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The Modern Way To Wear Leggings After 50

The Modern Way To Wear Leggings After 50

Our world has changed dramatically in the last year and the way we dress has changed with it. More and more women are working from home which means their wardrobe needs have changed. You may need to dress professionally from the waist up for Zoom or Skype calls but you still want to be comfy and can include leggings. How to wear leggings after fifty has been an extremely popular post so I’m updating it with some new ideas and fresh resources to find great leggings.

Leggings are hugely popular and one of the easiest garments to get wrong. We’ve been reaching for leggings since they became streetwear in the 70 and ’80s. They now have style details and shapes that resemble pants, so they don’t all look like workout gear.

Are they still in style? You bet. Can I wear them and still look polished? Absolutely! Can any woman wear leggings? Yes!

Here are some ideas and tips to keep in mind to get the look you want. Let’s start with the most important feature of leggings…the fabric.

Fabric

This is critical because leggings are not the same as footless tights! I’ve seen too many women traversing the airport wearing footless tights as leggings which shows the world way too much. The fabric of leggings needs to be thick, 100% opaque (not see-through), and very stretchy. They should closer to stretch pants than tights. Here are some great fabrics for leggings:

On the subject of faux leather leggings, they’re no different than other spandex leggings and they do breathe and the best fit doesn’t feel or look like a sausage casing.

Jennifer from A Well Styled Life styling how to wear leggings after fifty

All of these fabrics need a high spandex or Lycra content so they spring back in the knees and seat, Fabrics with a four-way stretch fit the best and have the best recovery. Darker colors are more slimming and dressy. Patterns are tricky so choose the smallest ones in subtle colors.

Faux Suede leggings have long been a favorite of mine. They give a softer look that faux leather and feel more relaxed. Here are some great options.

Fit

Leggings are meant to be snug but if they feel like a sausage casing, go up one size. You won’t sacrifice the style and they will be more comfortable. Choose high rise leggings with a wide, no-roll waistband. There’s nothing worse than sitting down and feeling your waistband roll down under your tummy.

tunic jacket over leggings on Jennifer Connolly

Tops To Wear Over Leggings

It doesn’t matter how shapely and fit you are, leggings require a top that covers your crotch and backside. Full stop here ladies. This is critical. Even the heaviest weight leggings look best worn with a top that’s long enough to cover your lady parts.

Leggings look great worn with:

  • tunic sweaters
  • long line blazers
  • tunic-length shirts
  • thigh-length blouses

Choose tunics with some shaping through the torso. You don’t want tight, but too boxy is just as unflattering. You’re going for length, not width and bulk. Side slits in tunics and blouses are great for elongating your legs and helping to balance the proportion. Try a knee-length cardigan worn open over a fingertip length blouse. Unbutton lower buttons of longer jackets to show some leg. Beware of extra bulky sweaters which can make your legs look like stick figures and your torso look huge by comparison. Proportion is key here.

Also see Playing With Proportion

over 50 fashion blogger showing how to wear leggings after fifty

Footwear To Wear With Leggings

So what do you wear on your feet? Knee or riding boots are a classic combination. Choose boots in a color similar to the leggings to create a long lean line. Ballet flats are another classic look, think Audrey Hepburn. Low heeled pumps or sandals look great with leggings but beware of the stiletto which is hard to get right and can easily lean toward trashy. Booties are perfect with leggings.

See also How To Wear Ankle Boots Over 50

What’s your favorite way to wear leggings?

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103 Comments

  1. cindy
    September 15, 2020 / 1:00 am

    This was a great post. I wear leggings all the time but only with tops that cover the bum. I totally agree about the weight. They need to be thick at my age unless I am wearing a long tunic.

  2. Robyn
    September 13, 2020 / 2:27 pm

    I wear leggings at home but rarely out. You styled them beautifully. Unless I get the portions correct I often feel I look like an apple with legs when I wear leggings and skinny jeans. At home yes, out no. I prefer straight jeans and corduroys, or trouser pants.

