Travel Wardrobe Essentials: Women’s Tunics

Travel Wardrobe Essentials: Women’s Tunics

When planning your travel wardrobe and using one of Travel Fashion Girl’s Universal Packing Lists (of course), you’ll find that certain clothing items have more versatility than others. Luckily for you, these include fashion favorites like women’s tunics.

Women’s Tunics are Travel Must Haves!


Tunic tops for women are basically shirts of longer length who’s hem can range from mid thigh down to your knees. It’s inspiration comes from ancient Greece and Rome and its styling can be found in both trend driven and cultural fashion around the world. What makes this clothing item so great is that due to it’s length, you can use it in many different ways.

  • Pair with leggings for the extra coverage needed to be worn as travel pants.
  • Tuck into trousers and wear as a top.
  • Worn over a skirt, it can create the illusion of a dress.
  • Used as a cover up on the beach, it replaces the need for a kaftan.
  • Wear over jeans for a casual look.
  • Layer it when modesty is encouraged at temples and cathedrals.
  • Use in a light fabric to shield from the sun.
  • Use knit tunic sweaters as a sweater, top, and dress.
  • A travel must for regions like India, the Middle East, and South East Asia!
Versatility is an absolute requirement when choosing your travel wardrobe especially if you want to pack light and still look cute, too.
Tunic tops for women come in a variety of fabrics and styles so you can choose the right one for you depending on the weather in your destination. Choose a light, airy fabric in the heat and cozy knit tunic sweaters in the cold. Mix and match with the rest of your clothing for a stylishly practical travel wardrobe.

What other wonderful uses can women’s tunics offer you?

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  1. Hi,

    Where did you find those colorful tunics featured in this article? I’ve been having a hard time finding vibrant colored tunics within a budget price range.

    • I found them on – maybe now’s a good time to check sales racks for end of Summer sales! You could also try searching on Amazon. Hope this helps!

  2. Hi,

    Which brand or website did you find those colorful tunics featured in your article? I haven’t had much luck finding a tunic online with those vibrant colors.


    • They’re from but you can also try checking Amazon for variety. Thanks!

  3. I have a tunic with a drawstring that opens in the front. When I travel abroad, I use it as a robe in addition to the normal multi-function ideas.

  4. Your article is rockin’ I love tunics and have to agree about the versatality of tunics especially cotton tunics for day and evening wear make great beach tunic coverups. I bought 3 tunics from Yours Elegantly and they were lightly embroidered wore them with a pashmina scarf in the evening and next day as a beach tunic / coverup and got compliments. I have my eyes on the teal green tunic above!

    • thank you! they’re an ideal garment for travel :-)

  5. I love the concept, but I need some tunic advice! As a big busted gal with a totallly less than perfectly flat stomach, but slim around the hips and legs, I feel like tunics billow out from my chest and cling to the stomach, making it look even bigger. And inviting the “just let me die” question of “Are you pregnant”. Kill me now! But I love the concept of the tunic, and especially how it can do double and triple duty. Any recommendations on a tunic that is figure flattering?

    • Hi Vanessa, good question and yes, the “are you pregnant” situation sucks.

      One of the best ways to avoid this situation is to avoid empire style cuts that taper under the bust line. A really clean, straight cut option is best in non-stretch fabrics that do not contain Lycra or spandex. Cotton linen blends are good or polyester blends.

      Another suggestion is to choose vibrant prints or darker color so any shading is masked. With tunics, it’s ok to go a size up to get that relaxed flowy look especially if trying to prevent it clinging to your chest.

      Instead of choosing a tunic that has a straight cut, there are also one that almost form a slight bell shape towards the bottom. Look for ones without any cinching, the more simple the cut of the fabric the better! It’s ok if it looks a bit boxy. Throw on a bohemian necklace and long dangly earrings and go with the flow :-)

      This is almost an exact replica of the one I travel with and a style I really like that hides anything and everything I’d like it to:

      Loose, boxy, and flowy with a simple design. What do you think?

    • They’re a good piece and very wearable :-)


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