Is there a time in life when jeans are no longer appropriate to wear? I am 60 and am a size 14 pear shape with a very casual life style. ~Sharon B.
Great question! I think you can wear jeans forever,as long as you are wearing jeans that look current and fit you well. Denim may be the workhorse of the modern wardrobe, but after 40 the wrong jeans can make you look like old mare.
Here are a few tips for you to look modern and hip, not dumpy and frumpy.
Stay Clear of “Mom Jeans”.
If your jeans are bulky and make you look lumpy, and the pockets don’t sit where they are supposed to, you’ve got yourself a pair of mom jeans.
Avoid this dated look by trading in your high-waisted mom jeans for mid to lower rise jeans. This way your jeans will sit on your actual bum- not above (making it look flatter) or below (making it look saggier). Also be sure the jeans you choose have a bit of stretch (between 10-15%- check the tag to find out) to skim your curves and avoid a frumpy look. The best jeans for women over 40 have a bit of stretch.
Bootcuts suit everyone
A dramatic flared jean or restrictive skinny jean can be hard to wear for some. Flares can be aging and skinny jeans really look best if you have slim legs. That’s why the classic bootcut is hands down one of the best jeans for women over 40.
Bootcut jeans are flattering on everyone because the slight flare at the ankle balances out your hips and thighs, creating an overall lean look (and who doesn’t love that?). This balacncing effect makes them the best jeans for curvy women, but even more boyish frames reap the benefits.
Choose Jeans with the Proper Rise
Gals who are “pear shaped” (your hips are much bigger than your bust) or who have a short waist, will find that mid-rise are considered to be the best jeans for women like you. If you carry weight in your middle, you should also try a mid-rise jean (the top of the pant should be two finger’s width below your belly button). If you don’t have either of these body types, then you can wear any rise you like!
After 40, darker wash denim with no fading or markings is a dream for two reasons. Firstly, since dark recedes making the area a dark color is placed over look smaller, a dark wash is more slimming than a light or faded jean. Also, dark denim looks richer and classier than a casual light wash. To take your dark wash denim into more formal territory, simply add a blazer!
Stay away from Torn or Shredded Jeans
Jeans with rips and faded washes are “iffy” for women over 40. Jane Fonda’s shredded jeans make her look desperate to look youthful at 72.
Getting the right hem length is important to looking fab in your jeans. The hem of your jeans should never drag on the floor- this looks sloppy, but too high will look silly too. Aim for your jeans to hit approximately ¼ of an inch from the ground for the perfect length. If it’s within your budget, buy two pairs of jeans: one long enough to wear with heels, the other hemmed for wearing with flats.
Remember, keeping things simple and classy is the best way to wear your jeans after 40. You’ll be one hot mama with no mom jeans, or teen jeans in sight!