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 [Read more…]

12 Chic Ways to Style a Shirtdress

Are you a fan of shirtdresses? Sometimes they can look so plain on the store rack, they’re easy to pass up. But in reality is, a shirtdress is a fantastic wardrobe staple.

It’s easy to wear, very versatile and a great way to get that casually chic look we’re all after.

Here are a some tips for styling this simple classic.


how to style a blue shirtdress

1. A well-fitting shirtdress mean no pulling across the chest or buttons that pop. [Read more…]

3 Stylish Tops to Wear With Leggings This Summer

If you read my post on leggings vs. skinny jeans, you know that the main difference is that leggings are not pants.

They’re lighter, thinner and much more revealing which means that for mature gals like us, it’s best to wear them with a long top. What do I mean? Here are three styles of tops that will work well with your leggings this summer.

Leggings with red shirtdress1. Wear a Shirt Dress With Leggings

A button up shirt dress makes a great top for leggings. I have a couple of shirt dresses with sleeves that I often wear with leggings, but in summer I like this silky, red snakeskin print one from Equipment. I wear it belted to give it a bit of oomph, and I pair it with flat sandals.

It’s a great casual outfit that I can wear to the mall, running around town, or when I’m on holidays sightseeing. I just wore it in NYC when I was there for the weekend. [Read more…]

9 Tips For Looking Fabulous After 40 in Tall Boots

Wondering how to dress after 40 to look sexy and hip, but still age appropriate?  Buy yourself a pair of tall boots! Be they high-heeled or flat, boots that cover your calves and sit just below the knee are alluring, chic, and ageless.

Here are 9 Tips for How to Wear Tall Boots:

1. Leave No Gap

tall riding boots Michael Kors

These tall riding boots are very popular a popular at the moment and look great with leggings. just make sure there’s no gap.

When wearing pants tucked into flat boots make sure the boot is tight enough around the calf, so there’s no gap. Any gaping will make your legs look twice as bulky.

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Top Ten Posts of 2013 ~ What Readers Loved

This year the Fabulous After 40 readers were gaga for leggings and skinny jeans.

But how to wear them and style them presented quite a dilemma for over 40 gals.

It makes perfect sense that some of my most popular posts of the year focused on helping stylish 40+ women wear their favorite casual essentials in a classy way.

Let’s take a look.

jacketleggings2Leggings are casual and perfect for 40+ lifestyles. However, they are tricky to style. Here are 7 ways to tastefully wear leggings and skinny jeans over 40.










obama21Many of you liked the fashion forward look of over-the- knee boots, but you would never wear them to church.
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Can You Wear Leggings At 40 or 50 or Beyond?

Hi Deborah,
I’m 54. I would like to wear leggings. Am I too old?……
Confused in Cleveland

Hi Confused,
Your question does not have a  “one size fits all” answer.  The short answer is, you’re never too old for leggings….but, you must style them in a way that makes you look sophisticated, not silly.

Here are some great examples.

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Try  Long Sweater Coat

You can’t go wrong with this basic style recipe for leggings that is classy and casual. Take a black pair of leggings and add a  top or t-shirt in the same color to create a nice long slimming line.  Then  throw on a long cascading sweater in a contrasting color and a pair of comfy, hip riding boots and you have the perfect where anywhere casual outfit.

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Cozy Knit Sweater

Leggings are a great way to transition from summer to fall. Take a summer top, add leggings, a cozy sweater and boots and you have a very wearable weekend look.


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White Blouse

You can’t go wrong with a classic white blouse and leggings. This always looks chic.


leggings and a tunic

Wear a Tunic

This is another classic style recipe. There’s that riding boot again which is always super popular in the fall and winter but this time, instead of a top and sweater, it’s now paired leggings with a fabulous tunic. A tunic is just a long top or it can be a short dress. Sometime you’ll see a dress that you love but it is too short. Often it can be worn as top over leggings.


These leggings are too crazy to be classy.

One more note… Remember when I started off by saying you want to look sophisticated and not silly in leggings?

Do you notice how we have stuck to basic black leggings?

I suggest you stick to solid dark colors.  If you are out looking for leggings and you come across something like these wild  patterned ones and think they look pretty fun, please stay away. These are more of a costume than a fashion look. Glam Gals need to look classy, not flashy in leggings.

And for those of you wondering can you wear leggings when you are plus size, the answer is yes!

Do you wear leggings? Send a photo to  myphoto@fabulousafter40.com and I’ll post it.

Looks You CAN Steal From Your Daughter’s Closet

mother and daughter fashion

Your daughter’s closet holds clues to what’s modern and “now.” Draw some inspiration from her style. All you need is a “nod to the trend” to look hip. Clothes and accessories from peterkate.com

If you have a  teenage daughter at home, then chances are her closet is filled with hip, trendy pieces that you’d never think of wearing.  But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a poke around.

You may be surprised to find a few things in there that you can draw inspiration from, or that you can tweak to create a modern, hip, but still very grown-up look.

Here are some pieces you might consider “borrowing” from your daughter’s closet: [Read more…]

Stylish Readers Raise The Bar On Casual Dressing Over 40

silk scarf top and leggings

This silk scarf top is perfect to pair with leggings.

If you think casual dressing over 40 means yoga pants and a baggy t-shirt, think again. These Fabulous After 40 readers have raised the bar on relaxed dressing.

After a day in her garden, sixty-eight year old Shirley wanted to enjoy a casual dinner out with her husband so she put together this elegant outfit.

Leggings can be tricky to pull off if you don’t wear them with the right thing. But Shirley has tastefully paired her leggings with a gorgeous silk scarf top and black ballet flats.

Her striking turquoise jewelry makes the outfit look polished and put together. It’s those finishing touches that make all the difference. Shirley, you look like a knockout!

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Judy Goss – Founder of Over 40 Females Has The Look!

Judy Goss, Founder of Over 40 Female

Judy Goss, Founder of Over 40 Females

If Judy Goss looks familiar it’s because, she is! For years Judy was a top Ford model  gracing runways and magazine covers. She then went on to become an editor and TV spokesperson for More Magazine.

Today Judy is the founder and driving force behind Over 40 females a nationwide networking group that connects, encourages and inspires its members.  I have known Judy for several years  and every time I see her she looks so  gorgeous and pulled together that I asked her to share her fashion sense with us.

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7 Ways to Tastefully Wear Leggings or Skinny Jeans Over 40

Leggings are casual, comfy and perfect for the 40+ lifestyle. But how do you wear them in a way that doesn’t make you look 1) fat or   2) like a desperate older woman? Check out these stylish examples.

1. Wear Leggings with  a Jacket  

With leggings or skinny pants you want to create that slimming silhouette that is wide at the top and narrows all the way down to your ankles. A jacket with a good shoulder and some nip-in at the waist gives you great shape, the same way a clothes hanger gives a flimsy t-shirt structure.

A sparkly boyfriend jacket and skinny black jeans- Twiggy’s rockin!

You can wear any color or style of jacket you like. This one just happens to be sparkly. A jacket is a no brainer way to achieve this look. You see, as we age our shoulders start to slump and round and our whole body gets softer and curvier.

A longer jacket like this one, as opposed to one that ends at your waist, is the most flattering if you are a gal who has any weight around your midsection that you want to conceal. No matter what jacket you choose a jacket worn with leggings or skinny pants adds an air of maturity and sophistication.
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