Is the tunic the new sweatshirt?
Walk into any New York City yoga studio and you’ll notice tunics hanging from the hooks instead of bulky sweatshirts. The new layering piece, which slips easily over slim-fitting yoga pants, is having its moment as New Yorkers get more serious about studio-to-street fashion and ditch the collegiate look and hoodie. (We expect a Bill Cunningham slideshow on the topic of tunics any minute now.)
“Maybe I’m kidding myself,” laughs Una Chae, a YogaWorks member and former fashion executive. “But with a tunic over my yoga pants, I actually feel polished and put-together.”
Feeling put-together is the point, says Jamie Hanna, the founder of Zobha activewear and an Ashtanga yoga teacher, who lives in her California-based company’s lounge wear. “On a typical day you’ll find me wearing the Annette Tunic over Zobha leggings with a pair of tall boots,” says Hanna. “This is my outfit for dropping the kids off at school to teaching a morning yoga class, to a day at the office and date night with my husband.”
You may not see many New Yorkers wearing their yoga pants to work and dinner yet—this isn’t Mill Valley, California, after all. But our fitness-fashion philosophy is definitely changing: No longer content with polar-opposite aesthetics—one set of style standards for the city and another for the yoga studio or gym—we’re looking for pieces that stylishly integrate these wardrobes. And the tunic is the fashion item bridging the gap.
Zobha, which is sold at Equinox gym’s retail stores in New York City and several yoga studios, is leading the tunic trend with four pieces in the fall-to-winter collection. The Annette Tunic (pictured above, $90), made from a renewable wood fiber called Tencel, has a groovy, off-the-shoulder asymmetrical collar and falls below the hip. The Lounge Wrap ($150), made of organic cotton French terry, hits just above the knee and has a flattering open neckline. There’s also a Shawl Collar Pullover ($84) and Scoop Neck Tunic ($64).
Of course, these long lean tops cover your butt, a boon once you’re outside the studio. But the tunic, by creating a stylish look around your workout clothes, also covers your fashion cred.
WELL+GOOD GIVEAWAY: To celebrate layering season, Well+Good is giving away five Zobha Annette Tunics to Well+Good Subscribers with places to go after yoga. Share your favorite workout and post-workout activity (e.g. your ideal Sunday) in the Comments section, below. We’ll pick five winners at random, and then will contact you via e-mail to get your size and shipping information. Contest ends Tuesday, October 12th at midnight. Winner will be announced Wednesday morning. Good luck!