  3. Anna mcfarland
    September 12, 2020 / 5:44 pm

    I do not like leggings. I live in my jeggings but they are not as tight or revealing as leggings. The thicker fabric helps. Leggings do not feel polished enough or warm enough for me. I prefer my jeans.

  4. Canadian Elizabeth
    September 12, 2020 / 7:54 am

    A big THANK YOU for all of this excellent advice, Jennifer!
    Just a thought, I like to show a bit of ankle when wearing leggings because it seems to give a modern take on things and not look frumpy. What do you think?

  5. Deanne
    September 12, 2020 / 5:26 am

    I have a drawer full of leggings purchased for my barre classes. I normally would not wear them at other times but during the pandemic I have started wearing them as a comfortable outfit at home, especially with some type of longer tee and then a longer cardigan as the third piece. very comfortable and warm too. I love Zella leggings from Nordstrom and added a couple pair of Everlane last winter that I like a lot.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      September 12, 2020 / 7:46 am

      I’ve been borrowing my daughters Zella leggings and love them. So soft:)

  6. Kay
    September 11, 2020 / 2:21 pm

    I have never cared for leggings on me, so I don’t wear them. They are also very uncomfortable in really hot weather. However, anyone who does like them should go for it whether they look good or not. Wear what makes you happy.

  7. Dianne
    September 11, 2020 / 1:51 pm

    I love this blog post, such a great job of describing the leggings and tops. Thank you for posting this especially for women that are in their 60’s and older. People like to tell us what to wear when we get older, such as underwear and clothes. I do not want to wear frumpy underwear or frumpy clothes or shoes.

    • Janet
      September 11, 2020 / 6:26 pm

      Yay leggings done right!

      When you sit in front of a computer for 10-12 hours a day (going on 7 months) you want comfort and these fit the bill! 💜

  8. Norma G
    September 11, 2020 / 1:06 pm

    Love this post and all the comments! There is such a big difference in the fabric weight and stretch of leggings. I love leggings for wearing around the house, they are so comfortable! Most of my leggings are heavier weight knit slim pants, fitting like leggings, but have more substance…not like typical “workout”leggings. I always wear a top that covers the crotch area and my butt and often add a longer cardigan, vest or kimono, depending on the weather, just in case my rear end is not completely covered. Tunic tops and shorter dresses also work well for me with leggings.
    I often see young and old putting everything they have on display and that just looks tacky and trashy. Age is just a number and we should all be able what makes us feel good. Looking like you don’t care or have no self respect is not good at any age.
    My next purchase just might be faux leather or faux suede leggings. I already have some faux velvet leggings that I love.

  9. Donna
    September 11, 2020 / 10:34 am

    I’ve tended to “collect” leggings and not wear them, even though I love the look! Tried wearing them just at home, but even with fleece lining, I still get too cold ( possibly the temp my hubby sets the thermostat at!)

    What are your thoughts of wearing 7/8 or capri length with either short or longish skirts? Short dresses? Long dresses? Thinking boho-ish.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      September 11, 2020 / 11:34 pm

      I think it’s a very cute look! My legs are short so I have to be careful with the proportion

  10. diane
    September 11, 2020 / 9:08 am

    I welcome your style tips – so valuable to me, as an “active 80” who simply wants to look my best without looking as though I’m imitating my granddaughter!!!!!

    So special thanks for the information of weight and colors, and how to style the rest of the ensemble.

    On this day, let us remember the lives and families of 9/11 and blanket them in God’s love.

  11. Anne
    September 11, 2020 / 8:44 am

    I wish people under the age of 50 would read your blog. I find the younger generation wear short t-shirts with their leggings! It looks horrible!

    Leggings are great and cheaper than most dress pants or jeans.

