The great thing about leggings is you can wear them at any age. In fact, Leggings are a great way to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall and winter to spring. The recipe for looking fabulous in leggings over 40 is very simple.
Step 1: Buy Dark, Opaque Leggings
Black always works. It’s a very slimming color for your bottom half, and it is the perfect neutral backdrop for any other color you want to put with it. You need your tights to be fairly thick and opaque otherwise; it will look like you walked out of the house in stockings and forgot to put your skirt on. Too much information! You know what I mean?
Step 2: Pair your Leggings with a Long Flowing top
Wondering what to wear with leggings? Don’t buy a top that is oversized and sloppy and think that is going to work. It won’t!
Find a top that skims your body and flares outward slightly at the hips. This red tunic is a good example. A scoop or V-neck will lengthen your neck and make you look taller and thinner. A higher round neck can work too, but this is not a good style if you are busty because it is only going to make you look bigger than you already are.
Step # 3 Be Sure to Cover Your Bottom
I get a lot of women asking me how to wear tunics with leggings and the one thing I want to say about that, or any top for that matter, is make sure the top you choose is long enough to cover your bum! That’s an important one especially after 40!
Here’s where the elegance factor comes in. If your top is rather plain then just add a long cascading sweater, especially if it is the same color as your leggings you create a beautiful, classy, long, lean line that fools the eye and makes you look taller and skinnier. (And yes, curvy gals can wear leggings too!)
Cashmere or fine quality sweater always look rich and hangs nicely. You could always try a sweater coat too if this is more your style.
Step 4: Wear Cute Footwear
You have a few choices here… cute booties, tall, flat boots or boots with a low heel. ( High heeled boots with leggings tucked in are trickier because often they can look like you are trying too hard after 40). You could also wear ballet flats. Keep your footwear in the same color as your leggings to create a long, lean line of color. This makes you look taller and thinner.
Step 5: Don’t Forget to Accessorize
Accessories add instant personality and bring this look to life. You might choose to wear some gorgeous suede merlot boots like these or a long pendant necklace. How about a loose hip belt or a scarf? The key is to add something of interest to this basic uniform to make it yours.
How do you wear your leggings? I’d love to know.