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From the ancient Romans to hippies: the history of the tunic

One of the most fashionable summer garments — tunic. Appearing in its classical form even in ancient times, it has undergone many changes before reaching the present day

Tunic dress entered the modern woman's wardrobe recently. However, it quickly gained popularity due to its versatility. Because the tunic depending on the style and fabric appropriate not only for the trip to the beach, and it is good for evening, and even for the office.

The history of this thing is rooted deep in antiquity. Long before our era loose garments that can be considered a type of tunic, put men and women in Africa. Then it began to wear Persian soldiers and attendants of the king. At that time it was a long dress with a large sleeves and a wide belt, which was worn exclusively by men.

Take the turnover

In Ancient Greece wore clothes that didn't cut and not sewed. The main purpose of these things was to help to transfer heat and not to allow to scorch under the sun. To cover the nakedness in those days is not particularly sought. More important was considered the natural cooling of the skin, not modesty. In addition, such clothes facilitate women breast-feeding. So people clothed in simple piece of linen or cotton, wrapped around the body, which is called chiton. Try to imagine: a rectangle about one meter by two meters, folded in half vertically and slaughtered on the shoulders. A mandatory attribute was the zone, which was done production of fabric. Heaton perfectly underscores silhouette: when the wind just cut the fabric on the sides, you could see a naked leg. Initially they were made without patterns, and the role of decorative elements performed folds. But later were decorated no less lavishly than other types of clothing.

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In ancient times wore tunics, maginifico: still from the TV series "Rome"

In Ancient Rome, the tunic has become a tunic. General view became more focused and rigorous, and the number of folds decreased significantly. Tunic in those days served the ancient Roman everyday home clothes. She no longer looked like a simple piece of cloth, which draped the body. Sewn from two panels, it covers both shoulders, and was worn over the head and at first had only a side arm openings. Then she had short, elbow-length sleeves, which did not vivalis, and formed by folds of cloth; long considered a sign of foppishness and effeminacy. The collar was not — this part was deprived of all antique clothing. Long, knee-length, tunic girdled. However, without folds, she began to look less expressive. Striving for diversity, the clothes were decorated with embroidery, brooches and ribbons.

First, in Ancient Rome, the tunic was worn only by warriors. However, assessing the convenience of this garment, its borrowed and women. Civilian variation called intimacy. It was longer than the military, and it can be belting. And you should pay attention that the tunic was considered under clothing. In order to meet the requirements of public morality, leaving home, Roman women wore the table, a long robe which reached the ankles. Arose gradation, according to which the length of the tunic and its decorative elements were determined in accordance with the bar. For example, a table with a train could only be worn aristocrat. Know sported in white, and members of the lower classes wore clothes made from fabric in muted colors. Came the decals, which were sewn onto the robes of the illustrious soldiers and politicians.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, the tunic came into use among the Byzantines, and then became popular in Eastern culture. The Arabs contributed to the fact that it actively began to decorate with different stones and embroidery. No wonder it is so loved the rich.

For a long time this thing was exclusively in the East. In Europe, it was revived only in the second half of the XVIII century, in the heyday of the Empire style. But even at this time, it could wear only the most daring fashionistas, the wide popularity she gained. In the XIX century the tunic disappeared from the everyday life of Europeans and survived in a certain form only in the vestments of priests, but not lost, however, its significance from the Eastern Nations.

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Tunic perfect for any figuretta: Instagram.com/forever21

Kids colors

Now let's jump in our time. In the late sixties of the twentieth century, the youth of Western countries rebelled against the bourgeois lifestyle and the Vietnam war. The slogan "make love, not war" became the motto of a whole generation. This Outlook is reflected in the appearance of young people: regardless of gender, they began to wear long hair, flared jeans and tunics, painted with various floral ornaments and symbols. The last was back in fashion due to the fact that hippies loved to travel to different countries, including in India, whence was brought almost forgotten in the West clothes. Ethnic style, which flourished in the era of the hippies, took a strong position in the fashion world.

Then Eastern culture and fascinated with the world of fashion. But unlike outfits Indian elders their version of the tunic was much shorter. First caught this trend, Yves Saint Laurent, creating models in sandy colors with sexy lacing for a Bohemian audience. Since this thing is firmly entrenched in the wardrobe of the stars: the singer Marianne faithfull, actress MIA Farrow and Ursula Andress sported at parties in embroidered tunics from fabrics with Indian Paisley pattern. And in our time, designers are not tired to interpret this classic piece of clothing on its own. Thus, the designer Matthew Williamson is fond of psychedelic patterns, and Diane von Furstenberg decorates his works with applications of sequins.

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Tunic can be worn alone or with brugnetto: Instagram.com/etro

And without rules

Today, the tunic is called the clothes that fits several criteria: has no collar and is a one-piece front and back. Tunic can be with sleeves or without, with slits on the sides and without them. Length can range remains unchanged, only the condition that your thighs were closed.

So how should we combine this bright thing with others in order to look stylish? The first thing you need to understand when choosing a tunic is that it is all. Rather, any figure you can pick the perfect model. You little growth or high, narrow or broad shoulders — you can always find an option that will suit you. Incidentally, the tunic is perfect full women, because thanks to the free cut and prints it hides the roundness that you want to disguise. But also look attractive and thin people who would like to visually make the figure more voluminous.

When you select should pay attention to the neck. Most beautiful models — V-neck and round neck. But the complete more suitable square that accents the look on the face and neck, distracting attention from the problem areas.

Every season fashion designers offer new and current colors, but the white tunic is out of competition. Stylish, elegant and completely versatile. This model refreshes the image, looks great in the summer and goes for any color type. Want to create a more discreet look, or just to seem slimmer? Choose a black thing.

Match this wardrobe staple with almost anything. For example, tunic with shorts — great for hot weather. By the way, you can wear any shorts from jeans or linen, light, dark, ripped, short or long, tight or baggy... This thing looks good with pants, to facilitate the whole look, but it is important that the bottom was without an abundance of accessories, embroidery and pockets. To many it will seem too bold, but the tunic is able perfectly combined with a leather jacket. Moreover, the jacket may be short, reaching to the waist, and the tunic is longer. Or throw on the shoulders of the jacket, sleeves rolled up. It can even be worn with a denim jacket, given that we just returned to the fashion style of the eighties. Do not experiment except that the trench, although the designers probably will soon offer us some options. Want to wear a tunic to the office? No problem, too! Choose a simple model without an abundance of vivid details and create a great ensemble with a pencil skirt or straight plain trousers.

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The dark color helps to look Stroineft: Instagram.com/lamercader_bcn

Shoes wear elegant, such as sandals, flat shoes or open sandals. In this case, it will result in a deliberately ethnic. And if you do not like this task, you can wear a tunic with shorts and ankle boots, with particularly impressive will look of the boots in country style with fringe.

Must-have accessory for tunics belt. It helps to play with the form, emphasizing the hips or waist, making it if you need it thinner. A belt to a tunic can be both broad and narrow, leather or cotton, plain or patterned. You can also as it to use a colored silk handkerchief. Don't forget a couple of bracelets or a long necklace — and a hippie style ready!

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