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A body garment of varied length, with or without sleeves, which is slipped on over the head and can be girded at the waist. The classical tunic was made of two rectangular pieces of material pinned or sewn at the shoulders then girded at waist andlor hips; this garment could be knee or ankle-length (see Byzantine dress, Etrus- can dress, Greece and Rome). The tunic was the usual wear in Europe before, during and after the occupation by the Romans. For men it was generally knee- length for everyday use and ankle-length for the nobility and for important occasions. Women sometimes wore a knee-length tunic over a ground-length gown. The tunic, which was slipped on over the head, had a round neckline without collar and was often slit in front to facilitate passage of the head. It was finally replaced in the fourteenth century by the fitted body garment (see Doublet). In more recent times tunics have been worn by women over a gown or trousers. The thin garments fashionable in the years 1790-1815 gave inadequate protection against the cold so knee-length tuni'cs were worn over the long, white or pale dresses; these tunics were generally made of warmer materials, such as velvet, and were in stronger colours. Tunic dresses were also fashionable in the years 1910--18, a time when there was great variety in skirt styles, an outer skirt usually being fuller than the longer, slimmer, under one. Tunics have returned to fashion in the 1960s and 1970s when they are worn over blouses and jumpers to accompany skirts or trousers (see Suit, Trouser).
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2005 January 28