Regular readers know I’m a fan of leggings for their comfort and versatility, but they’ll also know that I’m a stickler when it comes to styling them properly so that you look classy and feel confident wearing leggings over 40.
Leggings are lighter and thinner than skinny jeans and pants, so they’re more revealing. Because of this, you need to have some long tops to wear with leggings. By long I mean, long enough to cover your bum and your crotch. This is true at any age and particularly over 40.
If leggings are a staple in your wardrobe, give them an update with these cute tops and on-trend accessories. And if you haven’t tried leggings yet, these lovely long tops to wear with leggings may be just what it takes to get you on the bandwagon.
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. This airy, button up tunic with its graphic print and statement making bell sleeves is modern and original.
2. Asymmetrical Tops
Asymmetrical tunics that are higher in the front than the back or angled in the front and longer on one side are a little edgy and add a touch of drama to leggings or skinny jeans. This striking purple high-low tunic looks classy but edgy with faux leather leggings and these gorgeous black suede booties.
3. Long Shirts and Blouses
For an elegant look take a long, button-up shirt and wear it untucked over leggings. This stunning mauve roll tab blouse looks so chic with dark gray leggings these comfy mules.
Style Tip: 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.
2. Long Sweaters
One of the best long tops to wear with leggings is a long, slim sweater. This rich olive one has a flattering boatneck neckline that creates width up top and makes your shoulders look broad, 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. Add a pretty layered necklace to make this gorgeous sweater pop.
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.
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