Casual Outfit Formula: Leggings + Tunic + Tall Boots
This is a basic outfit formula that almost anyone can wear. The key is to make sure your tunic is long enough to cover your lady parts, but not so voluminous that it adds visual weight. Some women can get away with an oversized look, but I prefer my tunics to fit closer to the body, and I think they look best when the material drapes nicely and follows my curves — not that I want it tight, but I also don’t want it totally hiding my shape.
This Lush tunic is one that I’ve shown several times before, and it’s a nice year-round top. The material is very thin, so I tend to wear it more in spring and fall, but sometimes we get mild winter weather. Because it’s sheer and fairly low-cut, I usually wear a tank top under it. It’s definitely long enough to cover the essentials, and it drapes really nicely. Best of all, this tunic is super affordable at $27, and it comes in a gazillion gorgeous colors. For size reference, I’m wearing the medium.
And please pardon the wrinkles. I did steam it before we went out, but an iron definitely works better on this fabric.
These are the Hue ultra high waistband leggings from Nordstrom. They’re my favorite leggings because they’re thick enough not to be see-through, and the wide waistband lays nice and flat and holds everything in place. I have these in the medium, and they fit great.
You can certainly substitute skinny jeans in this outfit formula. In fact, I usually opt for skinny jeans instead of leggings, but we wanted to include at least one legging outfit in our 5 outfit formulas because so many women like them, and let’s face it, some days you just want to look cute without having to button your pants!
With this outfit, you can wear riding boots or over-the-knee boots, flat boots or heeled boots, or whatever tall boots you have in your closet that are comfortable. I went with my cognac suede OTK boots because I liked the contrast of brown boots against black leggings, but black boots would certainly work too. I think the chestnut color is particularly pretty with the olive top.
If you want to see the look with black boots, here’s an outfit I styled last year with the burgundy tunic, leggings, and black riding boots.
And another time, I wore the burgundy tunic front-tucked into grey coated denim pants with tall dressy wedge boots.
So you can see there are many possible variations on this outfit formula, even with the same blouse.
Now, I know some of you are going to tell me it’s too cold in your neck of the woods for this top right now, but this is just a basic formula. Feel free to swap out the blouse for a cozy sweater tunic like this or this. You can also swap out the necklace for a pretty scarf to add warmth without sacrificing style.
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