If you’re a regular reader, you know by now that to look elegant wearing leggings over 40; you need to wear a long top that covers your bottom. However, many of you tell me you are still having trouble finding just the right one.
Here’s a look at tops that work beautifully with leggings, and a few that don’t.
1. Tunics to Wear With Leggings
Tunics are popular and pair well with leggings. A tunic is a long top that falls straight down and can be worn as is or belted. Some short dresses are more like tunics and can double as tops. This leopard print tunic with chain belt has a slightly edgy feel.
2. Long Sweaters
One of the best long tops to wear with leggings is a sweater. This colorblock sweater looks like a piece of art paired with slim leggings.
Any oversize statement sweater, like this creates width up top. This makes your shoulders look broader, which in turns makes you bottom half look slimmer. You get that pleasing inverted triangle shape. The focus is on top and not on your bottom half. A sweater like this makes it easy for women of all shapes to wear leggings.
3. Long Shirts
For an elegant look take a long, white shirt/blouse, push or roll up the sleeves, and wear it untucked over leggings. A pretty scarf looks so chic with this combination. If you wish to add a jacket, go right ahead. Riding boots add elegance and class
Note: Some of the best long shirts to wear with leggings are shirtdresses. Many times a shirtdress will feel too short to wear alone, so pair it with leggings for a chic look.
4. Asymmetrical Tops
Asymmetrical tunics are slightly edgy and add a touch of drama to leggings or skinny jeans.
A faux fur vest is a great way to add some texture to your leggings outfit and look a little more boho. Be sure to check out my recent post on how to wear a faux fur vest.
Another type of vest you could wear with leggings would be a long menswear -style vest. They’re also known as sleeveless coats, and when worn with leggings, they look very modern and cool.
Tops to stay away from include: Short Tops That End at the Waist
Short tops never work with thin leggings. They can work with thick leggings, but that’s really only on twenty-somethings with rock hard abs, legs, and behinds! Yes, I know you may be in great shape, but a top that covers your bottom is much more elegant and sophisticated over 40. You don’t want to look like you are desperate to be a teenager.
Keep in mind that there is a difference between a full top and a baggy one. If you wear a chunky knit or long shirt with leggings, make sure it is the right size. Your top should sit properly on your shoulders, and the sleeves should not hang way down past your wrists. A little volume can look cool, but baggy is just plain sloppy.
Looking for a top for the holidays? Check out the long tops for leggings I’m wearing when I entertain and visit family this Christmas!