How to wear leggings over 40, an extensive guide

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They're really tight and not for everybody. Make sure the color of the skirt and the material don't clash with the leggings. I wear leggings when I run and when I go to the pool. If you are still toned and have the figure to get away with it then why not?

Tight leggings under dresses work best. Looser leggings run the risk of making you look saggy. They do, however, work under a very loose, flowing dress. In this case, they should match in style and fabric, much the way a Punjabi suit does.
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Tight leggings under dresses work best. Looser leggings run the risk of making you look saggy. They do, however, work under a very loose, flowing dress. In this case, they should match in style and fabric, much the way a Punjabi suit does.
Dresses with leggings are now part of everyday life for the majority of women all over the world. This is understandable when we take into account how comfortable this outfit is. On one hand you have a dress, which is practical, easy to wear and you can move around in. Put that together with the comfort of leggings and you have a match made in.
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Don't wear your leggings with the wrong shoes. Leggings look great with knee-high boots, sandals, flip-flops, or even low-cut boots. 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.

A long tunic is always a good option with leggings, for an outfit that is both very comfortable, and very stylish. Stella Carakasi plaid tunic — Boden silver bag — Steve Madden silver booties — Liverpool jeggings — Gorjana hoop earrings. If you have dresses in your closet that you no longer wear because you think they are too short, before you decide to donate them, you could take a look at how they look with leggings.

They could actually look great worn as a long tunic. Here are a few more outfits to give you some inspiration for wearing leggings during fall and winter. If you are heading into spring and summer, or going on vacation, then here is some inspiration for you. Here is how I wore black and white leggings on a recent holiday.

Black tunic over capri leggings. I especially love asymmetric tunics and tops as they create an interesting silhouette and lengthen you through additional vertical lines. Here are some more examples of women wearing asymmetrical tops and tunics over leggings. You can always find a great selection of tunics at Eileen Fisher and Stella Carakasi. In winter, layer these looks with sweaters and cardigans. You can never go wrong with full-length leggings.

These elongate and will make your legs appear longer. Ankle-high leggings can also look sexy especially with heels or booties. If you are short though, mid-calf and short leggings should be worn with caution as they will make you look smaller.

Not too thin and very stretchy and comfortable. They are also great for tucking in your tummy. As you may have seen from the images above, it is great to wear a shoe in the same color as your leggings as it elongates your legs even further. Tall flat boots can work really well with leggings, but short booties and ballet flats can work equally good. For more info on what kind of shoes to wear with what pants check out this article.

Depending on the kind of jeggings and skinny jeans, your tops can be shorter for these pants although they will also look good with longer tops. They can be a great asset for any wardrobe of women over Skinny jeans are usually a bit thicker and roomier so can be worn with shorter tops. Be sure to wear the right underwear though, so there is no clear VPL visible panty line. Featured below are myself and Greetje. This concludes my guide on how to wear leggings.

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I hope you got some more clarity on how to wear leggings! What do you think? Do you like wearing leggings and how do you usually wear them? Thanks for your feedback. Otherwise, I agree with you! I think when worn as you have noted, Syliva, with more generously long tops, they highlight the part of the leg that very rarely changes in size or shape as we age the knee to the ankle.

Thanks for all of the great inspiration above. I love all the pics and I am actually surprised to find that I like the very top pics that feature the dresses with cream leggings — very chic! I have a pair of black ones and a pair of brown ones.

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 like them to come to the top of my foot and I wear them with boots — ankle, to the knee, or over the knee.

I would never want any skin to show between a shoe and a legging. I do not wear them when it gets warm.

I also have 2 pair of denim leggings and I love those most of all but I apply the same rule as knit leggings. They look good with a more casual top. This way, even if the boots are short, I get a longer leg line. You definitely need to make sure that the leggings are thick enough to cover you legs and as you say, hold their shape. Anja always looks wonderful! I appreciate her contributions to your blog. Mine are too heavy to wear with anything but boots.

They just tend to not wear certain colors after a certain age. Also, they are feminine. I have yet to have anyone tell me I look horrid in one of my Salwar Kameez outfits. But, I have had someone tell me I look horrible in western clothing. Hence, I still am a bit blundered as to why we in European countries and the USA always have such a calamity with our styles. Well, it looks cute on little girls, but once you hit about 13 the look should be avoided.

The leggings as pants look is very popular in LA at the moment and lots and lots of women are looking really terrible as a result.

At one point I was also very against skinny jeans, but now that I have a pair I really love them. They give a lot more support than leggings and I think can look good with a regular top.

I do like skinny jeans as I wore them above with a large jumper or similar. They are just too hot for Singapore! Some like to cover their skin and many like to flaunt it.

Leggings are a hit and it is flattering to be in style. I would do the same for skinny jeans and not buy them too tight. Sounds like you look very stylish with leggings and skinny jeans indeed! Very nice guide on how to where leggings.

I too love wearing leggings and tight jeans especially right now with the colder weather. I pair it with short dresses, sweater dresses or long cardigans. Knee-high boots for sure. Thanks and welcome to 40plusstyle! Yes, they are great in cold weather. I know you are an expert at wearing them. It would be nice to feature some of your outfits in this post.

This are a piece of clothing leggings,jeggings that I have not tried that much yet. I have two skinny jeans and so liking it but still I am not really that confident. It shows some of those not good looking flabs, lol. So now I have to re-design my style especially if I am wearing skinny tights. Yes I know that feeling. I am a 70 year old women size 8 and still love fashion. I love dresses but have bad viens on my legs, so I wear pants or maxi dresses.

Would it be ok to wear a slightly shorter dress lenght with leggins or would I look ridiculous! I think that would be totally ok and can look very chic! Wear with a nice tunic or dress. You could combine with ankle booties or shoes with a 2. Thanks for your questions Valerie. Feel free to put images from you style up on the style forum. That is also a good place to ask more questions so I and others can help you. Hello, I am wondering if it is ok to wear a tunic dress with brown leggings and brown clark knee high boots in May?

I am going to a wedding rehearsal May 4th in California for my niece. But I am from the Seattle area. We wear boots here a bit longer in the spring because weather is cooler. I am 49 and the outfit is very age appropriate and have gotten complements on it. Thank you for your help. Hi Liz, I think that you can wear boots in cooler weather all the time. But then you are saying that it is a wedding rehearsal so that should probably be fine.

For the real wedding I would try to wear dressier shoes and I would stay away from leggings too. Thank you Sylvia for your response.

As it turned out it was fairly warm so I wore sandals with the outfit and it looked just fine. Yes I agree about legging and weddings. I wore a flowery, flowing spring colored dress and some black ankle strap sandals.

I found out that boots are often wore almost year around there in Long Beach area. Thanks you again for your input. I am 70 and tried on leggings today. They are so comfortable! I have a calf length winter coat. Thought my short boots looked funny, so bought long boots. Thanks for the great advice. Yes, longer cardigans and tunics are definitely the way to go with leggings. Hope you find something nice and I hope you can share your looks with us on the style forum!

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.

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). You want to aim for the nicest silhouette which often relates to the 1//3 rule (explained in my style course). Tight leggings under dresses work best. Looser leggings run the risk of making you look saggy. They do, however, work under a very loose, flowing dress. In this case, they should match in style and fabric, much the way a Punjabi suit does. Shift sleeve t-shirt dress for summer--Wear as dress or with leggings. Laksmi Women's Flare Comfy Long Sleeve Tunic Dress Cross V Neck Loose Casual Long Tops. by Laksmi. $ - $ $ 18 $ 27 99 Prime. FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Some sizes/colors are Prime eligible. out of .