I like leggings because they are comfy and versatile, but I’m a stickler for styling them properly. Since leggings are lighter and thinner than skinny jeans and pants, they’re more revealing. That’s why it’s good to have a few long tops in your wardrobe to wear with them.
The best long tops to wear with leggings cover your bum and crotch, but not all are created equal. Some can make you look frumpy. For example,
Avoid Long Tops to Wear with Leggings that have:
- childish novelty prints
- patchwork – busy mismatched patterns and prints
- a loud mix of colors
- too many details/focal points
- awkward hemlines that are cut up in the middle or are extended on the sides
- are made of cheap, rough fabric
- hit below the knee drowning your frame
- baggy tops – oversize is a look. The wrong size is baggy.
The Best Tops to Wear with Leggings
The best long tops for leggings have clean, simple lines with minimal pattern and detail. You wear the top. The top doesn’t wear you. This is how you look modern, youthful, and sophisticated. The most popular styles of long tops for leggings are:
1. Long Shirts and Blouses are Classic
A long crisp shirt is the easiest way to make leggings look chic. White always looks classy with black leggings, or you can try something more colorful like this pretty pink shirt to wear with leggings. It’s casual but polished and the three-quarter-length sleeves give it a sporty, youthful vibe. Pop the collar, add some long or capris leggings, sneakers, and a soft, leather bag, and you have a smart everyday look.
There are also a lot of long blouses to wear with leggings to choose from, which look really nice. I like wearing this long patterned blouse, belted, with faux leather leggings. Soft, silky blouses give leggings a very elegant look.
2. Tunic Sweatshirts are Trending!
Soft, comfy loungewear clothing is very popular at the moment, so you’ll notice a lot of the tunics to wear with leggings are actually sweatshirts. This peach one is a little different with the crisscross hem and lower crew neckline. I love it paired with white leggings and this fabulous tote which ties the whole look together. Pop on some cute knotted sandals and these stylish textured Huggie earrings for a relaxed weekend look.
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3. Dressy Tops to Wear with Leggings
Want to look less casual and more classy in leggings? Wear a dressy black top. A long black top with black leggings creates a monochromatic look that is elegant, slimming and chic. The key is to find a top that has a small detail, and or some texture to bring your all-black outfit to life. For example, I love this long, black A-line top with peek-a-boo sleeves.
The sheer cutouts on this dressy top make these leggings outfit much more interesting. Add some fab accessories, and it’s out the door you go for the evening!
You’ll find some of the best dressy tops to wear with leggings at Christmas. They are perfect for holiday parties and drop-ins.
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4. Artsy (not Crafty) Tunics are In Style
Some of the best tunic tops for leggings have an artsy look and feel. For example, this bold, graphic print tunic in green and black will give you a modern creative look. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but in general, stay away from anything so artsy that is looks crafty or homemade. A long tunic with too many colors, patterns, prints, and detail can look wild, busy, and tacky!
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5. Long Sweaters For Winter Look Great
A cowl neck tunic sweater is one of the best long line tops to wear with legging in winter. They naturally lend themselves to leggings, creating a comfy, cozy look. I love this gorgeous red one, with these sexy faux leather leggings. Add a chic crossbody bag and some sleek camel suede mules, and you have a vibrant vibrant weekend look!
There are also plenty of winter tunics to wear with leggings that look great. For example, in the fall and winter, I like to wear this chic gray tunic layered with a turtleneck over gray leggings. I also love wearing this wooly crew neck tunic sweater with leggings and sneakers.
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6. Don’t Forget about Long Tees for Summer
What do you wear with leggings in spring or summer? A long Tee is a good idea. Whether it’s plain, striped, floral, or graphic, a long tee keeps you cool but covered.
7. Maxi Tunics are Dressy
A flowy maxi tunic with sexy side slits 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. And that’s how you wear long tops with leggings in 2023.
For more ideas for what to wear with leggings, see below.
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