Can You Wear Colored Jeans After 40?

Colored jeans for women

Hi Deborah!

I  love your website and want to know if colored jeans are appropriate?  (not just the red ones).  I’m talking about the bright yellow, turquoise,
and bright blue ones! Most of the colors are turning up in skinny styles that are harder for us fabulous fifty-somethings to wear (unless you’re a size 2).

I love these colors, but I’m not sure if they scream ‘desperately clinging to youth’ or do they look chic and current. Any ideas for how to pull this look off?

Thanks! Trish



Best jeans for women over 40

Hi Trish,

It’s easy to dismiss this trend as only for young, skinny celebs, when, in fact, colored jeans can work at any age. Looking great in them depends on three things:

Worn right, colored jeans communicate that you are modern, fun and vibrant. Michelle Obama wore them, and she looked fabulous. Maybe you can too.

Here’s a few tips to help you decide:

Wear Them With a Longer TopLet’s face it. Most of us are afraid to colored jeans because we think they will make us look fat. Here’s a pair on an average woman, and they don’t exactly look the way they do in the magazines!

Bright red jeans are like a stop sign that draw attention to your bottom half. If you have generous hips or thighs, you can control the amount of color shown by wearing your colored jeans with a tunic or long top that ends below the widest part of your body, or …

best fitting jeans for women over 40

Wear A Bootcut Style

Bootcut or slightly flared red jeans will balance you out below the waist. They’re more flattering on a pear shape.

A darker red, like oxblood (brown-red), is more slimming than bright red.

Also, remember that a little stretch goes a long way towards making you look fab. 

Bootcut or slightly flared red jeans
Try Colorblocking

If you like a fun look, try color blocking. Wear 2 different brights. (See Michelle Obama above)

For a more sophisticated look,  tone things down by adding a neutral top or jacket in ivory, brown, black, gray, navy.(right)

If you have a tummy, leave your top tucked out. 

Cheap colored jeans for women
Black and Yellow Looks Chic

You need confidence to wear bright pants, or you will look like a clown. Don’t force it.

Colored jeans for tall women
Animal Print + Orange

This is my favorite – a neutral leopard print blouse over orange skinny colored jeans with ballet flats. Doesn’t she look comfy? So chic!

orange jeans
Stripes are also a hot trend

Wear a striped top with colored jeans, so own as long as you aren’t too wide across the chest and stomach. You may also want to add a cute jacket. This look is classic, bright and fun.

Acne red jeans
How about a Boyfriend Jacket with Turned Up Sleeves?


Find one in a neutral color and pair it with colored jeans and a white or cream top. This is a sporty, elegant look.

Ines-de-la-Fressange_colored jeans

A chambray shirt + red jeans is a popular look.

Colored denim jeans for women
Jeans + Showstopping Accessories


Pair colored jeans with a neutral top and a touch of animal print. The purse or the shoes are enough, but not both! Leopard adds a  sexy vibe. Go easy.

Now, take a look at How my readers wear their colored jeans

and watch my video on how to wear colored denim jeans for women.


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  1. Barb Woodward says:

    I need to know where to get the oxblood bootcut jeans you show on this page

  2. Ether Amerson says:

    I am looking for Foxcroft jean, no belt loops, wrinkle free, 100% cotton, made in THAILAND.

    Label number RN21654. Color; Tan or Beige. Where can I find these jeans? (Please help)

  3. Just read your comments about older women wearing coloured jeans,I intend to wear them this summer,I am 66yrs old,I don’t care a hoot who likes or dislikes,when you get to a certain age you toss all that”should I “out the window and dress to please yourself,if you wear an item of clothing cos you like it that’s all there is to it,I went to weight watchers for afew months to lose the flab and now I am a comfortable size 12 to 14,so all you baby boomers out there get into those coloured jeans and sachet around. daphne mihan

  4. shirley hernandez says:

    is it alright to pair red flat shoes to plain navy blue blouse?

  5. I absolutely love colored denim and have a lot of it. Check it out here:

  6. Wanda in Edmonton says:

    I like the idea of a neutral (or, in my case, black) jacket or top with the bright jeans. My fav look is the orange ones with the stripe top and neutral jacket.

  7. Great post! I totally agree about the confidence factor.

    I’m 42 and I recently got a pair of Wyatt turquoise skinny jeans via Belle & Clive (Bluefly’s private sale site). At first I had to have confidence to wear them–but now when I wear them, they make me feel confident! Funny how that works sometimes :)

  8. I might be persuaded to wear red jeans. My younger sister, also 40 something, recently wore paint splatter jeans. I had the feeling they were something she saved from when we were teenagers. LOL.

  9. Mariah Allen says:

    I love this! Colored jeans aren’t just for teennie boppers! These women look great in colored jeans!

  10. Hi Ladies,
    I’ve just discovered colored jeans by Fabrizio Gianni and think they are fabulous. Super fit and really soft and comfy.