  12. Barbara K.
    September 11, 2020 / 7:34 am

    I have just started wearing leggings in the last 6 months or so. It seems that longer tunic-style tops are everywhere right now, so it’s easier to put together a nice outfit. My favorite place to buy leggings is the catalogue NorthStyle. The leggings fit me so well – not too tight around the waist (which is where I carry extra weight, darn it!) and not too tight around the bum and thighs. Comfy without looking sloppy. I bought crop length for the summer and just put in another order of ankle length for the winter. I love them!

  13. Linda Henderson
    September 11, 2020 / 7:25 am

    Still laughing about “sausage casing!” And the dark blue (sapphire?) wrap is great on you.

  14. Francesca B.
    September 11, 2020 / 7:23 am

    Thanks Jennifer for the post very timely as I wore my first pair of leggings yesterday from Old Navy with a long plaid shirt and loved the look! I did buy a pair of faux suede leggiings in the NSALE but they had a zipper right at the back and it did not have a hook and eye and it would just run…jikes… so they went back.
    Hope you and yours are ok with the fires.

  15. Adrienne
    September 11, 2020 / 7:21 am

    I read some of the other comments. Some women feel they can’t wear certain things because they are “wider than they are tall”. It is all about proportion. I am only 5’6″. Sometimes I see a big difference even 1/2″ makes for a top or a pair of pants. Lucky for me, I can sew. My advice is to have a full-length mirror at home and see if raising or lowering a hem makes an outfit look better. If you can’t sew, you probably know someone who does.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      September 11, 2020 / 7:36 am

      You’re right! A tiny change can make a huge difference.

  16. MRSBEN2
    September 11, 2020 / 7:08 am

    Great advice, Jennifer! For years, leggings have been my go-to choice for indoor winter wear around the house as find them comfortable however do wear them on occasion for street wear as appreciate their versatility in options of footwear that can be worn with them during our Fall and Winter seasons. i.e.: Can even look great with a pair of chunky socks with a rolled down cuff and hiking or combat boots …. ☺. (I live in Canada.) Favourite brand is Hue and particularly favour their faux suede, though they do have some wonderful patterns ‘n textures to choose from as well.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      September 11, 2020 / 7:34 am

      I’ll have to keep an eye out for their faux suede ones. I love that look.

    • MRSBEN2
      September 11, 2020 / 7:53 am

      Footnote: Forgot to add; due to their styling when temperatures drop they also can be successfully topped off with a layer of knitted (footless or stirrup) leg warmers which will not only add extra warmth BUT also add some character to otherwise plain ones. Also if wearing a tall boot; knitted boot-cuffs can be a great addition a well for a different look.

  17. beth byrd
    September 11, 2020 / 6:54 am

    Great tips, Jennifer.

    I enjoy leggings, but I have a long torso and shorter legs so I have to be careful that the tops I wear over them are not too long. I like to wear leggings with a tunic and cropped jacket to keep the look proportioned. I also enjoy wearing them with boots or booties.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      September 11, 2020 / 7:33 am

      Some tunics look like dresses on me so I have to be careful too.

  18. Paulette Levy
    September 11, 2020 / 6:23 am

    I too just love my leggings-/ponte knit and high waist as well as my denim pair. They are comfortable and flattering and what I love is that they can be dressed up or dressed down.
    I do occasionally see women with shorter tops and do cringe . We all need longer slimming tips with these! You are so right!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      September 11, 2020 / 7:28 am

      Ponte knit is a favorite of mine too. So comfy and more pant-like.

  19. Diane
    September 11, 2020 / 6:11 am

    Thank you so much for this much needed reminder!!!

  20. Noelle
    September 11, 2020 / 5:59 am

    I’ll be glad to see the end of skinny pants and long tops, which have been around so long. To my eye the combination makes legs look very short and skinny. I prefer straight leg pants and a top that doesn’t quite cover the crotch. I think this look elongates legs and is more elegant.

