Is it ok to wear cropped white leggings with tunic wraps - for curvy figure.

(39 Posts)
andsmile Tue 15-Apr-14 16:02:22

I know this may not be 'the look' this summer for many people. But is it better for people like me (who have unattractive legs) to wear some of the brighter summer colours/floral tunics and dresses with 3/4 leggings in white or black rather than be restricted to

maxi dresses - which apparently can make people just look like huge tents but the work for me if they have a twist or rucking round middle area and dont flare out.

Parallel trousers - I have black, white and blue mix. I just need to match up t-shirts.

I have got my summer sandals sorted comfy, dressy and daytime which is the easy bit.

andsmile Fri 25-Apr-14 23:54:39

thanks sparkling I think I'll post some links and maybe some headless pics as I try to build a summer wardrobe.

Yes marymill Ive come across those midi dresses on some sites.

I do have 'true' summer clothes like white wide legs, short jersey dresses but they are holiday clothes only for beach etc.

Funny how we make this distinction isnt it.

TheSparkling Fri 25-Apr-14 22:23:46

And OP I am very similar height and size to you - just more apple shaped.

TheSparkling Fri 25-Apr-14 22:22:20

I feel your pain andsmile

Personally I think it matters more that you find garments that are the right length on you and that fit you well. I like the tunic/dress and leggings look (both calf and ankle length leggings) and I think it is a comfortable and cool look for hot days. I would be way to hot if I felt I had to wear denim or even jeggings.

Do stay away from white leggings though unless your tunic is white.

It is much harder to dress well in the summer I think.

TheRealMaryMillington Fri 25-Apr-14 22:13:08

midi dresses

tunic/dresses with black or tonal leggings or jeggings, lightweight skinnies (mint velvet ones are good). don't limit yourself on shape though.

wide leg trousers are good (again not white)

a subtle, well-applied fake tan hides a multitude of sins

andsmile Fri 25-Apr-14 21:53:57

I might just stick to black and navy then...

I might be a bit sweaty on some days or glide along tent like in my maxi and avert my eyes from the fatists

I might wear my wide leg trousers until October the 1st

<sigh> I hates this summer dressign business.

Swoopdewoop Fri 25-Apr-14 21:09:23

Personally I'm a fan of the leggings and tunic. Just adding my voice to drown out the naysayers.

Sorry but I think absolutely 'No' to white leggings. I can't think of anything less likely to flatter legs, whatever size.

TheRealMaryMillington Fri 25-Apr-14 20:58:40

Sorry - but that blue tunic with white leggings does not look good.

There are quite a lot of nice longer length skirts around at the mo that you can funk up with a sportier top and still more flattering than a maxi dress.

Jess Carter-morley has some more fashion forward advice….(though apparently if you want to be proper "fashion" a longer skirt under a tunic is the thing not sure this is advisable)

andsmile Fri 25-Apr-14 13:35:44

Daryl that tunic is right up my street, so on cooler days I would wear that type of outfit with tan leather boat shoes or pumps with a denim jacket and small crossover bag. Possibly a light cotton summer scarf depends on patterns. I like that sight.

I have just order two dresses. Im not sure of sizeing as never bought from this brand before. I am going to have a play around with them and see what suits. I like the mix of turquoise and navy in the one dress as can wear into Autum.

www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Smash+Acantha+dress/193489684,default,pd.html

www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Smash+Drucilla+dress/193488507,default,pd.html

Both are in sale costing £51 in total. If these dont work out I shall send them back and buy one that I really like. There is that allur eof throwing on a maxi not havin to worry about legs shaved etc.

I also found this which is very me:

www.bravissimo.com/pepperberry/products/dresses/day-dresses/oriental-floral-print-dress/cream-black/pd286cbc/?level=1

The above is pepperberry and is good for large Norkage.

brighton Ive always jut got my basics of leggings from M&S or Next and found them to be fine, probably M&S bit better. But why dont you try jeggings as many have suggested they are slightly more forgiving, Im a recent convert having bought my first pair.

