There is so much confusion as to what the word “tunic” actually describes. It started in the Roman Empire in the 3rd century BC. A Roman tunic was used as an under garment for a toga or just a long shirt for the lower classes. The word evolved with history, and it ended up describing a shirt, layering piece, and a dress. Different class identifications were associated with it as civilizations came and went.
This vintage tunic dress from Mercy Vintage in Oakland, CA is one of my favorites. I love the artistry in the different patterns and the unique way to make a bow. It is so comfortable and perfect for throwing on to head out the door.
Wearing a silhouette that plays such a strong part in fashion history always makes me smile. Not only do I know that I bought second hand, but I am wearing a piece that a designer put a lot of though into.
This dress is so versatile. I can wear it as a beach cover-up, a casual look like in this image, or dress it up with a long coat, bright handbag, and booties.
To keep the stripe theme going I chose some lace up/cut out shoes to create contrasting geometric shapes.