    • Sharon Satterfield
      September 11, 2020 / 10:39 am

      Noelle,

      I totally agree with your assessment on skinny pants and long tops. I too prefer straight leg pants and shorter tops. I thought the skinny look was on its way out however I’m fairly conservative.

    • Olga
      September 11, 2020 / 11:38 am

      I find that the elegance is in the fabric and accessories. I am petite (4’11”) and find that the leggings and tunic (correctly proportioned, of course) make me look taller.

  21. Diane B
    September 11, 2020 / 5:48 am

    Jennifer, you can never say this too many times, cover your bits! I know some would like the world to know they have been working out and are fit, but really do we need to see all the area. By the way, as in the pictures above, you look gorgeous in the soft white, and blues. I cannot imagine you in a peach lipstick let alone all warm tones…..just me of course. Have a good weekend.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      September 11, 2020 / 7:26 am

      You have a great weekend too!

  22. Eileen
    September 11, 2020 / 5:31 am

    Pear shape here, I wear exercise leggings because I work in a gym. I don’t wear leggings , mostly dresses and occasionally jeans, when done with work. I appreciate my exercise wear, but need a break from it also.

  23. Linda V
    September 11, 2020 / 4:57 am

    I only wear leggings in Winter because I live in Florida. I have some fantastic fake suede ones from Calvin Klein that I just love! I bought them two years ago but they did have the same style last year, so look around for them. They are heavy so best for cold weather. It is a definite must that you wear a longer top with these! I am not skinny so covering the belly area is crucial!!! I do have a pair of regular (not compression) leggings from Soma which are very comfortable. I like leggings because of my shape regular pants are too wide in the legs after having to fit my hips. I did try Spanx faux leather leggings and they were just too tight and not my style. I did not feel that they looked like leather at all.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      September 11, 2020 / 7:25 am

      The Spanx ones are very popular but they’re not my look either. I prefer mine a bit looser

  24. Sandy
    July 12, 2020 / 10:05 am

    I have never worn leggings, afraid my heavy thighs would look too bad! I am going To try them after reading these comments. I have a dress I haven’t worn yet (which I love) because it is above my knee which has scar from knee replacement.

  25. calgirl
    June 17, 2020 / 11:14 pm

    I love the *idea* of leggings or jeggings…..but, I am a petite, with short legs & “cankles”…no ankles. Showing off the worst part of my body with clinging stretch fabric is a nightmare scenario for me. And, wearing “booties” (to “hide” my cankle problem) at my height is another downer….makes me look like I’m walking around in shoe boxes. Some of us just have to recognize that fads and fashion do not pander to us, and have to find our own way….like back to softer, flowing materials and designs that flatter everyone…….

    • Lee
      August 6, 2020 / 8:53 pm

      Oh I can relate to not being able to wear them.
      The candle thing is another issue altogether. Best thing is getting tan on these legs in summer, it does help.

  26. Nadine
    June 16, 2020 / 4:49 pm

    Does anyone have recommendations for plus size leggings that aren’t see through and sit well around the tummy area? Sizing of 22 upward.

    • Annie
      June 28, 2020 / 9:07 am

      I just ordered some plus size leggings from shapermint and they are wonderful! Get the empetua high waist style.

  27. Carol
    May 15, 2020 / 4:12 am

    I love this look!! I live in a senior community & am known as a stylish Diva, I volunteer at many of ours parties, always coming up new outfits for each. I always wear my leggings with Superga Italian sneakers. I have 38 pair. There so stylish. At 71 I have foot problems & need to wear custom orthotics. Superga’s allow me to do that & be comfortable & classy all day. Anyone can pull this look off with the right Tunis top. You go girls!!!
    My favorite legging is Hue & Lysse. I carry all my weight in my tummy & these don’t cut in.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 15, 2020 / 6:57 am

      Bravo!! I’ve never tried Superga but will need to now!

  28. Sandi
    May 12, 2020 / 9:11 am

    Should this not apply to all women who wear leggings? Not just women over 50. I’m 52, fit, and look better in my choice of clothing than some 20 year olds. Just cause you are over 50 does not mean you’re frumpy.

