Cocoon-like tunics have been popping up all over the place lately, and we’re loving the look as a modern, non-terrible alternative to the tent dresses we so abhor. That said, there are ways to do the cocoon tunic right, and, of course, ways to do it terribly, terribly wrong. If you go down the latter road, you will be nearly indistinguishable from a pregnant, beached whale. And while we have no issues with pregnancy or whales respectively, both conditions colliding under your tunic is not a cute look. Here’s how to pull it off.
- Keep in mind that you are making a fashion statement, not joining the Amish. By this we mean: let a little knee, leg, and arm action see the light of day. With a style like this, you’re going to want at least a few inches of above-the-knee leggage exposed, or you run the risk of looking like you left the house wearing your camping tent.
- Choose a relatively thin fabric that will billow a bit when you walk. A thick, woolen cocoon will a) be crazy hot, b) not allow for any hint of your actual shape to come through, and c) just be more or less hideous. A silken one or a light cotton, however, comes with none of these issues.
- That said, make sure your hem doesn’t land in what we here at The Frisky refer to as the Danger Zone. For those of you unfamiliar with said zone, it’s at the widest point of your ass/hip area, and all things that end there aren’t doing said butts and hips any favors. Your hem should extend past this scary area and down to a trimmer section of leg.
- Do not go all-out puffy. A more fitted or flat front coupled with a drapey back will be far more flattering than powder-puffing it all around. See the pic (and more angles here) for visual evidence.
- Wear heels! This is a lot of fabric we’re talking about; elongate your legs to balance it all out.