Trend Worth Trying: The Extra Long Tunic Sweater

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It started with the Helmut Lang Cashmere Tunic, a standout of the label’s fall collection. The minute I saw it, I knew it was going to spark a trend.

How could it not? The sense of proportion is so unusual, but somehow it works, and the expansive swath of cashmere creates a sense of luxury in its excessiveness. Plus, the forgiving shape is both comfortable and prone to skimming over any perceived figure flaws.

Helmut Lang Cashmere Sweater Tunic

→ Buy the Helmut Lang Cashmere Sweater Tunic, $680.00, at; shipping and returns are free.

Soon after I ran across the Helmut Lang long-sleeve tunic, I started seeing extra-long tunic sweaters pop up in many of my favorite online stores, styled with everything from skinny jeans to wide leg trousers. This under-the-radar trend is now available in range of price points and fabrics. I’ve assembled some of the best options here:

Following hot on the heels of the long-sleeve Helmut Lang, a sleeveless version that works well as both a transitional option and a layering piece.

Helmut Lang Sleeveless Cashmere Tunic

→ Buy the Helmut Lang Sleeveless Cashmere Tunic, $395.00, at; shipping and returns are free.

The warm caramel color of this Brochu Walker extra-long tunic makes it feel extra cozy. The wool/ angora blend just adds to the appeal.

Brochu Walker Echo Tunic

→ Buy the Brochu Walker Echo Tunic, $378.00, at

A black knee-length sweater could easily vibe heavy and dowdy. This COS version avoids that fate by using slightly sheer 100% Merino wool and a slim fit.

COS Long High-Neck Jumper

→ Buy the COS Long High-Neck Jumper, $99.00, at

The use of two different types of stitches adds some extra visual interest to this Vince option. While it was evidently conceived as a “sweater dress,” every online store I’ve seen is styling this piece as a tunic. Ahh, the power of a good trend.

Vince Mixed-Knit Sweater Dress

→ Buy the Vince Mixed-Knit Sweater Dress, $395.00, at; shipping and returns are free.

This Zara viscose tunic is really just a super affordable version of the sleeveless Helmut Lang above. Perfect for trying on the trend on the cheap.

Zara Tunic With Side Slits

→ Buy the Zara Tunic With Side Slits, $69.90, at

Similar to Zara, the Farrow label specializes in bargain-priced pieces that look luxe. This cotton/ acrylic v-neck tunic is a steal.

Farrow Lisa Sweater

→ Buy the Farrow Lisa Sweater, $58.00, at; return shipping is free.

So, what do you think of the extra-long tunic sweater trend? Will you be wearing this look for fall and winter?