Yes, longer cardigans and tunics are definitely the way to go with leggings.
Converse are about as comfortable as you can get. Leggings are also about as comfortable as you can get, so the two work brilliantly together! A lot of punk and emo-inspired looks start with a base of leggings and Converse, so if this is your sort of style, then you need to try this look!
Converse worn with leggings can also be very sport looking, and works really well with athletic-inspired styles like those by Alexander Wang or Stella McCartney. Why not stay comfortable while you dress in couture-inspired fashion?
Converse are also a great way to dress down an otherwise very fancy outfit, like one with metallic or sequinned leggings. When these shoes are worn with leggings as part of a fancier outfit, they can look very cool and relaxed.
They also often hit the ankle at just the right height to look great with leggings. Pumps are the ultimate sexy shoes to wear with leggings. In fact, pumps and leggings are one of the sexiest outfit combinations you can find!
Together, they are pretty much guaranteed to make your legs look amazing. For an extra fantastic outfit, try metallic or faux leather leggings, and combine them with stiletto-heeled pumps.
This gives a very stream-lined look, and will make your legs seem miles long! You may want to wear a long, loose top though, just to stop the outfit from going too far on the sexy side! The style of pumps to wear with leggings is a very personal choice, but a lot of people prefer to stay away from pointy-toe pumps because of 80s fashion flashbacks!
When worn as part of a sleek all-black outfit, black pointy-toe pumps look incredible, but blue leggings and pink heeled pumps might not be a great idea! For something extra special for evening wear, look for printed or embellished pumps, both of which are especially great with plain colored leggings. For gorgeous summer shoes to wear with leggings, try sandals. Whether you go for strappy gladiator sandals or towering wedges is up to you — leggings and sandals can fit all sorts of different styles.
Nautical-inspired wedges give off a great 50s vibe when worn with leggings, while flat sandals look more bohemian. Simple black sandals work like pumps to turn leggings into gorgeous night-out clothes.
You might want to avoid sandals with too much ankle detailing, as this could clash with the bottom of the leggings. Otherwise, however, you should just try whatever combination appeals to you! Sandals are a really great way to make your favorite pair of comfy leggings summer-appropriate. If you like to show both your waist and butt they sound like a good option. You could consider uploading your photos to the style forum so we can all have a look and give you more detailed advice.
I have several solid and patterned dresses that would work well for fall if I paired them with leggings. However, one colleague suggested that my dresses are too long fall just below the knee, since i am petite to wear with leggings.
Should I consider having the dresses hemmed to just above the knee? Yes dresses over pants and leggings usually look nicer when the dress is a bit shorter. That is usually how I wear the look check the what I wore section for lots of examples. For more ideas on how to dress the best when you are petite you can also check this article: Thank you so much for this write up on the leggings!
The entire sites subject is exactly what I was looking for! I turned 40 last March and I have been struggling with how to dress. I was especially leery of leggings at my age and your article has made me so much more comfortable to wear them. I guess I just felt like I was supposed to dress like my mom did when she was 40 but after reading your posts I realize I can still dress fashionably without dressing too young for my age.
They were like leggings but not the skinnies type. They did form fit to the leg but rather had a smooth vertical look and did not hug the knee. I would kill for a pair now. I had a great pair of black one when micro fiber first came out. Alas, they had a tear in them from being worn out and I have never been able to find another pair.
Does anyone know if they still exist? Soft Surroundings have some! Hopefully will see more soon, since I think they work great with boots! Thanks for great advice on leggings for the over 40ss etc. Was going to wear a jersey red dress — but thought this would be too dressed-up. A perfectly comfortable outfit. Thanks for providing the lowdown, and such great visuals of examples. Sounds like the perfect outfit for the occasion Carmen. Great to read that this article inspired you!
You can wear your leggings with summery jersey dresses. This is especially nice when you select a great print. Another option is to choose a cotton short dress in a light color, like this breezy white dress https: You can also consider getting some white leggings and combine with a long cotton blouse or short dress as seen here https: I think ballet flats can work really well with leggings as can some funky sandals.
You can definitely consider navy which is a bit softer than black and can look really great with lots of colors. Thank you for the wonderful suggestions! I thought it was a fashion faux pas to wear the black leggings with the lighter short dresses!
I like the outfits in your pics ……again, many many thanks!! I love the leggings and short dress look for both winter and summer. Is a dress over leggings still in vogue in your summer this year? Just found your blog via Pinterest — hooray!
A reasonable voice in a sea of extremes! I love leggings, and wear them all year, usually with a fingertip-length tunic. Sewing is a passion, and I use a lot of chiffon and velvets in my tops. Here in Texas, a tunic, leggings, and cowboy boots are typical. Again, thank you for the blog! Great to see you found your way to this website.
