You may be attracted to wearing leggings because they look so casual, comfy and perfect for the 40+ lifestyle. But how do you wear them in a way that doesn’t make you look 1) fat or 2) like a desperate older woman? Check out these stylish examples of how to tastefully wear leggings or skinny pants after 40.
Tip #1 – A Jacket Will Give You Shape
You can wear any color or style of jacket you like. This one just happens to be sparkly. A jacket is a no brainer way to achieve this look. You see, as we age our shoulders start to slump and round and our whole body gets softer and curvier.
A longer jacket like this one, as opposed to one that ends at your waist, is the most flattering if you are a gal who has any weight around your midsection that you want to conceal. No matter what jacket you choose a jacket worn with leggings or skinny pants adds an air of maturity and sophistication.
|Tip #2 - A Soft Top that Drapes Works
Wondering what to wear with leather leggings? When you wear something tight and skinny on the bottom like leather pants, it’s complementary to have something loose and wider up top to balance things out. Save the tight on the top + tight on the bottom look for the “youngins” and go for this more sophisticated, classy way of wearing leggings or skinny pants. If you’ve wondered what to wear with leather leggings, here is a great example. This elegant draped tops works beautifully with the buttery soft leather pants to create a classy, but relaxed feel. Jeri is very slim so she can get away with this top being shorter, but if you have a tummy or bigger hips or thighs then by all means wear a longer top that covers your bum!
Also, If you are going to wear a shorter top like this with leggings, make sure the leggings are really thick, almost like pants. Nothing worse than a woman who looks like she is wearing a short top with leggings that look more like leotards with the feet cut out, everything shows! Too much information and that’s embarrassing. You know what I mean!
| Tip #3 – Sexy Heels Look Fab
Wondering what kind of shoes to wear with leggings? By day, for running around in, ballet flats are fab with skinny jeans and leggings, but if you want to sexy things up later on a killer pair of heels will really make you look hot. Choose pointy toed pumps or strappy high heel sandals like these in the same color as your skinny pants to lengthen you leg, or you could also pick a nude shoe.
I think these cutout black heels are a perfect choice for this outfit. So chic. Not skinny Minnie like Angie Harmon? Just wear a longer, slighty looser top and you can still look like a star.
|Tip #4 – A Long Top or Tunic Does the Trick
Here we go….. This is what I’ve been talking about. Here is a longer, looser top worn with thick leggings. Now you could go with an even longer top if you wanted. If you are self conscious about your thighs then a couple of inches above the knee would look fine too. As far as color goes, one of my readers was asking what to wear with grey leggings…This is a great look to copy. Rosanna Arquette has paired her grey leggings, not with black (which would have been very predictable) but with graduated shades of nude. It’s a very understated, modern look you might want to try.
|Tip #5 – Boots are Great with Leggings
When flats make you feel short and high heels feel like hell, a tried and true recipe for what to wear with leggings is a great boot. Tall boots with flat heels, wedge heels chunky or slim heels look fab with leggings and skinny jeans. They just go, and they make you feel really sexy and hip when you are wearing them.
Reba McEntire has the right idea about what to wear with leggings and boots. She’s chose a cute fitted jacket that nips in a the waist, to make her look slim and complete her look.
|Tip #6 – Cardigans are Classy
Sometimes you don’t want to wear something as formal or structured as a jacket so a cardigan is a good option. This cropped cardigan is a cute item to pair with leggings or skinny jeans and a top to look lady-like.
Notice that all the detail at the shoulders and collar give this cardigan visual width the way a jacket would. You get the same slimming effect as a jacket.
|Tip #7 – Monochromatic Makes the Grade
If you really want to look slim wearing skinny jeans then dress in all one color from head to toe. One streak of color or monochromatic tone-on-tone dressing tricks the eye creating a long thin line that makes you look taller and slimmer.
This long scarf Reba McEntire has hanging down in front also creates a vertical line that doubles the slimming effect. Stars! They know all the tricks!
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