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