  11. Ha–I think the only color I haven’t tried is orange. I’m 57!

    • Hi Terri, Well, not all colors look good on all of us…some look great in orange others horrific, so don’t worry if you don’t like it! However, you just might too…

  12. Great post… I’m loving my red LOFT jeans, they are skinny without being SKINNY. Here’s a post of an outfit I put together for a date night featuring my red jeans.

  13. what a fabulous article! all i had to do was google ‘colored jeans after 40?’ and your superfantastic article popped up. It is written clearly and honestly and i am now inspired to go to the mall and try on several different styles and colors to see what looks best. thank you for your article:-)

  14. Hi Deb,
    Thanks so much for posting this article. I have purchased a pair of bright redish skinny jeans and I have yet to wear them because I have been waffling about how to wear them and with what shoes. The photos in your post have given me some inspiration and Ill bust them out this weekend!

  15. Check out the “broken in chinos” that Gap just got in stock. (check out the website where they have pictures of the various colors) They come in a number of spring colors, like the nautical blue, mango, pale pink etc., none of them too bright or garish. The fit is great and they can be rolled up into crop pants.

  16. Colored jeans look great if you have great legs and not pear-shaped. I am slim pear shaped with awful legs and can never wear colored pants even though I am definitely under 40. However it is nice to see that there are options for other ladies that will add some pop to their outfits. I only have one pair of red slightly flaired track pants that are nice that I wear occasionally but as soon as I hit 40 I have to give them away.

  17. I’m rocking colored jeans and I’m 48. They are working for me! I wearing them here –>

  18. I’m funny. I think skirts and pants should be in solid, neutral colors like brown, navy, black and white or olive green for khaki. Color jeans just seem to garish. This has nothing to do with me being over 40, I have always felt this way. That said, they look cool on the first lady. Orange and black? Makes me think of Halloween.

  19. Great article and I’m totally inspired now to try these out having seen all the great combinations and ideas! Loving this website girls, at last some funky cool looks for women still in good shape over 50!

  20. I had a lunch and movie date today. I wore red jeans, black & white stripped shirt, black leather jacket with black flats. I received many smiles and compliments. I’m a size 2 and I’ll be 60 in July.

  21. I was excited to hear that there were some bootcut red jeans out there, as I’ve been looking for a few years for a pair. Took a look at Zappo’s site… LOL $169! I can buy some carbon fiber for my Ducati at that price. Not too sure I’m caring enough about fashion to stay on this mailing list after that! Thanks anyway.

  22. They look good on the ladies in these photos. But I am still going to give them a pass. This is definitely a time when “never wear something the second time it comes around” makes sense to me. Wore red jeans and turquoise jeans the first time. Still have the horrible pictures to prove it. And I weighed 15 lbs less then than I do now.

  23. mamavalveeta03 says:

    I’m 51, 5’10” tall, and wear a size 14 but I wore my red skinny NYDJ’s proudly with a Tucker/flowy blouse in a darker color print in Chicago last weekend and I think I looked GREAT! (oh, and leopard print Tory Burch flats–the perfect touch of my style).

  24. Emily Lees says:

    Thanks so much for this post. I’ve been wondering about wearing colored jeans as a woman well after 40. I do have a straight figure and skinny thighs, and I love love love skinny jeans — just got a pair of jeggings and feel like I finally found something that fits in the thigh! So this made me think that maybe color is a possibility. I would like to find something a bit less bright than red — maybe orange or a dark peach (NOT pastel).

  25. I love this post. You have provided so many ideas on how to wear coloured jeans. I am 51 and will by purchasing a pair this spring for sure. Now I know what to do with them.

  26. Julie Turner says:

    Just purchased a pair yesterday. Now I have some great ideas on diffrent ways to wear them. Thank you for keeping us up to date :)

  27. Lisa Jeanne says:

    This is a great help for many women! I love the colored jeans. Also, I own red skinny cords and love them! I am 42 and believe the trends can fit into any age. I will wear my colored jeans with a sweater jacket or pretty blouse! Thanks and I love coming here!!!!!

  28. Great Post!

  29. Thanks for sharing. Age does not matters but personality matters a lot :-) enjoy colour jeans :-)

  30. Trish – Thanks for asking this question. I have wondered this myself for a while, and the advice given about the leg width is fabulous.

    Great question, and great response!

  31. Thank you so much for answering my question! You did so much more than that …. you gave us the tools and info to decide if
    colored jeans are a good option, no matter our size/age.

    I appreciate your response. And I thank you for all the inspiration!

    • Jolie Patterson says:

      I am 58, 5’7″, slim and shapely. I also am trendy and don’t look my age. I like colored jeans, I have a bright blue pair, subtle shade of red with black in them, and plan to get turquoise. I so far have paired the jeans with a plain black top and it looks really good.

      • Jolie, Love it that you’re pairing your colored jeans with a neutral. It’s makes the look more refined. Please send us a photo of yourself. I’d love to post it.