3 Leggings Fashion Tips All Stylists Know

If you like the idea of wearing leggings ,but haven’t got a clue how to put a leggings outfit together, then here’s a few ideas. It’s actually a lot simpler than you think if you just understand what leggings are and apply some basic styling tips. For example:

leggings  with camel coat

Leggings Tip # 1 – Start with Quality Leggings

There are lots of  leggings out there, but some are not as good as others.  It’s best to start with leggings that are fairly thick, opaque and have good stretch. Avoid the shiny look and go for matte leggings or you risk looking like a dancing queen.

leggings with black and white top

Legging Tip # 2 – Go Long Over Leggings

Even though you will be after a thicker legging, you have to remember that they are not pants. Leggings are more like very thick tights so be sure to wear a long top, otherwise it will look like you forgot to dress your bottom half.

plaid leggings  gray sweater

Leggings Tip # 3 – Keep it Classy
Wear cute shoes or boots, carry a quality bag, no big sloppy t-shirts and  ugly runners. Keep it classy, not trashy when you are wearing leggings.
Do you have a few legging fashion tips of your own or a quality photo of yourself  in your favorite leggings? Please email me at info@fabulousafter40.com.


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  1. I think the trend of leggings are in fashion once again. You can team it up with long top or kurtas os many other western dresses.

  2. I like your all the tips. Leggings look best when paired with lots of layers on top or you can wear them with oversize sweaters and cardigans.

  3. Love your site! The tips are super helpful for those of us who are over 40 and don’t know how to dress. I have recently lost 25 lbs. I absolutely hate the leggings and big tunic look. It looks like you just quit caring about how you look and are trying to cover up your muffin top/big bottom/wide hips. Yuk yuk yuk!

  4. Love these looks! Where is the black tunic from in the first ensemble?

  5. What do you think of the attached mini-skirt with leggings for us “over-40″ gals? I’m a petite 5′, size 2 but it seems a little bit girly. Thanks!

  6. I always buy leggings one size bigger, keeps them nice and thick

  7. Hi, I always buy leggings one size too big so they are not overstretched and look thicker

  8. Love your advice! Always right on. I enjoy looking my best and try to look current but not foolish. You help me to do both. Thank you!

  9. I may be missing it in the post but I don’t see a link for the clothing. Where was the middle black top purchased (or brand name)

  10. I’ve been debating leggings but I’m a tad “curvy” per say and not sure how well I’d rock em. Love that last outfit!

  11. I just wanted to bring up the following: I’m 5’4″, and am very small. Even though I am short-waisted, I do have a defined waist. I find that the tunics you show that are only 2″ above the knees make me look ridiculous and frumpy. I wear a tops advertised as tunic length or mini skirt length. I assure you that these lengths look great on my body type, and my bum is well covered. Also, these tunic/mini-dress lengths make my legs look much longer, and give my body a longer, lean look. I wear them with many styles of boots, but never wear a heel over 2 to 2-1/2″. I disagree with wearing flats with my body type. Flats look like the slippers my grandmother used to wear with her housedress. LOL. And, they make me look even shorter in the leg. I find that tights and booties of the same color with a little heel, elongate my legs. Please remember that we all have different body shapes, and not everyone looks good in the same thing. Perhaps you could feature a topic on wearing tights with different body types. Anyway, thanks for all the excellent advice that you ladies bring us in your FabAfter40 newsletters. You have become my “go to” website for beauty and style advice! :)

  12. Thanks for the info! Here’s a question, all of these pictures are women wearing Spring and Summer looking attire – what are your tips on tights/leggings for Winter wear? Specifically cable knit tights. Are they too young to pull off for over 40?

    • I wear heavy cable tights all winter, with boots with a little heel (less than 2 to 2-1/2″) or medium heeled shooties. I like the look and warmth of them. I don’t see why they can’t be worn by 40+ women. They look great with long, over the bum sweaters, and are warm too! I get compliments on this style all the time, so they must look good enough on me. I think if you dress with class, you won’t go wrong. It’s all about your body type, and accentuating your best features.

  13. Jackie dyer says:

    I have a black lace short dress. Tank style top that flows to a short flared skirt. Can I wear leggings under it? If so, what length, color, style should I wear?

  14. I think the blue top looks fabulous and slimming. Age appropriate. If you’ve got it, flaunt it.

  15. I’m 63 and haven’t worn leggings since the early 90’s but I’ve lost FIFTY LBS! I now wear a size 10, I’m 5’9″ and weigh 154. Can I still get away with them do y’all think?

    • Hi Colleen,
      Congratulations about the weight loss. It’s hard to tell from height and weight. It’s more about body shape and personality, but you probably can as long as you wear a long enough top to cover your hips and behind. Feel free to send me a photo.

  16. I’m 65 and I wear black leggings all the time. Key rule is to cover your behind and your crotch. A longer black tank is a good first layer over which you can wear a looser cardigan or a belted jacket, and of course tunics are terrific. Don’t limit yourself to flats; leggings also look great with mid heel wedges and kitten heel pumps — just don’t wear stockings or knee highs with them! The dressiest leggings have seams down the front, which help slim your legs. Zara makes really good, reasonably priced ones, and Lysee Leggings now has ponte knit ones with seams and a tummy control panel.

  17. Leslie Bonner says:

    Yes, I love leggings with dresses or tunic length tops. I do not wear high heels any more so definitely I’d wear them with low heels.

  18. I agree. Low heeled shoes look terrible on most women with short legs. Choosing High heeled shoes carefully is the key, as in the choice of leggings. I prefer them in the ankle length with a matching shoe, boot (Short or Tall) in the same color family to lengthen the leg.

  19. Great tips for women over 40..well leggings suits every age girls and women..its just one should know how to carry oneself.One can look trendy at any age!

  20. I don’t think that low-heeled shoes work with leggings. Leggings usually shorten legs for those who are not blessed with skinny legs or long legs. Usually, leggings cut the legs over the ankles which makes some “un-blessed” legs even shorter. So the best option to wear leggings is to know your body…and not stick to rules such as “low-heeled shoes”. If you browse fashion sites and magazines, leggings actually look great in high heeled shoes.