Sounds like you look very stylish with leggings and skinny jeans indeed! Thanks and welcome to 40plusstyle! They are really heavy knit — hold their shape never bag at the knee or in back no matter how many hours I wear them and are very warm. I am going to invest in a sewing machine and get snipping x Reply.
I am 62 and I got a pair of leggings from a friend for my birthday. She said I should wear them to my yoga classes but I am concerned about wearing them out in public at my age. I love how comfy they are but the material is not much thicker then a pair of opaque tights. I been wearing them around the house but need some opinions on whether I should wear them out.
I would not wear them if they are see through, but other than that leggings for yoga are ok. If see through, then only wear them as you would tights. You are never too old to wear normal leggings for your normal clothes, but I would never wear them without a long tunic or short dress over them. At 66, I wear my leggings all the time but never without a tunic or top that is long enough to cover both beast……. It is a Huge pet peeve of mine to see anyone, of any age, advertising!! Must keep those beast in the barn ladies!
Leggings are wonderful but do wear them modestly. I wear them with a tunic and booties or high boots and feel great. Any top should fall below the butt area. I am over 60 and love leggins, but have trouble finding things to wear with them…longer tunics, etc.
Can you give me some advice? I often wear short dresses over leggings instead of tunics. There are no special places to find them but you can see them everywhere. Just go for a style that suits you. Hit the stores perhaps wearing your leggings, and try a few!
If you through all my outfits in the what i wore section, you can see many of my own examples. The fabric is very high quality and a nice thickness. The hems are fully finished—not raw edged like a lot of cheap leggings.
All the comfort and styling without the mess! I feel that some things like wearing short skirts not minis I am able to get away with. I do like solid colors and more fitted dresses and tops.
As I am single, I would still like to dress to impress. I believe it immediately that you look a lot younger. So many Asians do; I can never guess the age of an Asian woman. My site is dedicated to this topic so you will find articles throughout this site that tackle it. All the clothes I feature are in my opinion young and hip. I would say to trust your instinct.
If you look in the mirror and it feels good to you, then it is. I am a 42 year old woman who happens to be African American. I am fit, a size 2 and look like I am about 29… I still get carded at the liquor store.
I would like to know how I can maintain my style without looking too young. While I prefer to look 29 vs 42 whatever 42 may look like, being stylish and chic is important to me. I also have trouble finding clothes sometimes because of my body type.
So pants are usually tough. I have a size 2 waist and a size 4 butt like a tiny Kim Kardashian. That is why I love my leggings and yoga pants. If you like to show both your waist and butt they sound like a good option. You could consider uploading your photos to the style forum so we can all have a look and give you more detailed advice. I have several solid and patterned dresses that would work well for fall if I paired them with leggings. However, one colleague suggested that my dresses are too long fall just below the knee, since i am petite to wear with leggings.
Should I consider having the dresses hemmed to just above the knee? Yes dresses over pants and leggings usually look nicer when the dress is a bit shorter. That is usually how I wear the look check the what I wore section for lots of examples. For more ideas on how to dress the best when you are petite you can also check this article: Thank you so much for this write up on the leggings!
The entire sites subject is exactly what I was looking for! I turned 40 last March and I have been struggling with how to dress. I was especially leery of leggings at my age and your article has made me so much more comfortable to wear them.
I guess I just felt like I was supposed to dress like my mom did when she was 40 but after reading your posts I realize I can still dress fashionably without dressing too young for my age. They were like leggings but not the skinnies type. They did form fit to the leg but rather had a smooth vertical look and did not hug the knee.
I would kill for a pair now. I had a great pair of black one when micro fiber first came out. Alas, they had a tear in them from being worn out and I have never been able to find another pair. Does anyone know if they still exist? Soft Surroundings have some! Hopefully will see more soon, since I think they work great with boots! Thanks for great advice on leggings for the over 40ss etc. Was going to wear a jersey red dress — but thought this would be too dressed-up. A perfectly comfortable outfit.
Thanks for providing the lowdown, and such great visuals of examples. Sounds like the perfect outfit for the occasion Carmen. Great to read that this article inspired you! You can wear your leggings with summery jersey dresses. This is especially nice when you select a great print. Another option is to choose a cotton short dress in a light color, like this breezy white dress https: You can also consider getting some white leggings and combine with a long cotton blouse or short dress as seen here https: I think ballet flats can work really well with leggings as can some funky sandals.
You can definitely consider navy which is a bit softer than black and can look really great with lots of colors. Thank you for the wonderful suggestions!
