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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 that work well with leggings and ideas for how to create outfits around them.
1. A Zippered Tunic
If you haven’t tried leggings yet, this cute zippered tunic might be just what it takes to get you on the bandwagon. Tunics are popular and pair well with leggings, and anything with a zipper looks very sporty and modern.
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 blue high-low tunic looks modern and cool with these gorgeous black suede booties.
3. Long Shirts and Blouses
For a sophisticated look, wear a long button-up shirt, belted over leggings. This chic striped shirt looks sharp with black leggings, a black leather bag, and suede pointy-toe flats.
Style Tip: Here’s an idea for what to wear with leggings. 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.
4. Long Sweaters
One of the best long tops to wear with leggings is fabulous, oversized statement sweater. This chic black sweater has a flattering shape that makes you look wider up top and super skinny on the bottom. Smooth leather leggings look great with the textured sweater and add an edgy vibe. These cool snakeskin mules work beautifully with this urban gal look.
5. Long Tees
A long tee worn over leggings is cute and casual in summer. Layer it with a jean jacket for a weekend look. In winter, a faux fur vest or a long menswear-style vest can be layered over a long-sleeved tee or sweater + leggings to create texture and interest.
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.
Do you have some ideas for what to wear with leggings? I’d love to hear.
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