How to Wear Loose Tops

Cher Lloyd belts her loose top at a

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Tunic tanks, tees and blouses are all the rage these days, but if you look at these flowy shirts on a model or mannequin and think, "I can't possibly pull that off", you're wrong! There are ways to wear a loose shirt that will suit any body type. It's all about proportions, so make sure you're accentuating your silhouette no matter how baggy your top is.


No matter what your body type -- pear shaped, athletic, bottom-heavy, etc.-- you can pull of a tunic top. The first tip when pairing your loose shirt with the right bottoms is to go tight. This is key to avoid looking like your wearing multiple potato sacks. Your skinny jeans, leggings or capris should definitely be curve hugging so people can see your shape, even under a loose shirt. For example, if you're wearing a mid-thigh-length loose blouse, throw on your black leggings underneath and slip into an adorable pair of flats or heels to finish off the outfit.


Just because you're wearing a tunic top doesn't mean your waist has to go hidden. Cinch belts are amazing accessories because in one second flat, you can go from boxy to buxom. By belting your loose shirt, you have more freedom in terms of what bottoms you can wear. Flares look great with a belted oversized shirt. Play around with this look and you'll find lots of fantastic options, all while creating a sexy hourglass figure, even if it's not naturally there.


Tucking in a loose shirt helps you create a waist and proper proportions so test this out with various bottoms. For example, tuck your tunic top into a tighter pencil skirt for work and you'll accentuate your waist and figure in a professional way. Elise Leohnen, Editor at "Lucky" magazine, notes that wearing a banded skirt with a belt-like waist will define your waist, while your fuller shirt will create balance in your silhouette. With high-waisted jeans and shorts, tuck in a loose shirt keeping the flow on top, but not detracting from your silhouette.


Pick a piece of structured outerwear like a fitted blazer or belted cardigan to wear over your loose top. This is an easy, quick way to give your look versatility and keep you from being swallowed by the top. Because your jacket or cardi show off your shape, they will nicely complement the roomy blouse you're wearing.

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