Regular readers know I’m a fan of leggings for their comfort and versatility, but I’m also a stickler when it comes to 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 Sweaters
Long sweaters naturally lend themselves to leggings, creating a comfy, cozy fall look. I love this gorgeous red one for the color and the beautiful stitch pattern. Stretchy, black leather leggings look great with the 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!
The nice thing about leggings is they work everything from knits, too much lighter fabrics. This lovely semi-sheer tunic is light and airy and covers your bottom and thighs without looking heavy or dragged down. Pair a flowy top like this with these sleek riding boots, and you have a casually elegant look.
3. Long Shirts and Blouses
How do you make leggings look casually chic? Just add a button-front blouse or shirt. This plum roll-tab blouse ( a best seller on the blog) looks flowy and relaxed worn with black leggings and these sexy suede booties. Add a metallic purse and sparkly, dangly earrings, and you have a great casual holiday party look.
4. Asymmetrical Tops
Tops with off-kilter hemlines give leggings a more artsy, creative look, not to mention they can be very slimming. This colorful asymmetrical hemline tunic with the eye-catching color blocking effect looks like a piece of modern art.
5. Cowl Neck Sweaters
I mentioned earlier that sweaters pair well with leggings, and one of everyone’s favorite type of sweater is a cowl neck. Just be sure it is long enough to cover your bottom to get the right look. Push up the sleeves to add a sporty vibe. Then add a beautiful bag, earrings, and a pair of cute statement shoes or booties. These snake print slides add print and texture to the outfit and are right on-trend.
Also, remember that leggings don’t have to be black. Gray, burgundy, navy can all look fab too.
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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.
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