Vintage essential yellow tunic on white background

Photography_ Jon Ervin

Styling_ Gabrielle Marceca

Text_ Hanna Canham

The original genderless garment, worn since Ancient Roman times, a simple and boxy cut dress that is all about comfort and ease, while still looking refined and relaxed. The Tunic is the ultimate garment for everybody.

The 1970s is our favorite decade for tunics or kaftans, from Issey Miyake Plantation tunics in stripes and prints, to glamorous Halston styles, or bohemian beach throw-ons.  For romantic tunics with intricate embroideries turn to Antiques from France or Eastern Europe. For minimalist boxy cuts, or more evening style silk shantung tunics it’s the 1960s.

Brands to look for: Calvin Klein, Comme des Garçons, Claude Montana, Guy Laroche, Geoffrey Beene (Beene Bag), Halston, Issey Miyake (Plantation), Norma Kamali, The Row, Yves Saint Laurent

Key decades: Antique, 1960s, 1970s 

Fabrics: Cotton, linen, silk. Or suede for something different. 

Colors: Go for simple patterns like stripes, or checks, or plain colors. White, black, blues, greys, browns or earthy tones are all easy to wear on repeat. 

Style notes: Tunics tend to be one size fits most, so a great piece to buy online. A simple sandal is the only other thing you need.