The tunic sweater vest is a long, chunky sleeveless pullover with a fluid or oversized fit. Most often the neckline is high, like a funnel, turtle or structured cowl neckline. There are often vents or slits on the side seams for ease of movement and practical comfort. And in some cases the hems are high-low. Here’s a collection with some examples of the look.

Most tunic sweater vests here have been styled as a top that is worn on its own, but I see it more as a layering piece over a long sleeved T-shirt, turtleneck, blouse or shirt. These street style looks show the layered effect in action:

Of course, there is no need to create a column of colour from top to toe. Feel free to create a contrast between the tunic vest and the layering top. But if you want to create a longer leg line, keep the contrast low between the vest and the bottoms. The horizontal line that is created between a high contrasting long vest and bottoms can be conventionally unflattering unless you have a very long leg line or wear heels, so consider yourself warned. Shorter renditions, or at least versions with higher front hemlines, are better suited to petites.  

I vote skinnies, straight legs, bootcuts, or cropped kick flares as best to pair with the tunic sweater vest because a structured thigh fit offsets the blocky and baggy volume of a long, chunky pullover.  

The layered tunic sweater vest is a good piece to wear in Fall or mild Winter weather, although a jacket or coat can be layered over everything for extra warmth. I like it! What’s your verdict on the look?