I thought it was a fashion faux pas to wear the black leggings with the lighter short dresses! I like the outfits in your pics ……again, many many thanks!! I love the leggings and short dress look for both winter and summer. Is a dress over leggings still in vogue in your summer this year?
Just found your blog via Pinterest — hooray! A reasonable voice in a sea of extremes! I love leggings, and wear them all year, usually with a fingertip-length tunic. Sewing is a passion, and I use a lot of chiffon and velvets in my tops. Here in Texas, a tunic, leggings, and cowboy boots are typical. Again, thank you for the blog!
Great to see you found your way to this website. Lots of articles to explore! There is one on Texas as well where I was indeed wearing leggings! Leggings look utterly ridiculous on anyone over When worn right, they can look really good.
My long time girl friend who was a buyer for Marshall Fields just got me onto leggings. I am in Florida and worn with a lovely summery top, look fantastic. My mother is 83, and looks wonderful in loose fitting leggings. In paisley and other very flattering prints, they look great.
Which is the comfort standard I always strive for. I like either way short or longer tops. Usually that would be a coat. But wear mine with moto jacket, fake fury vest and V-neck sweater as well like here… http: I have black leggings but when I wear them they are somewhat wrinkley looking or slightly bagging when getting up from sitting around knee area. Totally agree with you Sylvia.
Was just thinking the same thing. I keep coming back to this post because leggings can be so stylish and material mix can make a difference too. So love your advice here! Totally love my Adidas animal print grey leggings and have been wering them for 2 years now.
Great for sightseeing in NYC see current post or everyday life. I just dont feel that comfortable wearing them the Chanel-style. Love the pics here Silvia though. But not for me. Makes me feel hidden.
Have a nice day! I have them in very many colors and designs … even in pastels yes ;-. I though do not like animal prints, except zebra, so this is not an issue for me. I had already started wearing skinny jeans and pants as soon as they made their comeback by , mostly with short dresses.
When it comes to shoes, to my opinion, everything goes but low sneakers which make me look as heading straight to the gym, though high sneakers are ok. Age is not a factor to affect your looks, if you carry off what you wear with confidence. Belief in yourself is the key to fashion in the slightly higher age bracket.
I am in a wheelchair and age My legs are ugly and I have poor circulation so I have to wear support socks or hose. So I always wear pants. My daughter is getting married in the fall and I have a off white vintage type tunic with a small gold embellishment between the breast she picked it out and plum color leggings. Should I keep the flats or try to find something in the leggings color to match. Any other suggestions would help. Thank you so much. Is it OK to belt a long tunic or dress?
I love the cream leggings and outfits. Oh I so love that cream, sleeveless boat neck tunic with the asymmetric pleated hem. Perhaps a legging might work better than thick tights with that cream dress of mine. But I have no money left. Yes, I love to wear leggings. I think this isy third time around. I wear them for casual and dressy. I also wear leggings over tights and under long johns in the winter. As well as having a successful career as an IT Architect.
I wear leggings with my Vans tees and trainers all the time. If you are still toned and have the figure to get away with it then why not? I wear leggings with a sweater all the time, and sometimes with t shirts. Sometimes it covers, sometimes not. Totally agree Karen, if you are fit and look good why not indeed.
However I think the article is talking generally, Id bet the vast majority of over 40s 50s are not snowboarders or indeed i assume would look good in leggings and regular size tees. I admire your fitness, I was a PT for over 20 years until fibromyalgia took a hold and now most days I can barely walk around the house, I still want to look good though lol but now comfort is a very close second.
This article was written to give women ideas to hide their big bellies, if they have one. This article is very helpful to women like me. Do you have any advice about wearing a Tulle midi skirt …I am 67 size 12 waist and would like to wear a black tulle skirt to a wedding…..
The wedding is in Paris and is a black themed wedding. This is my humble opinion. Leggings are too rugged for a tulle skirt, especially to a formal wedding.
Secondly, if the wedding is in Paris, you need to be extremely confident about what you choose to wear. Parisian women have an effortless and elegant style. I say go for simplicity and put your effort toward a really good, elegant pair of shoes that will accentuate the skirt.
I am short, and have short legs, so tunic tops make me look stubby. A good length is to shorten to the tips of your fingers with your arm extended at your side. Thank you for your tip, I am built like you lol and have terrible trouble buying clothes that fit and suit, I am 51 and 5ft and believe me every single lb shows up and is hard to loose. I am going to invest in a sewing machine and get snipping x. All your advice seems to be for women who are short with apple or pear shapes. I suppose your advice would be to do the opposite to what you advise.
