Tunic Dresses For Big Busts

Tunic dresses for big busts are very popular, primarily because they are casual, versatile and hide a lot of lumps and bumps. The history is long and deep but their current popularity stems from the ability to wear them with a variety of 'bottoms'.

Tunic dresses for big bustsFor Big Busts

These are also not just 'Western' wear. In Asia the kurti and Africa the dashiki are also very close cousins. As are shift and smock dresses.

These garments are popular because they suit most body shapes, whether you are tall or short; they span all age groups and can be worn on casual or more formal occasions. 

So why does this photo get pride of place at the top of the page? Because these particular tunic dresses specifically cater for big boobs. The style comes in 3 sizes, B-DD, E-GG and H-K.

This page is principally a variety of photos of different styles which you can hopefully use to inspire yourself.

What Are Tunic Dresses?

Tunic dresses have a long, long history, over 2,500 years in fact. The standard mode of dress for both men and women in ancient Greece it was then copied by the Romans. The English derivation, tunic stems from the Latin name tunica. (See the picture half way down the right column.)

Blue Banana - Rose Print Long Tunic Tops for big bustsSleeveless
A+D Womens Loose Fit Flowy Stretch Knit Crewneck Tank TunicLoose Fit

These two examples are sleevelss but the hem height, straps, material; in fact almost every feature can vary so there is a lot of choice for you.  Tunic dresses can even be a more than useful LBD variation.

It is difficult to see from the photos but the print dress is worn over jeans, whereas the model has bare legs on the right. Simple examples of the different uses you can put tunic dresses to.

They are similar to and often described as long shirts and are usually put on over the head.

There is an enormous amount of variation in style, they usually have an element of A line cut; they can have sleeves or be sleeveless and generally they come down to between the hips and mid thigh.

They have been likened to both smock dresses and shift dresses and sometimes retailers do mix the terms.

They also now come in a variety of fabrics, rather than the original shirt like materials.

How To Wear Them

The wonderful thing about tunic dresses is that they come in so many styles and variations. Below I am going to look at some of the most popular variations, styles and cuts so you can pick up ideas you can adapt to suit yourself.

Patterned or Monochrome

koobea Casual tunic dress for big busted womenAccessorise it
KRISPĀ® Womens 2 in 1 Boho Gypsy Dress Jersey Top Pleated A Line Necklace TunicGypsy Style

The scarf in the photo on the left does not come with the dress but has been added. I thought it worked really well so I wanted to show it to provide you an idea of how one can accessorize this style.

Generally I advise against high neck dresses as they are not the best look for big busted women but the sleeveless aspect on both of these two examples mean that the eye is drawn down and away by that naked vertical flesh.

As you can see, the horizontal do not add bulk, as many assume they might. I have actually devoted a specific page to this issue if you are of a mind - see striped dresses.

In Various Fabrics

DKNYC Women's Modern Crepe and Chiffon Double Layer Dress with Metal Neck TrimCrepe
Legend E.C Women's denim long sleeve single-breasted shirt dressDenim

These garments can found in a whole host of fabrics and I could have chosen from a number but I have opted to show a crepe number and for contrast, a denim dress. I note that the Amazon seller of the crepe dress is DKNYC, I am not sure but I suspect that is not 'the' DKNY. That sais, the price is just a tad less too.

Bare Legs / Nylons

Butterfly Pattern Chiffon Dress for big breastsChiffon
Gypsy Style Smock Dresses for big boobsGathered Neckline

Personally I am too old for dresses way above the knee but think it is a useful example for younger women, or if you are sufficiently confident. The other way tunic dresses for big busts can be worn is over jeans. A very simple but stylish look.

Jeans or any form of slacks are also a fabulous option if you feel the top is too short.

With Leggings

LeggingsQueen Women's Short Sleeve Swing Dress Tunic TopShort Sleeve
Womens Italian Quirky Layering Dress V-Neck Ladies Tunic TopTunic Top

The tunic dress on the left is actually described as a swing dress. The one on the right is described as a layering dress. Note how the hemline covers the hips - an absolute bonus for many of us.

This is probably the single biggest advantage of tunic dresses. They just simply work so well with leggings and / or jeans, particularly if you have big hips or a squishy tummy but good legs.

