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Because the Tunic is Where it’s At

Or rather, because leggings are where it’s at.

I’ll admit, I was anti-legging for a very long time. I didn’t feel comfortable wearing tight black pants. I didn’t think it was flattering (maybe it really isn’t flattering).

I didn’t have the right tops to wear with said leggings.

It just wasn’t me.

It was All Wrong.

Until…my jeans got too tight (uh, hello brownies!) and I realized how COMFORTABLE leggings can be. There is something to be said for that elastic waistband. And, well, elastic EVERYTHING.

It’s divine. Flattering or not.

I must insert my disclaimer here: I am NOT a fashion expert. I have no sense of style WHATSOEVER and would wear my pajamas to work, the grocery store, and pretty much everywhere if it was remotely acceptable. I don’t follow trends. I rarely buy clothes, and when I do, I shop at Target. Although I did just discover TJ Maxx, but that’s another story (So far, I’ve limited myself to the home goods section).

Fashion sense or no, I know this: leggings require tunics. In my opinion. I need that magic length that isn’t too short…isn’t too long. Lands mid-thigh. Avoids the I’m-wearing-a-gunny-sack look.

I know. It’s a lot to ask for.

Unless you’re size four, in which case you can wear your leggings with whatever you want. And then I hate you. Except if you’re my friend and then I just pretend you aren’t skinny even if you are because I can be generous that way.

Now that it’s officially Fall (pause for simultaneous nostalgia and hysteria…), it’s time to bust out the tunic-legging combo. Or dress/tunic-legging combo. It all kind of blends together sometimes.

I haven’t knit a tunic on purpose yet, although my Waterlily did come out more like a tunic. I added too much length. Best. Mistake. Ever.

(Tunic knitting secret: pick a sweater pattern and add extra length.)

I truly believe Ravelry should add a separate “Tunic” category under sweaters or tops, because tunics are actually a bit tricky to find on their platform.

All the same, this is what I came up with. I like them. I think you just might like them too. They’re simple but contemporary. Plus, I think they’ll work with leggings just fine.

Still Light by Veera Välimäki

Ease by Alicia Plummer


Tuva by Shellie Anderson

Is there another tunic pattern that you know of and love? If so, please share in the comments!

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11 thoughts on “Because the Tunic is Where it’s At

  1. My sentiments exactly! Sadly, even with a tunic and leggings, I still look like an elephant wearing a bikini but…. I love every single one of those tunics pictured and just may give one, or all, a try.

  2. I love Still Light…it’s been in my queue for a while. I recently embraced the legging too, and think it would be perfect! I knitted Ease last winter and like it a lot-just not that the pattern runs pretty narrow.

  3. i have loved leggings since the beginning of time BUT only when worn with the correct TUNIC!!!!! i love the comfort of leggings (you need to have the right ones, and sometimes that takes a little time to find) with a nice long tunic. it is my outfit of choice right now because i am only oversized in the middle. yes my belly got fat but everything else stayed small – so they work well for me!!! and i agree that ravelry should have a “tunic” category!!!

    very cute sweaters – #1 is a favorite because of color and the pockets!!!

    ps…i have been on vaca and have been missing in action. if you want a birds eye view of niagara falls stop by today, it is beautiful. i didn’t do any knitting!!!!!

    1. I saw your niagra whitewater picks. Impressive!!!!

  4. Oooh, that Still Light tunic is gorgeous! I’m adding that to my list now.

  5. […] fall days are always such a treat—still warm with rays of golden light yet cool enough to wear tunics with leggings. We enjoyed four (dirty, stinky, fun) camping trips this past summer, the last of which resulted in […]

  6. If you type in Trapeze Pullover or Oversize Sweater in Ravelry, it will pull up several sweaters that are perfect for wearing with leggings. I happen to be lucky and work virtually, so my daily uniform is yoga pants, leggings and pajamas 🙂 That doesn’t do me any good when it’s time to get into regular clothes, hence I am now doing Weight Watcher 😀 Also, Google Tunic Sweaters because there are a lot more patterns out there than are just on Ravelry!

  7. Yes, tunic length is great for leggings. I love leggings. I’m so lazy here in the burbs; all I wear are leggings and an oversized tee with Birks.

    1. I sometimes wear a chambray button-up with a longer tank underneath to cover my junk-in-the-trunk. Canvas sneakers and knee high boots work with that outfit and with tunics and leggings.

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