#HowToWearIt: The Slim Tunic

#HowToWearIt: The Slim Tunic
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In this weekly feature, InStyle’s Senior Market Editor/Digital Correspondent Dana Avidan Cohn shares tips and tricks on how to tackle the latest trends. Look for it on What’s Right Now every Friday and be sure to try out the trend yourself and tweet your look using #HowToWearIt.

The post-holiday winter months can seem endless. If you need a purchase pick-me-up, invest in one of the most versatile style pieces: the slim tunic. You can layer it up for a "wear now" style and deconstruct it later for a sleeveless spring look—either way, it's a key piece for both seasons. Tunics can also work well for evening, as seen in head-to-toe black on Jessie J (above).

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The tunic looks most modern over a slim-crop or wide pant. Play with colorblocking effects or pair it with a matching bottom to create the illusion of a set. If you are not buying your pieces from the same designer, try to get the colors as close as possible and in matte solids and textures---it will create an impossibly chic minimal effect à la the look by The Row pictured below. Whenever you are wearing more sculpted shapes, remember that fabric matter, so avoid slinky and light-weight pieces and instead go for more substantial silhouettes. Try the looks below!

Inspired by The Row

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Gossip tunic, $67, yoox.com; M Missoni pants, $832, farfetch.com; NewBark slides, $350, net-a-porter.com; Vince bag, $295, vince.com; Jeweliq ring, $25, jeweliq.com.

Inspired by Derek Lam

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River Island tunic, $44, riverisland.com;  Emporio Armani pants, $252, bysymphony.com; Loeffler Randall boots, $300, nordstromrack.com; CC Skye cuff, $170, ccskye.com.

Inspired by Stella McCartney

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Warehouse tunic, $64, warehouse.andotherbrands.com; Issa pants, $271, matchesfashion.com; Jérôme Dreyfuss clutch, $231, farfetch.com; Neil Barrett mules, $445, farfetch.com; Dannijo ear jackets, $148, dannijo.com.

Shop more stylish tunics:

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Clockwise from top left: Uniqlo, $40, uniqlo.com; Adam Lippes, $1,190, net-a-porter.com; Topshop, $75, topshop.com; Helmut Lang, $140, net-a-porter.com; Joseph, $545, net-a-porter.com.

Plus, follow Dana on Twitter (@InStyleDana) for more expert fashion advice and tweet at her anytime using #AskDana for a instant style advice!

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