Leggings ~ Fashion Tips For Women Over 40

Leggings are the perfect casual fashion for women over 40. They’re a weekend wardrobe staple or the perfect thing to wear if work from home or are just running errands. But how do you wear them without looking like they are left over from your 80’s wardrobe? Here are a few tips:

Legging Tip # 1 – Wear Leggings with a Tunic or Short Dress

Leggings with Tunic Dress   This tunic top is a great look with these black leggings. Black Leggings

Tip # 2 – Remember Leggings are Not Pants

Many women are looking for a recipe for how to wear leggings.  The only thing you need to remember is that leggings are not pants. Think of them more as tights. They need to be thick and not shiny.  Sheer and shiny are hose and not leggings.   The length of your legging can vary, but generally ankle length look best.  Capri length that end at the calf can make you look heavy if you are a gal who is short or has thick calves.

Do you have a few legging fashion tips of your own or a photo or you in your favourite leggings. Please email me at info@fabulousafter40.com.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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! :)

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

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

  6. Colleen Stadnick says:

    I just e-mailed some photos of me. Thanks!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. I totally disagree on low heeled shoes. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. I don’t agree with the “low-heeled shoes ” work best. 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.