Saturday, July 3, 2010


Zanzibar Island (from
As the season of pool parties and exotic vacations enters full swing, the most pressing issue becomes:  What cover-up should I pack?  From the exotic drape of a sarong to the surfer vibe of a rash guard shirt, we are faced with a delightful cornucopia of tops to hide under.

One of the best cover-up choices is THE TUNIC.  It is always in style, is nearly universally-flattering to most women and provides instant bohemian glamor.   Depending on the print, it can even transport you straight onto an exotic beach in Zanzibar or put you on a rooftop pool of some hip hotel.  So let's see what choices we can pull from the clothes line:


lacy cover-up for a hotel pool

If you are at a chic resort, a Sophisticated rather than Bohemian take on the tunic is more appropriate.

The lacy white tunic above, or the embroidered neutral one below, can work well in more sophisticated surroundings.

By the hipster hotel pool, your tunic can look great with some metallic gladiator sandals or beaded, leather flip flops.
embroidered tunic in neutral hue


Pucci-esque print with beading
You can really go wild for color and print in these locations.  The backdrop of turquoise sea, azure sky and flora bursting with colors demands accompaniment.

Bare legs and and bare feet are all you need on the white sands!  Of course, shell-embellished flip flops are a comfortable alternative.


modern Indian tunic
The right fit ensures not only a functional cover-up but a chic look as well.
  • Make sure the neckline and arm holes are roomy enough for easy pull-overs
  • A deep neckline adds a slimming touch and can give just enough peek-a-boo appeal to your bikini underneath
  • Ensure ample coverage in the rear and front.  Mid-thigh is a flattering length for most people.
  • A slightly tailored fit rather than boxy cut looks more modern and figure-flattering

African print

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