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.

Euphemia Tue 15-Apr-14 17:09:23

I think leggings are lovely under tunics, as long as they're being worn like tights rather than trousers. With a pair of ballet flats, I really like that look.

ParkingFred Tue 15-Apr-14 17:17:22

I know tunics with leggings have been much derided on here, but I think if you're bigger, it can be a really flattering look. Much better than maxis that can so often make women look like a ship in full sail.

The leggings need to be thick enough that they don't go remotely transparent when stretched.

It can look good, IMO

friend wears denim tunic with white leggings, it works

DrankSangriaInThePark Tue 15-Apr-14 17:24:34

I would go for slim jeans rather than leggings. White skinny jeans and a tunic are my go-to wedding etc outfit for the summer. (I don't do dressing up and I don't do legs in public grin)

TheAwfulDaughter Tue 15-Apr-14 17:29:17

I have severely unattractive legs, chunky baby legs with no shape to them at all. I am also overweight and dumpy in height. I would still never ever dream of wearing leggings and a tunic.

River Island do some lovely jeggings which are cool enough for summer in all different colours. I wear maxi dresses and tube skirts- all cool too. Cotton trousers with stretch that can be rolled up to make ankle biters. Sometimes short culottes too, shows off my vile legs but the flareyness of them balances it out. All with a wedge heel or nudey shoes that don't cut you off at the ankle- lovely.

Onesleeptillwembley Tue 15-Apr-14 17:31:16

Tunics and leggings are miles better than 'shudder' maxi dresses if you're larger.

andsmile Tue 15-Apr-14 21:20:53

Oh thank you all.

I have seen the sneering (!) about tunics and leggings but the way I see it for me and my shape I feel it is a viable look. Havign said that even if i dropped two dress sizes it still would not improve my legs tbh.

Maxi dresses I love these. I like being able to throw them on and I feel quite feminim in them. BUT I will say I have tried a few different 'cuts' and 'silhouettes' and if you get it wrong you can look like a billowing washing line walking down the street. I'm happy with my current maxi dresses I'm 5'8, O always wear a cardi or denim jacket to balance it all out also - no wobbly flesh here.

Awfuldaughter Ive recently just bought my first pair of jeggings (just next) and I wer these with a longline top so I will have a look at those you have listed. I have some nude wedge heals, dressy flat blacks and block heal tan sandals plus three comfy ones birks etc.

For once Im looking forward to summer.

Second question: if anyone still reading....Should larger curvy figures be seen in patterns such as this seasons vibrant florals. Someone told me shoudnt wear pattern do you agree

Anyone should wear what they like, IMO.

If you like how they look on you, wear them!

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Wed 16-Apr-14 10:30:54

Leggings and tunics are fine as are some maxis (some do tent but hey ho!guilty here lol)

But a big NO to the tube skirt suggestion!!!

Yes you can wear prints!In fact,prints break up a solid mass which can make you look smaller,but can do the opposite if you get the size of print wrong.Try a few on and see which ones are best

andsmile Wed 16-Apr-14 11:06:56

Thanks fiscal and trip

yeah yeah to tube skirt - anything that indicates cling and not gentle skimming is a no no for me.

trip ive stuck to ditsy prints or ones where the colour is no high contrast or muted colours - i just dont think i can wear some of the more vibrant floral prints.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Wed 16-Apr-14 11:08:25

Vibrant will be fine if the size is right.I had a really vibrant one last year the seemed to slim me!

andsmile Wed 16-Apr-14 11:19:29

ok so I have seen these:

www.fatface.com/search?q=*&parentCategoryRef=womensdresses&sort=manual&order=ascend

www.fatface.com/search?q=*&parentCategoryRef=womensdresses&sort=manual&order=ascend

The first is available as a maxi. i have a new maxi from here with the twist at bust line (gives flatteringly) and the hang fairly straight down but not clinging on. Ive worn it this week with a denim jacket and really pleased DH even commented it looked nice.

The second dress - that colour is one of may faves as it really suits me and I would be wearing that with 3/4 white leggings.

I have found a site that just sells wool and cotton, has lots of style of cardigans and colours. So I will be teaming up with white cardigan and not sure about the other colours just yet.

WheresRyder Wed 16-Apr-14 11:23:08

I have the Camille wrap dress from fat face in several patterns. its long enough to wear without leggings/tights and I think looks better. I bet our legs are no way near as bad as you think.

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!)

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.

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

What is Fat Face´s sizing like?

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.

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?

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)

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.

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.

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 15:51:18

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 15:59:06

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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? :-)

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.

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)

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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