We’ve discussed tunics before, and today we’ll dig even further.
Plus sizes apple shapes look terrific in tunics, and linen tunics are no exception.
Linen is a light, breathable material that jives with casual or dressy clothes. Since we’re nearing the warm weather, I’m gonna focus on some of the best plus size linen tunics available.
What, exactly, is linen?
Linen is an ancient fabric. Linen fibers found in archeological sites date back more than 36,000 years. If you’ve ever seen an Egyptian mummy in a museum, it was probably wrapped in linen.
Ancient cultures, particularly around the Mediterranean and Africa, wore linen. See those white robes and sarongs in the hieroglyph? Those are linen. See those plant fibers they’re harvesting? Those are flax, to make linen. I’m not making this stuff up!
What is linen made from?
Let’s ask the experts at Wikipedia:
Linen/ˈlɪnᵻn/ is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen is laborious to manufacture, but the fiber is very absorbent and garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather.
I love linen in the spring and summer. It’s soft, comfortable, and the absorbent breathable fabric makes it possible to endure the heat and humidity.
And, because I’m a plus size apple shape, free-form unfitted linen tunics make even more sense as a fashion choice.
Are there any negatives to linen?
Depending on how you feel about wrinkles, that could be a negative. Linen wrinkles sort of immediately. But it’s supposed to, so there isn’t much you can do about it. Heavier plies of linen wrinkle less quickly than thinner plies. Our friends at Wikipedia put it this way:
Nevertheless, the tendency to wrinkle is often considered part of linen’s particular “charm”, and many modern linen garments are designed to be air-dried on a good clothes hanger and worn without the necessity of ironing.
One major benefit of linen being “textured” in this way is that it isn’t a clingy fabric at all, and so it’s automatically appropriate for apple shapes. On the other hand, it’s not a “stretchy” fabric, because it pre-dates elastic by thousands of years.
So, what this means is that wearing oversized tunics in linen is the way to go; a plus-size apple shape should never buy a shirt or pants made from linen that’s tight or just too fitted.
Bonus: good for women with allergies
Many are allergic to wool and other animal fibers used in knits. Linen is entirely plant-based, and a great alternative for people who want looking to get off of animal products in clothes as well as diet.
Rock out with your linen tunic and vegan leather handbag (hint: click the pic to see an awesome $39 vegan alternative to a big leather tote bag).
Ok, history lesson over. Let’s look at clothes!
The Linen “Artist” Tunic
This lil number comes in mocha, purple, beige and teal, in XL and 2x. It’s pre-shrunk and has a flattering button down neckline. Falls mid-thigh on the model, so not quite long enough to stand alone as a dress, but because it’s more professional and crisply cut, I wouldn’t want to wear this style as a dress.
3/4 length button tab sleeves give you the option to wear them long or roll them up, so you don’t get paint all over your shit 🙂
Another Linen “Artist” Tunic
This is the color “shark”. I LOVE it. Match point has a weird sizing system but their clothes are all definitely plus sized, and comparable to XL-4x. Check the measurements. This puppy is 100% linen and perfect for that comfort-first artsy lady look.
The Blue Collar Psych-Out Tunic
This isn’t QUITE as long as the other tunics I recommend, but it is available in Plus Sizes 10-28, in a heavy ply linen rayon blend by Woman Within.
This is the shirt blue collar lesbians wear to dress up, or white collar ladies wear to dress down. “Gas station” chic, if you will.
Safari Linen Tunic
Like the elusive rhino, these are virtually impossible to find in the wild. Ralph Lauren makes them sometimes, and The Avenue occasionally makes variations of safari-like blouses and dresses. Vintage iterations of plus-sized linen safari tunics sell out instantly on ebay and etsy.
I have no relationship with the vendor of this plus-sized safari linen tunic, but after hunting for ages to find plus-size linen safari wear, this is all there is. Worth checking out!
Safari Linen Tunic Vest
The next best thing to a safari linen tunic is a safari linen vest. This number, by Union Bay, comes 1x-3x and is super affordable at $32. Great for our linen needs and our layering needs!
(The model is smiling because she told those assholes she’s keeping the vest after her photoshoot.)
The Pajama Top That Isn’t A Pajama Top
Don’t let the tiny model fool you – this comes in US sizes 6-24W, and is as comfy as comfy gets. And because it’s from AliExpress, the price is ridiculously low, at the time of this post, $11.88. White and light blue available.
Jailhouse Rock Linen Tunic
Or should it be jailhouse chic? You don’t have to be an ex-con to enjoy this sexy striped tunic. Available XL-4X, and looks loose and comfy and awesome.
Fancy Schmancy Linen Tunic
Break out your wallets for this high quality linen tunic by Foxcroft. Available in Plus Sizes 14-24 in this cool periwinkle color, rose, grey, and charcoal. Great for lunch at the museum in June, or mint juleps on the porch.
Substitute Teacher Tunic
This is an excellent choice for plus size apple shapes looking for a more casual, less “wrinkly” tunic. And reminds me of every outfit on every substitute teacher I’ve ever had.
The Cute Hipster Tunic
This is on the “shorter” side and not necessarily something I’d recommend for every apple shaped woman, but it’s available in Plus Sizes 16-24, in blue and two shades of pink.
Very cute side tie and space-chic tank sleeves. Can’t you imagine a hipper-than-thou rocking this with a cute hat and enormous sunglasses?
The Linen/Silk Tunic Dress
This dress goes S-XXL, but runs a size large, so is good for women through size 3x.
Cute pleated bust with flared skirt and ultra-breathable linen silk blend. This is a terrific, suitable summer shift dress for plus size apple shapes. I’ve actually just bought this one for myself and will return to model/review in depth when it arrives!
The Arty Farty Linen Tunic Dress
Again, don’t let the tiny model fool you -this comes in US sizes 8-24. And for $10.82, it’s worth adding to your wardrobe for when it’s 90 degrees outside, but you need to run out to the gallery. Or, for that nerdy climate change lecture first date you have coming up. The sky’s the limit, folks.
Hopefully you have some new ideas for how to wear linen tunics, and some of the many rockin’ styles available for plus sizes. And, hopefully, I’ve shown you how they can be your ticket to beating the heat in style this spring and summer!
Thoughts, ideas, questions? As always, I welcome your feedback and look forward to continuing the conversation!
Check out my Pinterest for more great tunic ideas.