I’m 54, and I wear skinny jeans but would like to try wearing leggings. Am I too old? Can you wear them year round……Confused in Cleveland
The short answer is, you’re never too old for leggings but, you’ll want to style them in a way that makes you look sophisticated, not silly. If you read my post on leggings vs. skinny jeans, you know that the main difference between the two is that leggings are not pants. They’re lighter, thinner and much more revealing, so it’s best to wear them with a long top. You can wear them all year round. In summer some women prefer legging capris. Here are a few examples of leggings outfits you’ll love.
1. Leggings + A Long Shirt or Blouse
The older I get, the more comfort matters. I’m not willing to settle for anything that doesn’t feel 100% soft and good on my body, which is why I’m a fan of leggings. But over 40, or 50, you’ll look best so long as you go the sophisticated route.
Here’s a basic style recipe for leggings that is classy and casual. Take a black pair of leggings and wear them with a gorgeous, silky blouse like this black roll tab tunic. Add some faux leather leggings, leopard print mules and a tan crossbody bag, and you’ve got a great weekend look.
2. Leggings + a Tunic Sweater
A long tunic sweater looks great paired with leggings, especially when it has cute side splits like this one. Add a backpack bag and your favorite slip-on sneakers and you look casually chic. More cute fall tunics to wear with leggings here.
3. Leggings and Riding Boots
I don’t know about you but once fall hits I want to wear boots. Tall leather or suede riding boots are the perfect footwear when wearing leggings over 50. They’re comfy, and they look sporty and youthful. All you need to add is a cozy, long top like this cute animal print one. Then, accessorize with a trendy and a touch of jewelry to look stylish and modern.
4. Leggings + a Sweater
I had to throw in this last look because sweaters with leggings are easy, and such a classic. Who doesn’t love a big, cozy sweater like this colorblocked one above, with a skinny pair of leggings? This artsy looking color block sweater doesn’t need much else. A bag and shoes and touch of jewelry and you have a classy looking leggings outfit.
5. Long V-Neck Top
A v-neck is always flattering because it opens up the chest, elongating your figure. Add a pair of body-skimming leggings and you are likely to gain a few inches visually! This gorgeous wine color gives this long top for leggings a rich, sophisticated look. Taupe suede boots also uplevel this look and the cute print bag pulls all the colors together.
6. A Creative Slant
Some of the best modern tops for leggings have an artsy, asymmetrical cut. This gorgeous, bold floral top that drapes on an angle is sophisticated and dramatic paired with black. Studded booties and a bright blue toe, plus some very creative looking earrings say, Go bold or go home!
7. Fabulous Florals
Florals are super popular and are another type of modern top to wear with leggings. A Fabulous Black and White on Teal Floral Tunic with the sheer 3/4 length sleeves is pretty, but powerful. Teamed up with leggings, a beautiful bag, and some lovely loafers, this is a winning look for our to dinner or casual get-togethers.
8. The Classic Silky Blouse
Long silky blouses are trending with leggings. This roll tab blouse has to be one of the most popular tops to wear with leggings. Why? It’s silky, soft, feminine, comfy and it always looks classy. It’s got that effortless elegance look and feel to it that so many of us are after. What a great wardrobe staple!
Are you a fan of leggings? What do you think are the best modern tops to wear with leggings?
The Last Word on Leggings
One last thing… Remember when I started off by saying that you want to look sophisticated and not silly in leggings? Do you notice how I’ve stuck to basic black or dark brown leggings?
The most sophisticated leggings for women over 40 are either black, brown or a dark solid color. If you are out shopping and you come across something like these wild, patterned ones and think they look like a lot of fun, please stay away. These are more of a costume than a fashion look. Grown-up gals need to look classy, not flashy in leggings.
Finally, for those of you wondering if you can wear leggings when you are plus size, the answer is yes!
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