How to Wear Leggings if You’re Over 40, 50 or 60
By Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
Teens know how to wear leggings, but adult women over 40, 50 or 60 have stricter fashion rules than teens do. And, I'll tell you all about what to wear with leggings so that you'll look trendy... but not silly.
Leggings are still a big hit, no matter what fashion designers and style magazines say (or fail to say).
I was in Paris last summer and I saw women of all ages wearing leggings under miniskirts. And, in the states, where everyone is extremely casual... almost embarrasingly casual... leggings are perfect.
Can You Wear Leggings as Pants?
Yes. You will love wearing leggings as pants, as long as you wear them the right way.
Leggings are a great style for apple shapes, because leggings and jeggings are stretchy. So, leggings will fit you... even on days when nothing else does.
And, most of us will become apple shapes eventually due to the natural decrease in estrogen... something which happens to us as we get older.
Actually, I have been an apple shape all of my life, so I know quite a bit about wearing leggings without looking absurd or embarrassing... well... I'm good with leggings most of the time.
Tunic Tops Over Leggings
If you are over 18 and you don’t live in the Playboy Mansion, you must wear your leggings with a top or tee that's long enough to cover your hoo-ha and your booty. No exceptions, ladies.
What to wear with leggings:
- Long tunics: Your tunic tops should reach mid-thigh... if you plan on sitting down.
- Flirty dresses and skirts: Wear your leggings as tights.
- Big shirts: Your top must be long enough to fulfill the requirements.
- Big shirts with belts: See above.
- Long, roomy sweaters: Ditto.
- Long, T-shirt tunic dresses: This may become your go-to casual look.
NOT Clothes to Wear With Leggings
The legging trend uses the silhouette of big over narrow. (Big top, narrow legs.) If you are wearing your leggings as pants, you cannot wear them with:
- Any short top.
- Any tight-fitting top.
- I don't flipping care what J-Lo wears... No excuses. If I catch you, I'll send you to the back of the line.
How to Wear Jeggings Over 40, 50, 60
You will love jeggings.
If you are over 40, you will love wearing jeggings instead of jeans. Jeggings are like denim tights or very skinny jeans. And, any apple-shaped woman (of any age) who has had children will find that jeggings are more comfortable than jeans.
When you hit 40 or 50, you will notice that most jeans suck... and jeggings are a chic alternative to the dreaded “mom jeans”.
(Update: As soon as I tell women not to wear something, it seems like it becomes hip with young chicks in London. Please ignore the new "mom" jeans. It's not hip to wear the mom-jean trend if you actually are a mom. It's just embarrassing... and no one will think you're cool... which is the whole reason for wearing something like that.)
Apple Shaped Women
In fall and winter, apple shapes should take advantage of their shapely legs by wearing their leggings under a long T-shirt or T-shirt dress and covering the whole outfit with a sweater coat or belted trench coat.
If your trench is cute enough, you can wear that same outfit anywhere, from the malls of North America to the streets of Paris. However, you must wear leggings (or jeggings) that are heavy enough not to be confused with tights.
Keep reading about how to wear leggings if you're an older woman on page two.
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