      • Barbara
        June 12, 2020 / 8:18 am

        I agree I am 56 and I wear clothes that’s in style regardless of my age . Don’t allow your age to dictate your fashion too much a. If so we would like a bunch of frumpy ladies

  29. Donna
    April 14, 2020 / 10:47 am

    Life is short. Forget all the rules. People going to judge no matter what. Wear what makes YOU happy! 😁❤

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 14, 2020 / 2:18 pm

      As the saying goes, “people will stare so make it worth their while”. Just enjoy yourself.

  30. Katrina Burns
    April 14, 2020 / 5:15 am

    I love Lysse leggings. Yes the top should be longer.

  31. Patti
    April 2, 2020 / 5:06 pm

    I love to wear dresses over leggings…I can’t agree more with the advice to cover the crotch and the backside – nothing is worse than someone wearing them with a regular shirt…kinda takes away the observer’s will to live! I’ve lately become fascinated with Old Navy’s Dresses, especially when they put them on sale for $10….I’ve also been pleased with the look of some J Jill dresses. I wore them with boots in the winter; as the weather warms up it’ll more likely be a slip on sneaker or a ballet flat.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 3, 2020 / 1:46 pm

      LOL, it really does:) I’m checking out more dresses than ever so I will have a peek.

  32. GLENDA
    April 2, 2020 / 12:52 pm

    My favorite way to wear leggings is: in da house. 🙂 But IF I wear them outside the house I wear a dress over them. Thank you for your common sense and modest approach to this article regarding a somewhat touchy subject! There are women who need to know! 🙂

  33. Paulette Levy
    April 2, 2020 / 10:09 am

    I too love my pointe knit leggings (in summer time I Reach for my Jill cotton knit leggings in navy white and black). Lighter weight.

    I wear tops similar to yours, long white shirts with interesting cuts and accents, tunics, longish flowy tops too!

  34. Terrylee
    March 9, 2020 / 3:15 pm

    I love the blue knee length cardigan, can you tell me where you found it?

  35. Michelle
    February 19, 2020 / 1:09 pm

    I wear leggings with slip on sneakers or vans but they are kind of dressy sneakers.

  36. Alice
    January 11, 2020 / 10:54 am

    Wear what you want, regardless of age, as long as you wear it with style and confidence. Please take a look in a full-length mirror before leaving home, though. The admonition to wear a top that covers your crotch and buttocks is an excellent rule of thumb.
    I’m 73, not overweight, in good physical condition (I work hard to maintain that), and I wear leggings frequently. However, I buy my leggings a couple sizes larger than my regular pants to allow ease in fit – slightly fitted but not tight.

    • Liz Hawthorn
      May 11, 2020 / 12:11 am

      My sister says we need Mirror Police when we see someone who has just dressed, left the house and not bothered to look in the mirror, especially at the back!

  37. Maleah
    November 23, 2019 / 4:07 pm

    I have a chronic illness and some days leggings and a T-shirt are all I can manage.

    • November 23, 2019 / 5:33 pm

      I’m so sorry! Wear what feels best to you.

  38. Ana
    November 15, 2019 / 8:58 am

    Hi Jennifer
    Thanks for this post. Has anyone else tried compression leggings? They are fantastic for reducing any inflammation from sports injuries and to control pesky spider veins. Young men at the gym wear compression tights or socks to improve circulation. I wear black compression leggings, everywhere, with slip on sneakers, combat boots or sandals. And I’m always struggling to find “appropriate “ tops, as you described so well. Why don’t bloggers discuss the benefits of compression leggings?

    • November 15, 2019 / 12:51 pm

      I haven’t tried compression leggings so I guess that’s why bloggers don’t talk about it. What’s your favorite brand?