I love your advice though. I give advice to women of all shapes. There is a special article for tall women too at https: Help this is a great article. I would like to wear them with shorter knit dresses, but my slips are too long. Any suggestions for preventing knit dresses from clinging to knits. Should I just wear tights and buy some shorter slips if I can find them. Why do you need a slip? Sometimes cling can be reduced by rubbing a fabric softener sheet onto the fabrics. Just use a good pair of sissors and cut the slip to the desired length.
A slip is just an extra layer and it should not bring any attention to itself. In cold climates, a snug undergarment is good for thermal layering. Target has a long camisole the length of a slip that is available in the maternity department. This may be a solution for you. I like to wear leggings ,so im little short and how can I wearing shoes to ,if the leggings ower the ankle.?. High heels is good or not.. I like to know from you..
Yes heels can work in a similar way as they are worn with skinnies. For lots more tips on what shoes to wear with what pants, see this article https: Okay, you advised that people with big calves not wear form fitting leggings.
What should we wear? You cannot, and should not exclude us. What about the rest of us? There are so many other options to wear. You could still wear skinny style pants but choose styles that skim the legs, not hug them. You may like to have a look at the body type guides in this section where I have written many articles for all kinds of body types. I love your blog! Thank you for the tips with leggings. I forgot what I had been missing.
I am just turned 71, as I remember I wore a lot of leggings in , when I was in college. In fact I still kept some of them until now. Just last week, I tried them on and they fit!
There are over articles here to inspire you Robert. However for the most constructive help and personal feedback I recommend my 21 steps course http: Can you tell me when it was written? I appreciate dates on either articles or comments. I love leggings and the assets shapewear ones in particular! But my only gripe with them, is that because of the fact that most womens behinds are larger than their thighs, the material over the bum stretches and allows the skin and panties to be more visible than liked!!
So in short, make the bum area denser material, but the leggings themselves should be worn as women see fit!!! A grat pair of leggings which I wear almost exclusively know is Spanx…Coverage is really good and they hold you in.
You will want to choose tops that accentuate your slimmest pant. All wide is just going to make you look bigger so find tops that are a bit tailored in the waist. Empire tops can work too although it does not work for all apple women. I recommend visiting my article on the apple shape https: We like to style even as we age. I am in total agreement with your advice on how to wear leggings. I am in my mid 60s, am a full figured woman and I am tall. I absolutely love my leggings and find it hard to wear regular slacks now.
Anyway, I have a good friend who is in her late 60s who wears leggings all the time. She pairs leggings with short, fitted tees, etc. I sure wish she would wake up! She needs to read your article. I found it so helpful.
I have worn leggings since I was 6 years old. If you wear your leggings with heels or pumps, make sure that they match your shirt and that you don't look too trashy. Leggings can also look good with ballet flats or moccasins, as long as the shoes go with the rest of the outfit. Make sure your leggings are long enough.
You may have looked great in your perfect black leggings once upon a time, but after you've run them through the wash about a hundred times, you may notice that they rise a few inches above your ankles or they've gone saggy at the knee.
When you notice this unpleasant phenomenon, it's time to save those leggings for days when you won't be stepping out of the house, or for wearing under trousers or pants on very cold days. Don't confuse leggings with jeggings. Jeggings are jean leggings, which is a cross between jeans usually, or other pants and leggings. Tight, sleek jeggings can help spice up an ordinary outfit, and you can wear them as you could wear pants.
Denim blue ones with a 'boyfriend' cream sweater and loafers is a classic look. While leggings and a top that falls to your waist is a big no-no in many people's opinions, you can pair a short shirt with jeggings. Just make sure you can rock the jeggings.
They're really tight and not for everybody. Method 1 Quiz What's a rule you should always follow when you wear leggings? Don't wear them with heels or pumps, or you'll look trashy.
Never pair leggings with shorts — it's like wearing two pairs of trousers. Leggings are not pants, so be sure to always wear them under something else, like a dress or skirt.
None of the above. Pair leggings with a cute dress. Put on a short summer or springy dress and pair it with cotton leggings that complement the color of the dress. The dress and leggings shouldn't be the same color, obviously, but they should coordinate. For example, if the dress has five different colors on it, just pick leggings that match at least one of the colors.
If your dress is busy with designs, go for solid-colored leggings. Or do the reverse, you can even wear a solid-colored dress with a pair of patterned leggings and top your dress with a solid colored scarf. Pair leggings with a skirt. Pick a skirt that looks good with the leggings. Make sure the color of the skirt and the material don't clash with the leggings.
