Style Question: How to Wear Colored Jeans When I’m Over 45?

Colored JeansDear Deborah,

Thank you for showing me some tips on what to wear.  I’m almost 45 and I want to buy colored jeans but I don’t want to look like I’m 17.  How can I wear this trend?

Carla T.

Hi Carla,

I love colored jeans . I think they are modern and fun but I know many gals in their 40’s and 50’s are hesitant to try them because they are worried they are going to make them look fat. Yes, bright colors do draw attention, but there are things you can do to fix that.

For example, the style of  jeans is more important than the color when it comes to looking slim.  If you have generous hips and thighs, then you may not want to wear  tight skinny red jeans.  Try  flared red jeans to balance you out.  When you have the right fit for your body, any color works.

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Jumpstart Your StyleNext, your top.  The best way to tone down bright jeans is to pair them with a neutral colored top or fitted jacket. By neutral I mean gray, black, taupe, cream navy or any color that cools things down a bit. A solid color works or a neutral pattern is good too.

Finally, keep your accessories simple and tasteful.  You already have those pants commanding a lot of attention so go easy on the jewelry, wild shoes and loud accents that scream “look at me, look at me.

For more tips on how to dress over 40 pick up a copy of my popular eBook: Jumpstart Your Style: 12 Little Lessons to Dump the Frump.

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  1. Anne Reed says:

    I love colored jeans especially in the fall. Where is the best place to buy them?

  2. deb gayowski says:

    Yoga now makes a high rise skinny jean that is almost like a jegging (faux front pockets). I am 57, 5’4″, size 4. I bought 2 pr of skinny coloured jeans tonight and was in debate about whether I should have bought straight jeans instead at my age, so they are not so tight to my leg? The only reason I went with the skinny, was because I thought maybe they were more versatile – I could wear them with ballet flats or tucked in to boots. I am still undecided if I am clinging to a look that is too young for my age?

    PS: Do these require a longer top, or can I treat them as a jean and wear a hip length sweater?


    • Hi Deb,
      I love yoga jeans. I have two pairs I bought last year, a gold pair and a teal pair. They are nice and stretchy. Yes, you can absolutely wear these with shorter tops because they are heavier than a legging, which is often more like a thick stocking, and they have a waistband. I’d love to see a photo. If you can snap one send to

  3. Brizziana Faith Lopez says:

    Finally I already found classical types of jeans. Wearing different clothes everyday is not anymore my problem.

  4. Brenda Wyles says:

    Very timely article ladies. I’m 47 & have succumbed to the coloured jeans trend. I’ve bought a green pair & intend to just pair them with a simple black tunic top & ballet flats. So good luck Carla, go for it I say.