      • Ana
        November 15, 2019 / 4:51 pm

        I have Sigvaris leggings and knee highs. 15-20mmHg, refers to the amount of compression. There’s a lot being written about the health benefits of compression, including for air travel. And the leggings fit right into a wardrobe! Now if I could find some good sources for tunics that check all the boxes as you described!

    • Linda V
      September 11, 2020 / 4:53 am

      I tried the pair from Soma and they were so tight that I felt I was wearing a girdle. Remember those? I had to return. They held me in but were just too uncomfortable.

  39. Susan R
    November 14, 2019 / 4:44 am

    I have never worn leggings. At under 5 feet, with thick lower legs and big knees , they emphasize my worst parts. And wearing any top that’s long makes me look even shorter. Sigh. I wear slim jeans hemmed as long as possible with heeled booties in the winter and heeled sandals in the summer. I’m sorry, but seeing women wear skinny jeans or leggings when their legs are big is just sad. There are so many better options.

  40. Mary
    November 13, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    I love leggings and skinny jeans on everyone else, but struggle to find any to fit me that don’t feel like sausage casings. Apparently, my hips should be bigger to match my legs and upper body. So leggings that fit my legs won’t stay up in the waist. And too many jeans labeled as skinny have ankles to wide for booties. But I’m still trying because I feel frumpy in anything else.

  41. November 13, 2019 / 7:11 pm

    Very well said, Jennifer, especially regarding the length of tops worn over leggings! Yours is good advice for women of all ages, not just those of us who are over 50. After all, leggings are not pants!

  42. Mary
    November 13, 2019 / 5:51 pm

    This is a great post. I wear leggings with a dress that hits above the knee and boots. I feel fashionable and my outfit looks age appropriate …75. It is very cold here in the winter and so I prefer to wear slacks for warmth. But I look forward to spring to wear a tunic.

  43. jmp
    November 13, 2019 / 3:45 pm

    So helpful! Thanks

  44. Janet D.
    November 13, 2019 / 2:02 pm

    Thank you SO much for this, Jennifer! I am SO bored with people telling us older women we “shouldn’t” wear leggings past a certain age because [stupid ageist reasons]. I hated being told what to wear or do when I was a kid; now I’m in my 60s I still hate it (of course I rarely listened then & still don’t. LOL!). I keep myself in good shape (inside & out) & wear leggings probably half the time (jeans the other half), but am adamant about keeping my lady bits under cover of flowy tunics, long loose-fitting knit tops, sleeveless tops under open shirts, long tops under longer vests. Decades of yoga have kept my butt taut & up where it ought to be & while I’ll show it off in jeans & a short moto jacket on occasion, when it’s upholstered in any knit, I (& I’m sure anyone walking behind me) prefer it hinted at but not seen 🙂 Heeled sandals in summer, boots/booties in cooler weather. Lots of big jewelry because that’s my “look”. So, seriously — thanks for encouraging us all to step out of the shadows of centuries of restrictive “shoulds” & into the freedom to strut (albeit tastefully).

  45. Kathy
    November 13, 2019 / 1:38 pm

    I wear tights or leggings for exercise or yoga. I wear a dress I had made in Vietnam with leggings. However, I have never embraced leggings for everyday wear. I wear skinny jeans, slim pants, skirts, or dresses. I see a lot of women who look nice in leggings but on the other side of the spectrum I see women who should wear more structured garments.

    • Sharon
      November 13, 2019 / 2:20 pm

      I feel comfortable wearing leggings to the gym as well. I’ve thought of the dress over leggings idea however it looks like “trying too hard“ – when there are so many other options.

  46. Sharon
    November 13, 2019 / 12:48 pm

    Apparently I haven’t yet accepted the idea of leggings over 50. I’ve toyed with the idea but need to wear what I feel comfortable wearing. I prefer the straight leg pants look especially by Eileen Fisher.

    • Kathy
      November 13, 2019 / 1:40 pm

      I agree. I like leggings for the gym or yoga.

