What To Wear In The Summer If You Can’t Go Bare Legs?

Hate Showing Your Legs
Deborah BolandWhen I wrote about How to Wear Dresses when you have unattractive legs, a reader responded by asking, “What if you don’t like showing your legs at all? How do you cover up in summer?” I turned to my good friend, Image Consultant Sue Donnelly, to answer this in a guest post. Enjoy!

SUE: Yes, this is THE season when women of a certain age bury their heads in their hands and wail – ‘what do I do about my legs?’

Of course, if you have pins to die for, tanned, lean and going up to your armpits, you can move on. No need at all for you to be reading this article. If you are like the rest of us, the onset of summer is a nightmare.

Wondering what to wear in the summer if you can’t go bare legs? I have some tips. [Read more…]

White Leggings ~ The Right Way to Wear Them

How To Wear White Leggings

Are these white leggings too revealing? Did she lose her pants?

I’ve written about leggings before, but a reader wrote in to ask me specifically about women’s white leggings. She sent in this photo of herself and gave me permission to post it.  Jane asked,  “I wear black leggings all the time. Can I wear white leggings? Is this outfit o.k.  for a mature woman?”

My reply to Jane is: Yes, you can wear white leggings, but they are trickier to pull off. Why?

  • They are lighter and thinner. You have to be careful they are not see-through.
  • White is not as slimming as black, so if you are bottom heavy, you I would avoid them.
  • They’re very seasonal. White only looks good in hot weather.

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Can You Wear Leggings Over 40, 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.



1. Leggings +  A Shirt or long Blouse

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 pretty blouse.  Then throw on a poncho to look modern and cool.



green turtleneck leggings


2. Leggings + Turtleneck Sweater

Leggings are a great way to transition from summer to fall. Throw on a cozy sweater. Some cropped boots, and some jewelry and you have a very wearable weekend look.

blue tunic and leggings

3. Leggings +  Tunic

A long tunic top or dress that that’s on the short side looks really great paired with leggings.


leggings new 2

4. Leather Leggings + Jacket

You’re not too old for leggings if you go this sophisticated route. Pair black leather leggings with a black turtleneck and pair with a white or cream jacket. Black with white is always chic. You’ll look grown up but slightly edgy in this combo of leather and ladylike.

How to wear leggings over 40, 50 and beyond - look sophisticated

These zebra stripe 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!


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 Tip # 1 – Start with Quality Leggings

leggings  with camel coat


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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.

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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 - high-heeled or flat, boots

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 seven 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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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

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.

silk scarf top and black ballet flats

Lovely in Leggings

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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