Lots of articles to explore! There is one on Texas as well where I was indeed wearing leggings! Leggings look utterly ridiculous on anyone over When worn right, they can look really good. My long time girl friend who was a buyer for Marshall Fields just got me onto leggings. I am in Florida and worn with a lovely summery top, look fantastic. My mother is 83, and looks wonderful in loose fitting leggings. In paisley and other very flattering prints, they look great.
Which is the comfort standard I always strive for. I like either way short or longer tops. Usually that would be a coat. But wear mine with moto jacket, fake fury vest and V-neck sweater as well like here… http: I have black leggings but when I wear them they are somewhat wrinkley looking or slightly bagging when getting up from sitting around knee area.
Totally agree with you Sylvia. Was just thinking the same thing. I keep coming back to this post because leggings can be so stylish and material mix can make a difference too. So love your advice here! Totally love my Adidas animal print grey leggings and have been wering them for 2 years now. Great for sightseeing in NYC see current post or everyday life. I just dont feel that comfortable wearing them the Chanel-style.
Love the pics here Silvia though. But not for me. Makes me feel hidden. Have a nice day! I have them in very many colors and designs … even in pastels yes ;-. I though do not like animal prints, except zebra, so this is not an issue for me. I had already started wearing skinny jeans and pants as soon as they made their comeback by , mostly with short dresses.
When it comes to shoes, to my opinion, everything goes but low sneakers which make me look as heading straight to the gym, though high sneakers are ok. Age is not a factor to affect your looks, if you carry off what you wear with confidence. Belief in yourself is the key to fashion in the slightly higher age bracket. I am in a wheelchair and age My legs are ugly and I have poor circulation so I have to wear support socks or hose. So I always wear pants.
My daughter is getting married in the fall and I have a off white vintage type tunic with a small gold embellishment between the breast she picked it out and plum color leggings. Should I keep the flats or try to find something in the leggings color to match. Any other suggestions would help. Thank you so much. Is it OK to belt a long tunic or dress? I love the cream leggings and outfits. Oh I so love that cream, sleeveless boat neck tunic with the asymmetric pleated hem.
Perhaps a legging might work better than thick tights with that cream dress of mine. But I have no money left. Yes, I love to wear leggings. I think this isy third time around. I wear them for casual and dressy. I also wear leggings over tights and under long johns in the winter. As well as having a successful career as an IT Architect. I wear leggings with my Vans tees and trainers all the time. If you are still toned and have the figure to get away with it then why not? I wear leggings with a sweater all the time, and sometimes with t shirts.
Sometimes it covers, sometimes not. Totally agree Karen, if you are fit and look good why not indeed. However I think the article is talking generally, Id bet the vast majority of over 40s 50s are not snowboarders or indeed i assume would look good in leggings and regular size tees.
I admire your fitness, I was a PT for over 20 years until fibromyalgia took a hold and now most days I can barely walk around the house, I still want to look good though lol but now comfort is a very close second.
This article was written to give women ideas to hide their big bellies, if they have one. This article is very helpful to women like me. Do you have any advice about wearing a Tulle midi skirt …I am 67 size 12 waist and would like to wear a black tulle skirt to a wedding….. The wedding is in Paris and is a black themed wedding. This is my humble opinion. Leggings are too rugged for a tulle skirt, especially to a formal wedding.
Secondly, if the wedding is in Paris, you need to be extremely confident about what you choose to wear. Parisian women have an effortless and elegant style. I say go for simplicity and put your effort toward a really good, elegant pair of shoes that will accentuate the skirt. I am short, and have short legs, so tunic tops make me look stubby. A good length is to shorten to the tips of your fingers with your arm extended at your side. Thank you for your tip, I am built like you lol and have terrible trouble buying clothes that fit and suit, I am 51 and 5ft and believe me every single lb shows up and is hard to loose.
I am going to invest in a sewing machine and get snipping x. All your advice seems to be for women who are short with apple or pear shapes. I suppose your advice would be to do the opposite to what you advise.
I love your advice though. I give advice to women of all shapes. There is a special article for tall women too at https: Help this is a great article.
I would like to wear them with shorter knit dresses, but my slips are too long. Any suggestions for preventing knit dresses from clinging to knits. Should I just wear tights and buy some shorter slips if I can find them. Why do you need a slip? Sometimes cling can be reduced by rubbing a fabric softener sheet onto the fabrics. Just use a good pair of sissors and cut the slip to the desired length.
A slip is just an extra layer and it should not bring any attention to itself. In cold climates, a snug undergarment is good for thermal layering. Target has a long camisole the length of a slip that is available in the maternity department.
