Posted by Jane Janeczko on December 19, 2013
Tunics really are great fashion staples. They’re flattering on almost every body type and they can add length and elegance to a woman who has a shorter torso. The IGIGI Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg is no different. I’ve been looking for a few comfortable, long-sleeved tops for winter that I can dress up for work and dress down for lazy weekend afternoons with friends, and I found that delicate balance with the IGIGI Marissa Plus-Size Tunic.
The tunic is made from a Poly/Viscose/Elastane and feels like a light sweater. It was warm without being stuffy and is perfect for layering. I chose to wear a thick wool sweater with the tunic, instead of a coat, and I mixed the gorgeous baroque-inspired pattern of the top with a bold stripe on the sweater to add a modern taste. The juxtaposition of the two very different patterns worked out well, especially since the deep orange and black were repeated in both garments.
One of the hardest aspects of dressing a curvy body is finding a perfect balance of layers as the seasons change. Currently, I am in Atlanta, GA, where the weather has been in the 40s and rather rainy. As a result, I am scrambling to find outfits that will keep me warm outside without overheating like crazy when I go inside. When it comes to late Fall and early Winter, I am all about the light sweaters to help me transition seasons. Layering can be a little challenging when you’re plus-sized. I recommend having a light bottom layer, with your thicker pieces being the final items you put on.
When working on layering, the most important thing to remember is to buy versatile pieces. Buy thinner tops that work well together, like sleeveless collared shirts and comfortable tanks, and don’t obsess over every piece matching precisely. Boho is in. So mix and match patterns, colors, and fabrics to your heart’s content.
Layering can be especially challenging as a plus size woman because too many bulky layers can add mass and make you look bigger. To avoid this, focus on emphasizing your waist. The Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg has a draped knot on the bodice, which emphasizes the smallest part of the waist, while giving some much needed shape. Tunics can look very boxy, and while a fun, exaggerated silhouette can be a really great look, sometimes it’s nice to have a little more structure. A good rule of thumb when checking your layering is to check out your silhouette before heading out. If you’re not showing off all of your curves to their best advantage, it’s not worth it.
When layering, it’s also important to keep the accessories minimal. I threw on some oversized sunnies, but other than that, I’m accessory free. The mixed patterns and vibrant color in the Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg add enough detail to this look for me. I didn’t feel the need to add a necklace or sparkly earrings. As Coco Chanel said, “Always remove one thing before you leave the house. Less is more.” When you’re layering this is even more accurate. Personally, I always look for pieces with intricate details because I love a good sparkle on a collar or an interesting embroidery pattern on a sweater even more than I like a statement necklace.
How would you accessorize the Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg? How do you layer? What are your tips for transitioning your wardrobe into the Winter? Let me know in the comments.