, nude pumps and canvas handbag

 

back to summer basics tunic, blue jeans, nude pumps and canvas handbag

a linen tunic & pants

this linen tunic is wonderful. it goes with everything. and i do mean everything. take a look at today’s ootd. (similar) linen tunic paired with (similar) green linen pants . perfect summer combo. now that summer decided to stay awhile linen becomes a go-to fabric for me. yes, it wrinkles (that’s its charm) but if you want to stay cool and fresh in hot weather linen will never let you down. and it’s a natural fabric which i prefer over synthetic.

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talbots linen tunic, theory linen pants, kate spade sandals, hanner clarke handbag

similar pants | similar tunic | similar sandals | handbag 

talbots linen tunic, theory linen pants, kate spade sandals, hanner clarke handbag

talbots linen tunic, theory linen pants, kate spade sandals, hanner clarke handbag

talbots linen tunic, theory linen pants, kate spade sandals, hanner clarke handbag

talbots linen tunic, theory linen pants, kate spade sandals, hanner clarke handbag

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6 Comments

  1. Eve wrote:

    It’s a wonderful and cool look. I do have to make sure that it hangs right though so the side view looks as good as the forward view. I don’t wear knits on top very much but I do have linen and cotton and even some blends so I don’t have to iron. For coastal living where it gets very hot in Summer, these little tops fit the bill.

    Posted 5.17.20
  2. MaryLynne wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    I’m still waiting for spring. It’s 58 in Michigan. Is that a recent picture with you in high heels? I haven’t been able to wear heels since my knee surgeries. I have some lovely shoes in my closet that I would love to wear Maybe someday?

    Posted 5.17.20
  3. Pamela wrote:

    I have unusual fashion restrictions in that I cannot wear slacks or shorts due to a damaged nerve. Can you show a way to wear a tunic with a skirt and flats or sandals? I’m 66. Thanks

    Posted 5.17.20
  4. Sangita M wrote:

    I agree. Tunics are great. Go with just about anything and great for travel. Makes me want to go dig out my summer ones now!
    It must be hard to keep your posts fresh during the shutdown, but I must say, you do a fabulous job and I look forward to them!
    Take care and be well

    Posted 5.17.20
  5. Jane Powell wrote:

    Love the looks, I’m a tunic lady myself!

    Posted 5.18.20
  6. Elizabeth wrote:

    I adore your style! Following you lead here, I just scored the cutest rattan bag from Nordstrom – and on sale! I can’t wait!

    Posted 5.18.20

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