I’m 54, and I would like to wear leggings. Am I too old?……Confused in Cleveland
Your question does not have a “one size fits all” answer. The short answer is, you’re never too old for leggings but, you’ll want to style them in a way that makes you look sophisticated, not silly. Here are some great examples that incorporate the latest fall trends.
1. Leggings + A Long Shirt or Blouse
You’re fine to wear leggings over 40, or even leggings over 50, so long as you go the sophisticated route. Here’s a basic style recipe for leggings that is classy and casual. Take a black pair of leggings and wear them with a gorgeous silky blouse.
Teal is a beautiful shade of blue-green that is considered universal. It looks good on everyone and is a nice transition color from summer to fall. Add some feminine suede booties and a cool suede bag, and you’ve got a great weekend look.
2. Leggings + Poncho
Here’s another idea for how to wear leggings over 40…. Wrap yourself up in a poncho. This one is unique because of the color. Typically you’d expect to see a fall poncho in colors like black, red, rust, brown, etc. But in the last few years, pastels have become popular year-round. Mixing powder blue and soft pink with black leggings give your outfit a modern kick. This poncho is a great connector piece between your summer and fall wardrobe.
3. Leggings + a Modern Tunic
A long tunic top or dress that that’s on the short side looks really great paired with leggings. This funnel neck red tunic has a very modern, space age feel to it. Why am I thinking Judy Jetson? I like it!
4. Leggings and Riding Boots
I don’t know about you but once fall hits I want to wear boots. Tall leather or suede riding boots are the perfect footwear when wearing leggings over 50. They’re comfy and they look sporty and youthful. All you need to add is a cozy, long sweater to wear with your leggings. Then accessorize with a cute bag and a touch of jewelry, to look stylish and ready to take charge.
5. Leggings + Cowl Neck Sweater
I had to throw in this last look because it is easy, and such a classic. Who doesn’t love a big, soft, oversized cowl neck sweater with a skinny pair of leggings? Put your own personal touch on it with your choice of shoes and bag. This gray fringe bag has a happy vibe that says free spirit and fun.
One last thing… Remember when I started off by saying that you want to look sophisticated and not silly in leggings?
Do you notice how we’ve stuck to basic black leggings?
The most sophisticated leggings for women over 40 are either black, brown or a dark solid color. If you are out shopping and you come across something like these wild, patterned ones and think they look like a lot of fun, please stay away. These are more of a costume than a fashion look. Grown up gals need to look classy, not flashy in leggings.
And for those of you wondering if you can wear leggings when you are plus size, the answer is yes!