Skinny jeans, leggings and everything in between. What’s the difference, are they age appropriate, and what do you wear with them so you look chic not silly?
Skinny Jeans vs. Leggings – What’s the Difference?
Skinny jeans are tight pants that narrow at the ankles, often hugging them. The best skinny jeans have some stretch built-in.
Leggings are more like tights or thick stockings. They are soft and very stretchy, as well as formfitting to your body and end at the ankle or mid calf. They are also much more lightweight than skinny jeans.
Important to Remember
Since skinny jeans are considered pants and leggings are considered an accessory you can’t always wear them the same way. Leggings should be worn with something that covers up your bum or you are revealing too much information, especially after 40!
What Top to Wear With Skinny Jeans?
Skinny jeans can be worn with short tops, short t-shirts, short sweaters as well as long sweaters, tops and any jacket. Leggings should be worn with long tunics, long sweaters, long shirts, long jackets and short, but not mini dresses.
Sometimes you can come across knit leggings that are so thick they are more like a pair of pants. This is when you have to take a look in the mirror, be honest and ask yourself if you need to wear a long top because you look too lumpy and bumpy, or is your figure is fab enough to call for wearing a shorter top. Usually it’s only the very slim gals with very flat tummies who can get away with this.
Let’s take a look at what most women wear with skinny jeans and leggings:
|Leather Jacket + Skinny Jeans
If you have ever wondered what to wear with brown skinny jeans this is a great option. This gal has paired her brown skinny jeans with a brown sweater and a cool leather jacket.The solid light brown from head to toe under the jacket creates a long slimming line and she has finished off the look with cute leopard flats.This looks classy, but casual. Love the pop of purple in the scarf. It gives this outfit a lot of personality. If you wanted to wear the leather jacket with leggings then just wear a longer top that covers your bum and goes to at least the top of your thigh.
|Blazer and Leggings
Red- It’s been one of the trendy colors lately, but it’s pretty loud for some. So what do you wear with red skinny jeans or leggings to tone it down a touch? Two things will help.First, a conservative jacket will make any skinny jean look more polished and authoritative.Second, if you pair your red jeans with neutral colors such as black and gray it will also help ground the look. This way the jeans are more a pop of color and not the whole outfit. Top off your look with some cute booties or flat shoes and you have an energetic daytime look.
|What Top to Wear With Skinny Jeans?One of the hardest parts about wearing skinny jeans or leggings is trying to figure out what kind of top to wear with them.If you want to create that nice wider at the top and skinny at the bottom silhouette that is so slimming you need to find a top that is loose but not baggy.That’s the trick and this top does the job.It’s a great top because it follows the lines of your body but is not tight or baggy. It’s a good length and the V-neckline is very flattering.A V- neckline or scoop neck top should always be your first choice because it shows some skin which is youthful, and it elongates the neck which is slimming. I also think the sleeves are a perfect length because most gals want a bit of coverage.
The leopard pattern is fun and a little sexy. It’s a good way to wear black as all black around the face can be harsh at 40, 50 and beyond.
|A Vest + Skinny Jeans
If you are still stumped about what to wear with colored skinny jeans then you might want to try this idea. Look at how cute this outfit look looks for shopping or meeting friends.This gal has paired skinny jeans with a pretty blue blouse, a sporty vest, fab bag and menswear slippers.She looks comfy and casual, and ready for action! The vest is a nice way to add a little structure. After 40 we can look a little round and soft and wearing the vest instead of the blouse alone gives us a crisper, more pulled together look.Another type of vest you might try that has also been very popular is a faux fur vest or you might even want to experiment with a zip leather vest for an edgier look.