Leggings 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? The main thing you need to remember is that leggings are not pants. 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.
Try 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.
Wear An Oversized Shirt With Leggings
This is a look I love. I’m wearing a very chic, oversized linen shirt over a pair of soft gray leggings. The look is soft and sophisticated. I’m a big fan of 3/4 length sleeves. They give you some coverage, but you still feel cool and look sporty.
This outfit is from Stella Carakasi, a new line I have just discovered. I’ve worn this outfit when I’ve had have friends over as well as out to dinner. It’s so easy and breezy. I’ve had a lot of compliments!
Wear a Tunic With Leggings
Here’s one of my go-to outfits. What I mean by that is, when I have to run out to the store, or I’m around the house working on my computer I just throw this on. It is a tunic. I bought it last year at BCBG. It was being sold as a dress! Too short for me, but that is the beauty of leggings. You can take a short dress and make it into a top and wear it with leggings.
For more great tips on How to wear leggings, Check out this video.