Dress Shirts to Wear With Leggings

Rock your leggings with an amped-up, fancy top.

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Leggings might be a staple in your wardrobe, but they're no substitute for pants. There's a fine line between leggings that look fab and leggings that show too much leg -- or even your butt. That's a definite no. The type of shirt you wear makes all the difference. The shirt needs to cover at least your butt and upper thighs, unless you pair it with a short skirt to jazz up your look.


A long, flowing tunic can cover you in all the right places. Opt for long sleeves or short ones, depending on the weather. Grab a thin or medium-size belt and fasten it around your waist to define your waistline, since it's easy to look formless and bulky in a tunic. The belt helps the tunic hug your curves instead.

Peasant Blouse

Snag a pretty peasant blouse with long, flowing sleeves and a bottom that drapes across your thighs. Short sleeves that hug your shoulders make for a cute look, too. Some peasant shirts naturally cling to your figure, or tie in the back so they hug your waist. If not, get yourself to your local craft store and snag a length of soft cord, ribbon or lace that matches your shirt, then wrap it around your waist and tie it.

Collared Shirt

Wear a men's collared shirt paired with a belt and dark leggings for a super sexy look. Open the first few buttons and wear a tank underneath; a tank with a lacy top will add some femininity. The contrast jazzes up your look big-time. Or snag a pretty floral collared shirt for a cute cowgirl look, and pair it with a short flared denim skirt and a pair of leggings that match the colors in the shirt.

Ruffle Shirt

Shirts with ruffles in the front are in, and a long one paired with leggings will give you a romantic, feminine look. If you opt to wear a skirt with it, just make sure the skirt doesn't have ruffles so you don't go on ruffle overload. Long leggings are best, since the shirt has a formal look that can easily clash with shorter pants.

Wrap Shirt

A long wrap shirt hugs your curves as it wraps around you, so you don't need a belt to pull off this look. Some wrap shirts have collars; others have scoop necks. With some, the part that wraps around is sewn into place so you don't have to tie anything; with others, you tie the wrapped part in place. Choose a shirt with longer or mid-length sleeves to dress up your look.

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