Try the Trend | Leggings + Long Tops

Try the Trend | Leggings + Long Tops

One of the biggest tips I hand out about fit is this:  To keep your proportions right, pair loose with fitted.  For instance, if you wear a tight fitting top, go with something loose on the bottom, like slouchy jeans, palazzo pants or a flowy skirt.  If you opt for an over-sized, long or loose top, go with a fitted bottom like skinny jeans or leggings.  But don’t ever do an all-over look of either type.  Too much loose doesn’t accentuate your shape, too much tight and well, you get the opposite effect.  🙂

My favorite real-life representation of this “fit rule” is leggings and long tops.  It’s the perfect combo of comfort and style and just so happens to be one of my favorite uniforms for fall/winter.

Leggings lovers rejoice, your favorite tunics and tights are back for another round this year.  If leggings aren’t your cup of tea, swap them out for skinny jeans to get the same effect.  Add in your favorite boots or flats and you’ve got yourself an instant outfit!

Leggings + Long Tops

 Here are seven ways that I’ve paired up leggings and skinny jeans with long sweaters and tunics.

With faux leather leggings, cobalt blue and leopard.

Leather and Leopard Casual Full 2

With a sweater, stripes and Hunter boots.


With a tunic and Aztec cardigan.


With polka dots and stripes.

021714-tunic-leggings-outfit-scarfWith cozy cashmere and an oversized scarf.

Cashmere Sweater Leggings Purse Full

With a long tank and sweater.

fur sweater leggings boots 2

With stripes and leopard.


Thanks to Pinterest, my most popular post ever is all about leggings and long tops.  Check out my Week’s Worth of Legging Outfits for even more outfit ideas.

Try the Trend

OK, let’s start with a GOOD pair of leggings for the base of these outfits.  My all-time favorite pair are these slimming leggings.  They’re just the right thickness, hold everything in place and keep their shape wash after wash.  I’ve had mine for two years and they’re still going strong!  Definitely worth spending a little more on.

[ASSETS Slimming Leggings]

For a lightweight fall layer, try a tunic blouse.

[Plaid Tunic]

A long cardigan is the perfect partner on chilly days.

Women's Long Zip-Front Cardigans

[Zipper Cardigan]

For a comfy, athletic vibe, try a long sweatshirt.

Women's Side-Zip Terry-Fleece Tunics

[Terry Fleece Tunic]

Solid tunic sweaters create the right backdrop for your favorite printed scarf.

[Cobalt Tunic]

Late Registration Open

If you guessed that leggings and long sweaters are on the shopping list for the Fall Style Me Pretty Challenge, you’d be right!  Late registration is now open.  Sign up now to get your shopping list immediately.  The daily outfits will start next week.

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It’s Your Turn:  What’s your favorite way to wear leggings?  Tell us in the comments!


Winter Wishes | Cozy and Warm Wish List

Winter Wishes | Cozy and Warm Wish List

January and February are consistently our coldest months in Texas.  We usually get some ice storms and at least a little snow.  It’s my favorite time of the year for cozying up in front of the fireplace in warm sweaters and leggings.

Online retailer Persunmall offers some beautiful pieces for getting cozy – all at amazing prices.  Most of their sweaters are under $30.  Here are a few cozy favorites I’ve added to my wish list.

Getting Cozy with Persunmall
[Top Row:  Faux Fur Coat/Zipper Loose Sweater/Graphic Print Cardigan/Middle Row:  Double Breasted Wool Coat/Red Plaid Shirt/Window Pane Sweater/Bottom Row:  Knit Dress with Faux Leather/British Style Cap Coat/Back Hole Knit Sweater]

It’s Your Turn:  What’s on your cozy wish list this winter?

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Casual NYE Outfit

Casual NYE Outfit

Happy New Year, pretties!

I could have done a resolutions post today but I thought nah, there’s always next week, right? (No, I don’t have a procrastinating problem!)

But I will share with you three of my 2013 resolutions (or goals, as I like to call them).

1.  Be more present with my family, make quality time count.

2.  Commit to better self-care (yoga, massage, eating healthy).

3.  Get rid of all clutter in my house, clean out every closet and drawer.

Next week’s theme will be Get Your New You On featuring posts including Get Your Workout On and Get Your Goal Setting On with a VERY special guest poster that will help you achieve all of your 2013 goals.  I can’t wait!

But for today I promised you an outfit post from my casual NYE party and that’s just what you’ll get.

On Monday, I showed you this set that I created using items in my closet.

But before I show you what I ended up wearing, let me tell you a little story about my new leggings.  My niece, Lauren, keeps me in the loop on fashion trends in the 20-something crowd. This is Lauren, she’s always super cute and fashionable.

When she told me about Spanx leggings last week, I knew I had to have a pair.  What?  Spanx makes leggings???  That was my reaction too.  Followed closely by “I NEED some”.   But I wasn’t sure I wanted to drop $62 on a pair of leggings.

Spanx Leggings – $62

So I did a quick search online at Target to see what they had and found these.

Suddenly Skinny Leggings – $17.99

About five minutes later, I ran down to my local Target store and they had one pair left!  Now they’re mine, ALL MINE.  I can’t tell you how they compare to the Spanx pair, I haven’t been able to try them out.  But I can tell you that they do a mighty fine job of smoothing out bulges and making my holiday weight gain a little less noticeable.  They also seem sturdier and more substantial than my other leggings.  At a savings of $44 over the Spanx pair, I’m a pretty happy girl.

Here’s the outfit that I wore for our casual New Year’s Eve, featuring my new favorite leggings.  Originally I planned to wear my fur vest but it just didn’t fit right over my sweater.  So I substituted my new orange scarf that I got for Christmas.  Cozy!

[Leggings:  Target/Sweater:  Forever 21 (similar)/Tank:  Forever 21/Necklace:  Forever 21/Scarf:  Gift (similar)/Earrings:  Rue 21 (Similar)/Boots:  Frye/Ring:  Target/Bracelets:  Rue 21]

It’s Your Turn:  Do you make resolutions?  If so, what are your top goals for the new year?  Tell me in the comments!

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