If you're wearing a lose skirt, wear a tight shirt so you don't have too much flouncy material going on. If your skirt has a pattern, wear plain leggings. If the skirt is plain, wear patterned leggings or leggings that are of a distinct enough color so they don't blend in with the skirt. Pair leggings with shorts. This can be a cute and casual look. Just put on a plain-colored pair of leggings and throw on some denim, white, or black shorts, and you're good to go.
The shorts shouldn't be so tight that they blend in with the leggings. Wear casual shoes with this look. Flats, low boots, sandals, or even sneakers will do. Wear a long jacket or top and a tight tank top or t-shirt with this look. Remember that you already have a lot going on when you wear shorts with leggings, so either own it and wear lots of layers, or keep it simple, but don't go for something in between.
If the sweater and boots are a simple, solid color, try some patterned leggings. Rock the patterned leggings. Leggings that are zebra or leopard striped or covered with hypnotic can give you a fun and flashy look. Make sure you wear them with an understated top, skirt, dress, pants or shoes.
Let your leggings steal the show and avoid clashing by not having other patterns get in the way of your style. Method 2 Quiz True or false: Make sure your workplace dress codes allows you to wear leggings to work at all.
Even nicer leggings can make a more casual and playful statement, so before you plan your next trip to the office with your brand-new leggings, check out your work environment to see if it's appropriate. Check out to see if other people in your workplace wear leggings or skirts that could be paired with leggings.
Wear leggings that are made of fancy material. There's nothing wrong with cotton leggings, but if you need to dress up for work, you should try wearing leggings that are made of suede, leather, or even dark denim.
Having a variety of leggings to choose from will help you mix and match more fantastic work outfits. Remember the rule about not wearing leggings instead of pants. If you wear leather leggings and just a top to work, you will look unprofessional and may embarrass yourself, depending on wear you work. If you just can't give up your cotton leggings, stick to black for work. Stick to mostly black or at least solid-colored leggings in the workplace.
If you wear patterned lacy black leggings, you may look too trashy for the workplace. Funky-patterned leggings can be fun for after work, but they are too playful for a work environment.
If your leggings have subtle tiny polka dots running over dark material and they almost look solid, that can be an exception. Pair your leggings with a nice top. If you wear a fancy top, it can help play up your leggings and make them look more fancy and appropriate for work. Here are some tops that you can wear over the leggings: Wear a tailored jacket over a simple shift dress and pair it with cotton leggings. Wear a loose top and a solid-color skirt with your leggings.
Make sure the skirt doesn't fall too high above your knee to avoid looking too provocative. The loose top should be fancy enough to tie the whole look together. Pair leggings with a long sweater. If you have a long, thick sweater that falls below your fingertips, you may be able to pull it off with leggings.
Wear a belt around the sweater and high boots that match the sweater. To pull this look off at work, the sweater has to look really nice. Wear shoes that complement the leggings. Sandals look great with leggings but aren't acceptable for most work places.
Avoid sandals in a professional work environment, especially with leggings, which will look even more casual. Pair the leggings with low or high black boots.
Pair them with close-toed shoes with a little bit of a heel. Switch over to denim-style leggings for casual Fridays. You can pair a flowing tunic top with denim leggings and ballet flats. To dress it up more for work, add a couple of long chain necklaces or a decorative scarf. You'll look trendy and casual at the same time. Avoid wearing leggings with shorts to work. Though this may be a cute look if you're out with your friends, avoid the look in the workplace even if it's a casual day.
You wouldn't wear shorts to work on casual Friday, and the same goes for shorts with leggings, unless, they are properly tailored shorts. Method 3 Quiz What is one acceptable way to wear leggings in most workplaces?
Choose leggings with loud patterns to make sure they're less revealing. There is no acceptable way to wear leggings in the workplace. Wear a nice blouse with your leggings. Could a trendy person over 60 wear leggings with a beautiful long tunic? I think trendy people over 60 can rock anything, but that's also a good combination. Not Helpful 0 Helpful You can, but the thickest ones may not look look the most flattering with skirts. Tights are often the best option with skirts.
I'm going to 6th grade next year, and my dad said I can't wear leggings anymore. What do I do? Either don't wear leggings, or try to make a deal with him, like wearing leggings with long shirts, under skirts, etc. Yes, you certainly can. Just make sure that the weather is chilly in the 60's or you'll find this combination too warm.
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