With Jeans, Pants (or Trousers)

Dipped Hem Tunic TopDipped Hem
Embroidered Trim Tunic TopEmbroidered Trim

Whilst leggings are extremely popular, jeans, pants, trousers or slacks can all be worn just as effectively with tunic dresses.

The dipped hem, colour black tunic, worn with jeans provides a very modern feel. as does the simple embroidered trim dress on the right. 

With Boots

82 Days Women'S Rayon Span Basic Round Neck Long Sleeves DressRound Neck
Umgee Women's Bohemian Tunic or DressBohemian Style

As can be seen here, you can wear different styles of boot. In this instance knee length boots for the colder months or ankle boots. You can experiment to suit yourself. Versatility is one of the hallmarks of the 

Shirt Style

Shirt Tunic TopPreppy Look
Tunic Shirt DressShirt Dress

Whilst this style has clearly been around for hundreds of years, it was most recently re-invigorated as a long shirt style dress. Whilst it has morphed into other fabrics, I thought it would be useful to show some of the shirt styles.

I know the models used by this retailer are hardly the best advert for dresses for big boobs but I am merely trying to show the material and style.

With a Defined Waist

Short Sleeve Tunic DressTie Top
Laura Ashley Tunic dress for big bustsScoop Neck

Whilst this recent revamp started as a long shirt style it has morphed into many variations and one includes some form of waist tie. The one pictured on the left is actually an elasticated waist (below the bust) with mock ties but the principle is the same.

Please note however, that generally there is no tie, tunic dresses simply flow down like an A line dress. Once you start to add belts or elasticated waists it starts to move into the realms of a different style of dress.

With Pockets

Zip pockets
Denim 24/7 Women's Plus Size Trapeze Tunic With 2 PocketsTrapeze Tunic

Pockets are rarely found on most dresses but can often be found on these. See also the two preppy style blue shirt dresses above. On those the pockets are slant cut styles. As you can see the picture on the right shows faux pockets which are decorative only.

I would always raise a caution about pockets. They are good features for inverted triangle and rectangular shaped women as they add bulk to the hips but pear shaped women should treat with caution.

The African Dashiki and Asian Kurti

RaanPahMuang Ladies White Dashiki Shirt Elastic Pull In Waist V-CollarDashiki
Kurti, An Indian TunicKurti

Both the African Dashiki and Asian Kurti are long, well established and much loved garments. If you really like tunic dresses but want to be different, there are a whole host of colourful styles available to you here.

Related page: You may just also want to have a look at the closely related cousins - smock dresses

To return to the top, go to tunic dresses for big busts

For a selection of other pretty dresses for big boobs, click the link

To get to the home page, style for busty women


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Does This Bring Back Memories?

Classic school uniform

School fashions do not vary much and many of you will remember this sort of school uniform, which of course is a typical tunic dress style.


Tunic Dresses for Busty Women

Tunic Dresses for Big BoobsOff the shoulder
Blue Banana on Amazon

Ok so actually a tunic top as opposed to a dress but the two styles are very much inter-linked. Particularly as you can wear a tunc dress over jeans, much like a top.


Glamour Empire. Women's Jersey Tunic Dress. Empire Waist Square Neck Long SleeveEmpire Line
Amazon (UK)

If you are choosing tunic dresses for big busts, it is always important to opt for a flattering neckline style. In this long sleeved example it is a simple square neck, showing lots of chest but no real cleavage.


Do tunic dresses suit busty women
John Lewis (UK)

Some big busted ladies are very self conscious and simply do not like the thought of exposing any of their chest, even above the cleavage. If that is the case I can only offer examples of quality garments and hope you consider them suitable tunic dresses for big boobs.



Ancient Greek Tunics

An ancient Greek tunicThe Original

Are tunics a new idea? Hardly. This is detail from Ancient Greek pottery, dating from 530-540 BC; on display in a Munich (Germany) museum.

As can be seen, the tunic was a common type of clothing.


A Glamorosa tunic dressButton Front
Marisota

Sorry, I forgot to add this example into my main page but wanted to add it as it is specifically made for women with big boobs.

Big breasts? Well these tunic dresses cater for cups to H-K, so whilst they are not technically dresses for big busts, I think you will understand why I wanted to mention them.



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