Brightoncheery Fri 25-Apr-14 13:03:34

Sorry, slight thread hijack but following on from this thread, can anyone recommend good black ankle length leggings to wear as discussed above, for someone who is around 5-7 relatively slim but with out of proportion very chunky shapeless calves? :-)

I wear this tunic with white jeggings turned up to 7/8ths length, with sandals or blue plimsolls.

I think it looks ok, I'm a 14 top/12 bottom but my calves are big. The tunic is fairly long on me as I'm short. Am thinking of tumble drying it to shrink smile

I just think the jeggings are slightly smarter than leggings, tho I appreciate they will be warmer.

andsmile Fri 25-Apr-14 12:04:38

Ok thanks for all those replies.

masie I like the link about dressing for your body shape. Ive been much more mindful of this and have learnt to walk away no matter how much you like something if it doesnt look right or suit your lifestyle even then its best left.

fairy I have worn a linen dress above the knee with white leggings overwise im stuck in maxis or jeans ans floaty tops in the summer. Like I said in post I know its not a 'goto' look for the summer but is it the lesser of two evils in the hot weather...Im thinking of school run at 330 when it is blistering hot I just want to walk down comfy without looking a state.

Ehric its interesting because I think leggings (any colour) look dreadful on very skinny people as they look like and upside down 'U' but skinny sli person with ankle boots and skimmig tope that give shape to the figure look fine.

Im wondering if this is a case or practicallity over style? In this case they a mutally exclusive.

OR do I just do my legs <wobbles> I mean I dont know if they will look ok with stuff on them (I have a pale varicose) Ive never tried. It seems a lot of extra expense to be getting spray tans just so I can wear a coral lacey dress..

I should just shop for more maxis and naice earings n cardi combos <grimmace> how boring.

Gawd winter is so much easier.

Fairylea Wed 16-Apr-14 21:17:52

Personally I would never wear 3/4 length leggings or white leggings so both together would be an absolute nono... (I'm a size 16). I'd go for full length in a black or skinny jeans in a dark denim (new look high waisted ones are really good, sort of like leggings and not remotely see through).

I like the tunic and leggings look and I think it's very flattering on anyone irrelevant of size. Ballet flats or slip on trainers finish it off nicely depending on the style of tunic.

EhricLovesTheBhrothers Wed 16-Apr-14 21:09:30

Calf length leggings are unflattering. Wear ankle length. And I can't see white leggings ever looking good if you are over a size 8. I wouldn't wear white leggings and I'm a size 16 with relatively slim legs.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Wed 16-Apr-14 15:59:06

Tunics can be wrap style,empire line,all sorts.As said,it's more of a generic term these days for longer tops/dress style tops.

Dresses come in various lengths not to the knee.Tunics are generally too short to wear as a day dress without leggings or skinnies underneath,some can get away with it though.

I wouldn't think about it so much tbh

Maisie0 Wed 16-Apr-14 15:51:18

You could be right there when I think about it. Some are a little bit scrunched bu not too much and then the side is at an angle.

I was wondering about the dress top thing. Because I started to take measurements. It must be longer than a top/shirt, but shorter than a dress. Dress normally hit the knee level doesn't it ? An inch above or below. I got caught out as well when I bought some clothing for my cousin's little girl and I couldn't figure out the difference between a dress and a top. I slowly figured why some of my "tops" is longer but not a dress. I had some long T-shirts which threw me a little bit, because I didn't know how to wear them. I am also short (5'2) as well, so this didn't help with the sizing thing. e.g. a normal 12 is like a long dress for me etc.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Wed 16-Apr-14 15:35:44

Tunics are not all straight,if they were most couldn't wear them.'tunic' is more of a generic term these days for a dress type top

Maisie0 Wed 16-Apr-14 15:18:23

andsmile I was a bit curious on this tunic and legging concept, so I did a bit of research this morning too. (I also have to go back and check my own wardrobe too. I have tried to do this in the past also.) This is what I find. I kind of figured out the rules a bit by looking at photos.