    • MP
      September 11, 2020 / 4:48 am

      Yes. I tried to like leggings. I bought 1 pair at the urging of friends. They never saw the outside world — donated. I will stick with straight and boot cut jeans. Whatever makes YOU comfortable…Happy Friday!!

  47. Dawn
    November 13, 2019 / 12:38 pm

    Great post, Jennifer. I agree with everything….I see many young people with too tight leggings and short tops. It’s not a pretty sight! I generally wear mine with long tops and knee high riding boots. It’s a classy look, warm too here in Colorado.

  48. Anon
    November 13, 2019 / 11:48 am

    Just the other day, I had pair of tights that rolled down, and kept rolling themselves down. Horrid things. Today I headed out in search of new tights, so thanks for the smile. Trusted brand names are no longer an assurance of quality.

    • Maureen
      April 4, 2020 / 3:10 pm

      I am 66 yrs old.I never wore tights.I have always been over weight and have been prone to wear my clothes a bit baggie.I have lost 75 pounds.Yes wonderful but now I really need something to hold all of me .So I ordered leggings from Amazon.2 pairs for only $21.00!I thought they would be thin .To my surprise they are wonderful.I love,love ,love my legging,stretch pants whatever you wan’t to call them.They come in reg size,plus size,and extra plus size.
      I have only wore them in the house ,I need to find some longer tops I am still a plus size 20.I have to say they do not roll down,and they are thick.I bought high top so they generously cover my stomach without rolling down or cutting in my stomach.
      My adult children said they loved them on me and my 13 yr.old beautiful granddaughter who is my biggest critic gave me 2 thumbs up…

  49. Karen H.
    November 13, 2019 / 11:07 am

    One of your best posts Jennifer! I totally agree with all your tips. Leggings are wonderfully cosy in the winter months.. I love them with sweaters, but finding the right sweater can be challenging as many this season are very bulky. Thanks for the tips.

  50. November 13, 2019 / 11:01 am

    Agree with most of the comments. Airports and public events can be a hoot! As I mature, I try not to wear items that are too tight,it just emphasizes what should not be in your face.So I think the size,etc is very important.to me, skimpy clothes on an older body are just tacky!. I am easing into this very slowly. Comfy,not revealing.Opaque tights are just slightly thicker than stockings and should not be worn as legging. Even my hairdresser complains about this item of women’s clothing.(and he has a lot of attractive women working for him!)

  51. November 13, 2019 / 10:08 am

    Love this post! I wear Hue leggings all the time. They are the most comfortable and they stay up.
    I am in my 80’s but still young looking. I make sure that I wear tops that cover my bottom.
    Here in Canada you really need to wear leggings in the winter.
    Look forward to your posts each day Jennifer.
    ,

    • Janet
      April 2, 2020 / 4:27 pm

      I can so relate to leggings in a Canadian winter! Not sure when you will see my bare legs again!

  52. brenda
    November 13, 2019 / 10:08 am

    Good info. I chuckled at you description to cover “crotch and backside”. It is sooooooo true. Airports can be a horror show. LOL Thank you.

  53. Rita
    November 13, 2019 / 10:01 am

    Love leggings and wear them year round here in Austin. Prefer a tunic or T with an unbuttoned long sleeve shirt over it. Boots and ballet shoes look classy and I often wear with my Birkenstock’s, in appropriate weather,due to feet issues! Great post Jennifer!

  54. November 13, 2019 / 9:53 am

    LOVE leggings, always worn with the length top you describe. I’d consider “covering the lady parts” a valid style suggestion for ANY age! Just got a new pair of black velvet leggings in the mail today to wear with an emerald green finely pleated tunic top (sold as a dress at Zara, but it’s a tunic for my 6 ft frame!) for our upcoming New Year’s Jazz in Italy trip.

