Best Long Tops to Wear With Leggings

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.

black floral tunic with leggings


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1. Tunics

Tunics are the most popular way to get the cool leggings look. They’re long tops that fall straight down and can be worn as is, or belted. Some are actually short dresses that double as tops, like this pretty floral one above.


red turtleneck leggings

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3. Long Sweaters

A long sweater is the number one thing to wear with leggings in cooler weather. Turtlenecks are especially in, and they are an excellent way to give you a flattering shape. This sweater works particularly well because it is longer at the back, so it totally covers your bottom.

Any big sweater, especially a chunky one creates bulk 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 up top and not on your bottom half.  This makes it easy for women of all shapes to wear leggings.long shirt and leggings

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4. Long Shirts or Shirtdresses

For an elegant look take a long, long shirt/blouse, roll up the sleeves and wear it untucked over leggings. You can wear it loose ( so long as it is not baggy) or with a beautiful belt.  A beautiful scarf looks so chic with this combination. If you wish to add a jacket, go right ahead. A long silky top with a leather jacket adds edgy contrast.

Note:  If you find a shirtdress that you feel is be too short to be worn on its own, pair it with leggings. It works just as well as a long shirt.

black and blue tunic and leggings


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4. Asymmetrical Tops

Asymmetrical tunics are slightly edgy and add a touch of drama to leggings. High-contrast color blocking also adds to the creative vibe of this outfit. Cute booties in the same color of your leggings will lengthen your legs and make you look taller.

faux fur vest white blouse

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5. Vests

A faux fur vest is a great way to add some texture to your leggings outfit and look a little more boho. (Check out my recent post on how to wear a faux fur vest) This look is quite elegant with the silky white blouse, structured bag, pearls and classic flats. But, you could make the look more casual by wearing thin knit top or chambray shirt and a funkier pair of boots, bag and accessories.

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.

Baggy Tops

Keep in mind that there is a difference between a voluminous 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.

Which look is your style?

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