This may be a solution for you. I like to wear leggings ,so im little short and how can I wearing shoes to ,if the leggings ower the ankle.?.
High heels is good or not.. I like to know from you.. Yes heels can work in a similar way as they are worn with skinnies. For lots more tips on what shoes to wear with what pants, see this article https: Okay, you advised that people with big calves not wear form fitting leggings. What should we wear? You cannot, and should not exclude us. What about the rest of us?
There are so many other options to wear. You could still wear skinny style pants but choose styles that skim the legs, not hug them. You may like to have a look at the body type guides in this section where I have written many articles for all kinds of body types.
I love your blog! Thank you for the tips with leggings. I forgot what I had been missing. I am just turned 71, as I remember I wore a lot of leggings in , when I was in college. In fact I still kept some of them until now.
Just last week, I tried them on and they fit! There are over articles here to inspire you Robert. However for the most constructive help and personal feedback I recommend my 21 steps course http: Can you tell me when it was written? I appreciate dates on either articles or comments. I love leggings and the assets shapewear ones in particular! But my only gripe with them, is that because of the fact that most womens behinds are larger than their thighs, the material over the bum stretches and allows the skin and panties to be more visible than liked!!
So in short, make the bum area denser material, but the leggings themselves should be worn as women see fit!!! A grat pair of leggings which I wear almost exclusively know is Spanx…Coverage is really good and they hold you in. You will want to choose tops that accentuate your slimmest pant. All wide is just going to make you look bigger so find tops that are a bit tailored in the waist. Empire tops can work too although it does not work for all apple women. I recommend visiting my article on the apple shape https: We like to style even as we age.
I am in total agreement with your advice on how to wear leggings. I am in my mid 60s, am a full figured woman and I am tall. I absolutely love my leggings and find it hard to wear regular slacks now. Anyway, I have a good friend who is in her late 60s who wears leggings all the time.
She pairs leggings with short, fitted tees, etc. I sure wish she would wake up! She needs to read your article. I found it so helpful. I have worn leggings since I was 6 years old. I feel comfortable and warm when I wear leggings. I wear leggings when I run and when I go to the pool. I feel happy and healthy when I wear leggings.
I have mixed feelings about leggings. I am petite and tops that just cover the butt or are asymmetrical look best. I need to show as much leg as possible. I rarely wear them outside the house except to exercise because they remind me of thick stockings, and I never wear them in our mhumid summers.
I prefer slim pants. I think leggings can be fantastic. If you wear it in the right way of course! I have to say, I have not fully taken advantage of a legging.
I have a pretty cream dress which is too short and I always wear it with green slim trousers and leopard pumps. A black legging could give me another option. Is it ok to wear colored leggings? I am 70, and would like to wear long tunics or short skirts to work, but in an age-appropriate way- i.
Absolutely, although I find that leggings look better when you go for one of the more neutral colors or if the color nicely blends in with your tunic. Comfy leggings lead to a longer life!
Hi — I love leggings with tunic type tops. Mine are bamboo fabric — so comfortable. I am 64 years old. If you wear them correctly they look fabulous Age should have. O bearing on them. I mean look at the less than stellar bodies as society calls them wearing them at a younger than us OLD ladies. I do not think many women who are not well proportioned, under a size 12 with naturally pretty legs can look elegant in tight pants.
As a former image consultant I hope women will avoid trends and wear clothing that creates a lovely silhouette, emphasizing their best features and disguising others. This is a silhouette difficult for most to wear. Concentrate on your body being fit and a beautiful line will be readily achievable with more but never unlimited options.
In my opinion, leggings are fine to wear as long as they are both loose and not see-through. I am overweight and wear leggings all the time, but I follow my own rules for looking decent. You can get them on Evine.
Hides my over 50 belly and Im very comfortable all day. The comments are helpful too. Love how you also talked about what shoes to wear, always a mystery to me. So pleased that it helped you. Yes, leggings can be tricky to wear, but they can also be really versatile, stylish and comfortable.
I like leggings with tunics or button down shirts depending on cut and length. I do not like leggings and regular dresses. They just look like dresses with knit stockings that I would wear in cool weather. The exception is the Asian style another poster mentioned above, they work much better.
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In addition to ballet styles, other flat dress shoes such as pointy-toed, slingback, open-toed, and smoking flats (like those pictured here) generally work well with leggings. Remember, though: Low-cut styles . Pumps are the ultimate sexy shoes to wear with leggings. In fact, pumps and leggings are one of the sexiest outfit combinations you can find! Together, they are . Sneakers will always be the number one shoe style everyone thinks to wear with leggings, and we agree that leggings plus sneakers is an athleisure match made in heaven. But if you want to wear leggings and not look like you're headed to the gym, it's all in the footwear.