Best Long Tops to Wear With Leggings

blue tunic

A long tunic like this is modern with leggings or skinny jeans.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know by now that to look elegant in leggings over 40, you really 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.

I know what you mean. Many long tops are like potato sacks- long and baggy. They don’t do anything for your figure.

No matter what your size, you need a top that has a bit of shape, and ideally some stretch. And if you are on the short side, you don’t want to be swimming in fabric.

So let’s take a look at the different types of tops that work with leggings, and a few that don’t.

Tops that work:

1. Long Tops and Tunics

Tunics are the most popular way to get the cool leggings look. They’re basically long tops that fall straight down and end just past your bottom or a couple of inches from your knee. Asymmetrical tunics are the newest style.

2. Button Up Shirts and Shirtdresses

A long shirt/blouse especially in a silky or soft material, worn untucked  can transform leggings into a very elegant look.  You can wear your it loose or with a beautiful belt.  If you want to add a jacket go right ahead. A leather jacket with a silky top adds edgy contrast.

Shirtdresses, which are like long blouses, pair nicely with leggings too.

3. Jackets  

A jacket is always the perfect item to pair with leggings. It’s similar to a chunky sweater in that it make you look broader across the shoulders. In fact, it’s even better because it’s tailored. You can wear one of the new long menswear style jackets with leggings or a shorter jacket worn with a long top underneath. A jacket totally dresses up leggings.

4. Vests

Vests?  Love them. I just wrote about all the great choices in vests out there. You can wear a thin or thick sweater with a long vest over leggings or wear your vest with a silky blouse or long-sleeved polo. A long vest is interesting and gives you the cool factor with leggings.

5. Long Sweaters

A long sweater is the number one thing to wear with leggings in cooler weather. Chunky knits are especially in and they are an excellent way to give you a flattering shape. A big sweater works the same way that shoulder pads worked for you in the 80’s. The extra bulk up top makes your shoulders look broader, which in turns makes you bottom half look slimmer. You get that pleasing inverted triangle shape. The focus is up top and not on your bottom half.  This makes it easy for women of all shapes to wear leggings.

Finer  knit sweaters (ie: cashmere) can also work with leggings provided the tops are long.  Asymmetrical hems on sweaters and tops are popular at the moment and are very flattering with leggings.

Tops to stay away from……………….

Short Tops That End at the Waist

Short tops never work with thin leggings and they can work with thick leggings, but 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 at our age. You don’t want to look like you are desperate to be a teenager.

Baggy Tops

I mentioned that big knits were in, or you could wear a loose shirt and that’s fine. but there is a difference between flowy and baggy. If you are wearing a voluminous top, make sure it is not loose because it is the wrong size. Your top should sit properly on your shoulders and the sleeves should not hang way past your wrists.  A little volume can look cook, but baggy is just plain sloppy.

What are your favorite tops to wear with leggings?

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