  55. Diane
    November 13, 2019 / 9:21 am

    I have never worn any kind of leggings because I have heavy legs and ankles. I tend to wear straight leg pants, but I look around at everyone else and I’m wondering if these wider legged pants make me look hopelessly out of fashion. I think the best fabric for me would be the ponte, but I think I already know how it will look. What’s a girl to do?

  56. Kate
    November 13, 2019 / 9:08 am

    This is a trend I wish would disappear unless worn only in winter under a dress for warmth. Too many women get the look wrong, and oversized tops just make us look larger than we actually are.

  57. Debbie Davis
    November 13, 2019 / 9:07 am

    Love leggings and great tips- thanks! BTW – your hair is looking fabulous lately!!

  58. Laurel
    November 13, 2019 / 7:20 am

    Great advice! I live in leggings in the cooler seasons, and even have some with fleece linings for the coldest weather – which unfortunately were dragged out this week in the Midwest. I loved those Chicos denim leggings on you and ordered them myself. They’re sooo comfortable and look nice, too. Tempted to try a velvet pair for the holidays!

    • November 13, 2019 / 7:41 am

      Fleece-lined would be so fabulous! Cozy and comfy.

  59. November 13, 2019 / 7:10 am

    I usually wear leggings with a long sweater or a long blouse, almost always with riding boots. Thanks for the great tips!

    • November 13, 2019 / 7:40 am

      I love them that way too

  60. Charlene
    November 13, 2019 / 6:03 am

    I’ve never been good at “dressing” myself, but am trying to learn and your blog is a first step! Unfortunately I’m still confused about leggings versus tights. Other than the thickness, I don’t understand when/how to wear one over the other.

    • November 13, 2019 / 7:35 am

      Leggings should clearly be labeled as such in the name. Tights are thinner fabric, and more closely resemble opaque tights.

    • MRSBEN2
      September 11, 2020 / 6:30 am

      @Charlene & Jennifer: I distinguish the two by referring tights similar to that of pantyhose as also include a foot but are generally opaque as thicker in fabric plus may also include a subtle pattern or texture and come in a range of colours. Whereas leggings can come in various fabrics, weight, colours, patterns and lengths plus can be worn with or without a sock. With that said; that’s my personal take on the two …. ☺.

  61. Susan Gowan
    November 13, 2019 / 5:22 am

    I wear leggings often and paired with a tunic or dress and a flowy longer sweater or cape. They make me feel stylish and I agree there are many that need advice about leggings’ fabrics and shape. Thanks for this, Jenn!

    • November 13, 2019 / 7:39 am

      My pleasure Susan. I have a cape on my wish list this winter 🙂

  62. Michele
    November 13, 2019 / 5:06 am

    I only wear leggings/jeggings in the winter with knee high boots. We currently have snow on the ground and the temperature is in the teens. No bare ankles for me. Long tunic sweaters are my choice to wear with the bottoms.

    • November 13, 2019 / 7:37 am

      I love the look of leggings tucked into knee-high boots.

  63. November 13, 2019 / 4:10 am

    With a tunic length top that does definitely cover all those parts you mention!

  64. sheryl
    November 13, 2019 / 3:35 am

    well said! my chosen method is flowy long blouses or tunics….with ballet flats, with the usual assistance from Soma and Spanx…

    • November 13, 2019 / 7:36 am

      I love how you put that Sheryl

    • November 13, 2019 / 4:20 pm

      I’m hopefully not hurting anyone’s feelings here but have you seen the you tube video Leggings Aren’t Pants. It’s hilarious. That being said, after that I just can’t bring myself to wear them. I am a 62 year old mother of 8, grandmother of 15 and great grandmother of 2. I am not over weight and I love the way they look on other mature women but they just feel too breezy for me. Maybe after reading this I will gutsy up and give them a try. Love your blog and all of the posts.

      • Connie
        March 12, 2020 / 10:37 pm

        I saw that video. It is hilarious, but I ended up ignoring it. I’m 76 and wear leggings and tunics all the time. I hope they never go out of style. Try them again.

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