Leggings are tight, skinny and show everything, so there’s no way a full-figured 40+ gal could ever wear them, right?….
…..NOT! Leggings are a great casual look for mature women, regular or plus size. It’s all in the way you wear them. Here are some pointers to get you past your mental block.
1. Wear Quality Leggings
If you want to look fabulous in leggings, go the elegant route, which means quality, dense leggings. They can be knit, velvet, leather or denim plus size leggings, but they must have some stretch to be able to hold you in and smooth out any lumps and bumps. In a nutshell, aim for leggings that are more like stretchy, skinny knit pants rather than footless stockings to get a more mature, chic look.
In a nutshell, aim for leggings that are more like stretchy, skinny knit pants rather than footless stockings to get a more mature, chic look. A long top like this silky red and black print blouse is the perfect complement.
2. Don’t wear Short Tops
I’ve talked about this many times, and it is key. You have to wear a top, blouse, sweater, tunic or jacket that is long enough to cover your bottom. It’s a more sophisticated look and much more appropriate at 40+ than showing your backside. It doesn’t have to be a heavy top. A semi-sheer tunic is fine in summer. This long brown with slits conceals but looks light and airy.
Above are some cute long tops currently in the stores.
3. Dress in Slimming, Colors
In winter it’s best to stick to black, charcoal gray, dark brown or navy leggings. The shades make a great backdrop for a pretty top and slim curvy bottoms. In summer, leggings or white skinny jeans look fresh.
If you wear the same color top as the leggings, you’ll create a slimming monochromatic look, but be sure to mix up textures to keep it from looking boring. For example a black velvet top with black Ponte leggings. See above (left).
If you prefer more color, try a single pop of color up top. Wear dark leggings + a colored or print top with leggings, or also add a jacket, sweater or vest in the same color as your leggings to create a slimming column of color. You can also reverse it – Wear a solid column of dark, and a print or a solid color on the outside. This is slimming too.
4. Choose the Right Footwear
You can’t put together an elegant, leggings look and then wear frumpy footwear or over the top high heels that look like you are a 19-year-old on her way to a nightclub. Ballet flats, tall boots, pumps, booties or a tasteful high heel that isn’t gaudy works well. You’ve got to get the right look head to toe if you want to pull this off.
5. Have the Right Attitude
You have to want to wear leggings to pull them off, so don’t even try if they are not on your radar. You have to own an outfit to look good in it, so if leggings don’t fit your personality take a pass.
Shorter sweaters that cover the minimum are best suited to heavier leggings like jeggings (denim leggings).
Are you ready to rock leggings curvy gal? Check out these holiday looks with leggings for plus size gals.
(Please note- all these looks are appropriate for 40+ women even though retail models are younger) All leggings and outfits from Nordstrom- Find prices and sizes here.