I’m 54, and I would like to wear leggings. Am I too old?……Confused in Cleveland
Your question does not have a “one size fits all” answer. 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. Here are some great examples that incorporate the latest trends.
1. Leggings + A Long Shirt or Blouse
You’re fine to wear leggings over 40, or even leggings over 50, 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.
Merlot is a beautiful shade of red/purple that look rich and sophisticated on everyone. Add some faux leather leggings, black suede booties, and a chic chain bag, and you’ve got a great weekend look.
2. Leggings + A Polished Poncho
Here’s another idea for how to wear leggings over 40. Wrap yourself up in a poncho.
3. Leggings + a Modern Tunic
A long tunic top or dress that’s on the short side looks great paired with leggings. This feminine sheer floral tunic works well with these faux leather leggings. More cute fall tunics to wear with leggings here.
4. 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 sweater to wear with your leggings. Then accessorize with a cute bag and a touch of jewelry, to look stylish and ready to take charge.
5. Leggings and 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.
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 we’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!