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When to wear tunics and leggings

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Stay cozy with a tunic sweater and leggings
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What could possibly be more comfortable than leggings and tunics? Nothing, except maybe your sweats or favorite jammies. But we’re talking about something to be worn in public. That said, there are a few guidelines to wearing both tunics and leggings, either together or separately. Ready for it? Here we go!


Tunics are longer tops, sometimes long enough to be worn as a short dress, which makes them a versatile addition to any wardrobe. Even better, people of any height, size and shape can wear a tunic. The key is finding the style that works best for your body type.

If you are pear shaped (carry more bulk on your lower half), choose tunics cut in an A-line with side slits. The slits will help keep the fabric from clinging to the thigh and buttock areas, and draw attention to other areas. Look for lengths that fall either above or below your widest area, not right on it. This will help stop your clothing from making you look wider than you are. To draw the eye upward, use a fun print, wear a scarf or a statement necklace.

For those who carry more weight on top and are apple shaped, look for loose, flowing fabrics instead of clingy ones. If you opt for a patterned tunic, go for a smaller print to make you appear smaller on top. A deep V-neck will elongate the neck and torso areas. Wearing a camisole or tank top underneath can create a beautiful look with modesty, too.

Hourglass and other shapes will benefit from a more fitted style. That is, one that nips in a bit at the waist and highlights your shape. This is a great option for people who have straighter torsos, as it gives the illusion of curves.


Ever since they came out in the 1960’s with the introduction of stretchy fabrics, leggings have been popular. Today, leggings are made out of a wide variety of fabrics, from the very sheer to heavier weight options – including ones that look like jeans. To keep with the style trend, there are some things to keep in mind when choosing and wearing your leggings.

First and foremost, leggings are not trousers. They are heavier than tights, but do not have the structure of regular pants. Since they are so form fitting, you become a walking anatomy lesson if you pair leggings with a very short top. Another issue with leggings and short tops is that some leggings become sheer when worn. This give a whole different anatomy lesson – and can be very embarrassing. To fix either of these issues, choose a top that is long enough to come down to the hips or cover them entirely.

Tunics and Leggings Together

Tunics are the perfect match for leggings, kind of like peanut butter and jelly. A flowy top paired with opaque leggings and a pair of boots is a gorgeous fall look. Have the physique to wear tighter tops? A fitted, long tee looks great with leggings, too. If it feels to revealing, add a long sweater, poncho or shawl. Another tip is to always check proportions. A voluminous top and clingy bottom will make it look like you’re being swallowed up by the fabric. When in doubt, double check the mirror or ask a trusted friend!

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