Regular readers know I’m a fan of leggings for their comfort and versatility, but I’m also a stickler when styling them properly. Leggings are lighter and thinner than skinny jeans and pants, so they’re more revealing. This means you need a few long tops to wear with leggings included in your basic wardrobe.
The best long tops to wear with leggings cover your bum and your crotch. A longer top will make you look classy and feel confident wearing leggings over 40 and beyond. Here are a few styles of tops that work well with leggings and outfits to go with them.
1. Long Shirts and Blouses
How do you make leggings look casually chic? Just add a button-front blouse or shirt. This classic white shirt with the modern front twist is perfect for leggings. Pop the collar, add some sporty white sneakers, and you have a casually chic look. The bright yellow bag adds a touch of fun.
The nice thing about leggings is they work everything from knits, too much lighter fabrics. This cute jersey tunic with the feminine bell sleeves is soft and comfy. Pair it with black leggings, comfy statement sneakers, and a great designer bag for a great casual weekend look.
3. Asymmetrical Tops
Tops with off-kilter hemlines give leggings a more artsy, creative look. This summery animal print high-low tunic looks fun and adventurous in these distressed jeggings. Add a pair of leather and rope espadrilles and this safari-style saddlebag, and you are ready for the warm weather.
4. Long Sweaters
Long sweaters naturally lend themselves to leggings, creating a comfy, cozy look. I love this gorgeous red one for the color and the beautifully rounded hemline. Stretchy, black leggings look great with this textured sweater and add an edgy vibe. Team this outfit up with a sporty zip bag and some sleek, tall leather boots for a vibrant weekend look!
5. Maxi Tunics
A flowy maxi tunic is another fabulous top to pair with leggings. This long, sophisticated, semi-sheer tunic is a great layering piece over a tank and leggings. Wear it with black pumps for a special night out, or by day with flat, strappy sandals.
A Final Note – Tops to stay away from when wearing leggings
Short Tops That End at the Waist
Short tops never work with thin leggings. They can work with thick Ponte leggings, but mostly 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 crotch 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 head 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.