Tunic + leggings in theory can work for Pear/Apples/Hour glass.
chummabazzar.tumblr.com/post/20348737766/womenbodytypes

- A tunic is almost like a straight shirt with no empire lines. This is different to a dress. You got to remember this. I think the Fat Face dress won't work as a tunic.
- A tunic top needs to reach at, or just above the middle point between the knee and the hip, in order to make it work. (If petite, then at the actual point, but if taller than petite or Tall, then the point is above. See diagrams ?)
- White leggings can only work if there is white also in the tunic. So it looks almost like a one piece clothing.
- Most tunics are one uniform colour. Or of a uniformed pattern which also gives the effect of a whole uniformed area. Asymmetrical patterns may not work as tops, but then I think most shops won't sell these kind of tops anyway. So you should be okay.

Looks ok. Uniform top. At or above mid-point between knee and hip.
www.kathryngreeleydesigns.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Olivia-Palermo.jpg
1.bp.blogspot.com/-IRD731-6Y-k/UojGeJFRo9I/AAAAAAAAfwk/GdZHfBJEQiI/s640/tunic+collage+18.jpg
asiancajuns.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/AsianCajuns-Duo-boots.jpg
www.fabulousafter40.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/SAM_3045.jpg (Above mid-point + white 3/4 leggings)
www.musingsofahousewife.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/legging.jpg (Above mid-point)
www.fabulousafter40.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/animal-print-tunic-with-leggings.jpg

These are the ones that break the rules. I think they are wearing dresses and not a proper tunic top. A tunic top or an overall long shirt or jumper should have a straight structured side. No belts. These have a squeeze at the empire line or at the hip line. That is why they are not working for me I think. It looks unsymmetrical to the eye.

4.bp.blogspot.com/_-nkGLr-mfbA/TF-jPpQgSpI/AAAAAAAAEIg/vTIeNRftNfc/s1600/summery+black+and+white+outfit+collage.png
40plusstyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/wearingcapriswithtunics.jpg
scruffybadgertime.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/date-night-dress.jpg

Okie doke. Now I just have to go and rearrange or throw away my own stuff too. smile

Thank you all for the inputs too. I really like how everyone has given good ideas.

I didn't think I can do the summer option as well, but the lady with the white leggings and the bold blue print made it work.

Mutley77 Wed 16-Apr-14 13:09:04

Honestly? I don't think 3/4 length leggings are flattering to those with curvy figures / larger legs. They just seem to cut in the wrong place and make legs look worse - full length leggings IMO look fine.

andsmile Wed 16-Apr-14 12:43:20

sara I find them to be good. I have a Gillet from there and this is the first time I've bought a dress. I maybe think the jersey dresses are probably more forgiving than the shift type dresses. Im a size 18 hourglass and find they fit me in the right places. But I can see dress on the site that are straight - like the t-shirt dresses are probably not suited to me shape.

So I guess more towards the generous side...

I have worn it twice (2 short days) so have yet to wash it. I hope there isnt to much shrinkage (im away from home at moment)

WildThong Wed 16-Apr-14 12:39:31

There's a midi length dress on that link, looks interesting too. What's the thinking on midi?

WheresRyder Wed 16-Apr-14 12:34:42

I'd say on the larger side. I'm a definite 12 in fat face but can be a 14 elsewhere.

Saracarbonera Wed 16-Apr-14 12:28:07

What is Fat Face´s sizing like?

WheresRyder Wed 16-Apr-14 11:52:23

ah your link just took me to the page of dresses. the Makita maxi is lovely. I was looking at the chevron striped one on Saturday. The shorter length one is definitely long enough to wear without leggings.

andsmile Wed 16-Apr-14 11:29:07

Thanks wheres I have the Mikita maxi and there are a few other prints. Im just debating now....with a maxi you can step out without worrying about whether legs have just been shaved, one garment to wash and put on hanger.

Leggings have to be washed seperate and more prepped for - gawd talking self out of it now, but I do like that coral dress (an all the other colours actually Id wear them all, all of them I tel you!)

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