In this final segment of the series “Better on The Hanger,” let’s discuss long tops. Many of us enjoy wearing long full tunic style tops, especially if they have pockets and bold colors or print details. We may feel that we are hiding a multitude of things. But are we?
Long tunics worn with pants and flats can make my legs appear to be shorter than they are, so I don’t have many remaining in my closet. In past summers, I wore four-inch heels with slim-fitting jeans and long tops, which gave me different proportions. (Long straight-leg pants that stop at the top of the foot are more flattering with flats.) Now that I am no longer wearing heels during the day, I find that tunics can be overwhelming. The combination can cause unflattering proportions that make me look shorter and heavier than I am. The high contrast of a long top worn with white pants visually cuts my body in half. Tops and jackets which end at mid-bottom make my legs appear to be longer since they show the full length of the leg.
As we age, our legs change shape, especially at the knees. I no longer feel comfortable in leggings or very slim-fitting jeans. When I try on something from my closet that no longer feels right, I don’t put it back. Instead, it goes in the donate box, which saves time and frustration later. It also alerts me to the fact that I no longer have a basic in that color, which fits appropriately. I always avoid emergency shopping. Carefully planned purchases work out much better for me.
I like this tunic by IC Collection because it has pockets and points in the not overly long hemline, which are more flattering than straight across. I do have to be careful what I wear with it. I believe it looks better with black pants than white pants because the color continues without making me appear to be shorter. This tunic is by IC Collection, and it was a gift from ShopMyFairLady.com.
The white jeans are the Sheri Slim style from NYDJ. The espadrille low wedge shoes are by Ralph Lauren a couple of years ago. The colorful clutch bag above is a few years old.