Flowy tops are a great piece to have in your closet. They are pretty flattering and are usually super comfortable to wear. Here are some tips to balance a flowy top in an outfit.
Wondering how to wear a flowy top? Loose, flowy tops are very in right now. There are a ton of ways to style them, and today I’ll share a few tips on how to balance a flowy top in your outfit.
How to Wear a Flowy Top
4 tips for wearing flowy tops in your outfits
Fabric structure matters
- I did a whole post a few months ago about fabric structure…check it out HERE. With flowy tops, fabric structure is especially important. If you choose something too lightweight, it can cling to your body and accentuate areas you may want to camouflage. If you choose something too heavy or stiff, it may stick out in odd ways and make you look bigger than you are. Choose something with a soft drape that has enough structure not to cling or catch on your body in an unflattering way, but drape and flow nicely over your body.
Balance with something fitted
- Whenever you wear something flowy, I recommend wearing something with it that is more fitted, like leggings or skinny jeans or a pencil skirt. If you wear a top and bottoms that are both flowy, you’ll be drowning in fabric.
Try tucking it in
- If you’re trying to camouflage your middle area with a flowy top, then tucking might not be the right choice. And if your top is long like a tunic, definitely don’t half tuck because you’ll get lots of bunching or a mullet effect with your shirt. But if you’re feeling like the top is drowning you a bit, try tucking it into your jeans. With my top I’m wearing here, I showed you both ways, but tucking was definitely a better option for me and for the top. Play around with yours and see what works best for you, the top, and your body type.
Balance with some skin
- If you’re wearing a flowy top, it usually has a lot more fabric than normal tops. And if you have so much fabric, it can feel a little overwhelming to your frame. So offset that by showing a little more skin. Try a flowy top with a scoop or v-neck to show some neckline, or wear a pair of pants and shoes that show your feet and ankles. Avoid being covered neck to toe when wearing a flowy top. You can see on mine above that it’s high neck AND long sleeve, so the ankle and foot being exposed helps the outfit breathe a little bit.
I’ll be sharing a new episode of Get Dressed with Merrick on Instagram tonight…don’t miss that, cause I’ll be showing these principles in action!
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