How to Wear Leggings After 40

leggings over 40Leggings are a fashionable way to look fabulous after 40 on weekends or if you have a casual lifestyle. But how do you wear them without looking like they are a left over from your 80’s wardrobe?

Deborah BolandDeborah: The main thing you need to remember is that leggings are not pants. What you wear up top is key.

 

Tip #1: Think of leggings more as tights.

They need to be thick and not shiny. The length can vary but generally ankle length look best. Capris-style that end at the calf can make you look heavy if you are short or have heavy calves.


leggings over 40Tip #2: What you wear up top is key.

Invest in long flowing tops, sweaters or tunics that cover your tush and even your thighs if you are heavy or wide there. Since you are wearing skinny on the bottom go wider up top to balance meaning tops that drape and flow work really well.

What do you do when it comes to shoes?

Tip #3: Flats work well.

Sure, heels can sometimes work, but if they are too clunky or fussy they can also look tacky, especially after 40. You don’t want to start looking like your teenage daughter.

Ballet flats or low heeled boots always look classiest and complement the relaxed look of tights. Wedges work too and also look great.

Leggings featured from Box 2

Do you love leggings. Send in a  photo to show me how you wear yours. I’d love to post it. Email to myphoto@fabulousafter40.com

 

 

 



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  1. Thuli Mtshali says:

    Looooooove this website. I’m where I’m supposed to be getting fashion advice at last

  2. Traci Leckrone says:

    I’m blessed with thin long legs however the stomach area is another story. I love leggings and also have trouble finding cute tops long enough to be appropriate while not looking like Maude. Thanks for the tips on wear to shop.

  3. Try J Jill. They usually have a lot of cute tunics.

  4. Kristi Holzwart says:

    I have recently moved to the north (Michigan) from my homeland (Texas); I finally took the plunge and purchased several pair of leggings and some “grown-up” skinny jeans/pants, so that I can wear my new collection of tall boots. Of course, I know good and well that I need long tunic sweaters to cover the important bits (and so as not to look ridiculous); however, it seems now I can’t actually FIND any flowing/drapey/a-line (as in, not fitted so that it hugs my muffin tops and works with my pear shape!) sweaters for a reasonable price.

    Any suggestions on where? I need to invest in several (at least) so I am not looking to break the bank on a single item.

    Thanks!

    • Kristi Holzwart says:

      just want to add: I have found a few lightweight tops but this is Michigan: I need sweaters! :)

      • Pam Ungruh says:

        I just found some online at Nordstrom.com. I searched for tunic sweaters. I ordered 2 which were delivered yesterday and I love them. I live in Illinois so it is cold here too! I also found some tunics at SoftSurroundings.com but did not order those yet. Good luck.