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 are telling 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:
A long sweater is the number one thing to wear with leggings at the moment. 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.
Tunics are another great way to get the cool leggings look. They’re basically long tops that end just past your bottom or can go almost down to the knee. Most of the time they are straight up and down,which is good is you have a midlife middle. If you still have a nice waist show it off with a tunic that nips in slightly at the middle. In summer, shirtdresses pair nicely with leggings too.
A long blouse in a silky material, worn untucked, can look transform leggings into a very elegant look. Cream and jewel tones can look very rich with black leggings. You can wear your blouse loose with a long chain, belt it or add a jacket to dress things up. A leather jacket is a nice contrast with a silky blouse and gives you an edgy touch. A long faux fur vest with a silky blouse and leggings gives a classy boho look.
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.
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.
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 you want to be a teenager.
I mentioned that big knits were in or you could wear a loose shirt and that’s fine but there is a difference between flowing and baggy. If you are wearing a voluminous top, make sure it is not that way because it is the wrong size. The garment should sit properly on your shoulder and the sleeves should not be drooping 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?