When the weather is getting cool and you want a little more coverage, leggings are a great way to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall.
The recipe for looking fab in leggings over 40 is really very simple.
Step 1: Buy a pair of Dark Thick Leggings
Black always works. It’s a very slimming color for your bottom half and it is the perfect neutral backdrop for any other color you want to put with it. You need your tights to be fairly thick and opaque, or else it is going to look like you are wearing stockings and you walked out of the house forgetting to put your skirt on. Too much information! You know what I mean?
Step 2: Pair your Leggings with a Long Flowing top
Wondering what to wear with leggings? Don’t buy a top that is oversized and sloppy and think that is going to work. It won’t! Find a top in your size that skim overs your body and flares outward slightly at the hips. A V-neck or scoop neck will elongate your neck and make you look taller and thinner.
A higher round neck can work too but this is not a good style if you are busty because it is only going to make you look bigger than you already are.
I get a lot of women asking me how to wear tunics with leggings and the one thing I want to say about that, or any top for that matter, is make sure the top you choose is long enough to cover your bum! That’s an important one especially after 40!
Here’s where the elegance factor comes in. If your top is rather plain then just add a long cascading sweater, especially if it is the same color as your leggings you create a beautiful, classy, long lean line that fools the eye and makes you look taller and skinnier.
A cashmere or fine quality sweater always look rich and hangs nicely. You could always try a sweater coat too if this is more your style.
Step 4: Cute Footwear
You have a few choices here… cute booties, tall, flat boots or boots with a low heel. ( High heeled boots with leggings tucked in are trickier because often they can look like you are trying too hard after 40).
You could also wear ballet flats. Keeping your footwear in the same color as your leggings will ensure the long lean color line is not broken, which means you will look taller and thinner.
Step 5: Don’t Go out of the House Without Accessories
Accessories add instant personality and bring this look to life. You might choose to wear a long pendant necklace, bangle bracelets, some fab dangly earrings or a loose hip belt. The key is to add something of interest to this basic uniform to make it yours.
How do you wear your leggings? I’d love to know. Email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be happy to post it.