How to Wear Leggings Casually and the Best Long Tops to Wear with Them

October 31, 2018

Lately on Instagram I have been sharing some iPhone snaps not always shared on the blog. If you don’t follow me there, I would love for you to! In an effort to share more ways to restyle things and more of my looks I don’t always get to share on the blog, I have been asking my ever patient husband to snap iPhone pics when possible. I’ve posted a couple of casual, weekend looks involving all of our favorites – LEGGINGS! Today I thought I would share a roundup of those and cover how to wear leggings casually and the best long tops to wear with them. When looking at these photos, keep in mind I am 5’10” so these tops will probably be even longer on you too. Sorry these are not my usual quality of photo.

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How to Wear Leggings Casually

Below are five different looks all paired with leggings and four of what I consider the best tops to wear with them. Let’s talk outfit components. First you obviously need leggings. I either wear my Spanx faux leather leggings or my favorite high waisted, thick regular leggings both of which I have had for multiple seasons. Seriously, these are the best!! I know there are other Spanx options out there now (moto, camo, etc.), but the faux leather and a good plain pair are all you really need. These are the best two I have found. I think picking a good legging is key. I used to not wear many leggings until I realized the lesser quality, thinner pairs that didn’t suck in as much were what I didn’t like.

For shoes, I often opt for my slip on sneakers which I have had for years. I highly recommend getting a black pair if you wear leggings a lot. They just make for an easy yet cool look. You can obviously go for regular sneakers as well. Sometimes I find the slip on option makes it look a little more “dressed up” as opposed to “work out” if you know what I mean?? I sometimes wear boots as well. Really, you can easily mix and match depending on the look you want and the function of the outfit.

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The Best Long Tops to Wear With Leggings

Outfit #1 – Long Plaid Top

I have several long tops I tend to rotate with leggings to cover my bum for lack of better word on the blog. 😉 The first is a plaid top from Old Navy that I have had since last year. I would call it a flannel, but it isn’t a true flannel material. It is sooo soft, super affordable, comes in multiple colors, and is easy to wear in other ways too. All in all, a great buy! You can see other ways I have styled it on the blog (not with leggings) here and here.

how to wear leggings casually; faux leather leggings with a long plaid top and leather moto jacket

Outfit #2 – Long Thermal

The next outfit I layered my favorite long thermal under the coziest vest I just bought on Amazon for $23 (score!). I’ve had this thermal for a couple years now, and it’s one of my favorite buys. It is a Free People top that is longer in the back than the front (aka, made for leggings!). There is a current version made this year here as well as several other similar options. Free People is a great brand for this type of top, so I am linking them all for you. I like the long one with the curved hem and the peplum type top. I have had to stop myself from buying them all!!

how to wear leggings casually and the best long tops for them; leggings with a long thermal and cozy vest

Outfit #3 – Cozy Pullover

This cozy pullover is another recent Amazon find. At only $23 I recommend it! I got my normal size in the color khaki. There are multiple similar options out right now, but I don’t like to spend a ton for pieces like this. In general, cute sweatshirts and pullovers are great pieces to wear with leggings.

how to wear leggings casually; leggings with a cozy pullover

Outfit #4 – Long Layering Top

Okay, this long layering top is THE BEST! It is another one I have had for multiple seasons. I’m starting to see a pattern here…. It comes in three colors and is a great weight (thicker than a t-shirt but not a sweater)! It is slightly longer in the back too which is nice.

how to wear leggings casually; faux leather leggings with a long layering top, camo jacket, and edgy buckle boots

Outfit #5 – Cardigan

Layering a cute cardigan over a t-shirt and leggings is always an easy and great idea. Here I have tied my t-shirt, but it is only $19, comes in white and stripe, and is a good length. I am wearing this cardigan which comes in several colors. I love the rounded hem. Any cardigan will do though!

how to wear leggings casually and the best long tops for them; leggings with a cardigan

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