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This neutral outfit shows you can still wear white for fall and winter. A long tunic is always a good option with leggings, for an outfit that is both very comfortable, and very stylish. Stella Carakasi plaid tunic — Boden silver bag — Steve Madden silver booties — Liverpool jeggings — Gorjana hoop earrings.

If you have dresses in your closet that you no longer wear because you think they are too short, before you decide to donate them, you could take a look at how they look with leggings. They could actually look great worn as a long tunic.

Here are a few more outfits to give you some inspiration for wearing leggings during fall and winter. If you are heading into spring and summer, or going on vacation, then here is some inspiration for you. Here is how I wore black and white leggings on a recent holiday. Black tunic over capri leggings. I especially love asymmetric tunics and tops as they create an interesting silhouette and lengthen you through additional vertical lines.

Here are some more examples of women wearing asymmetrical tops and tunics over leggings. You can always find a great selection of tunics at Eileen Fisher and Stella Carakasi. In winter, layer these looks with sweaters and cardigans. You can never go wrong with full-length leggings. These elongate and will make your legs appear longer. Ankle-high leggings can also look sexy especially with heels or booties.

If you are short though, mid-calf and short leggings should be worn with caution as they will make you look smaller. Not too thin and very stretchy and comfortable. They are also great for tucking in your tummy.

As you may have seen from the images above, it is great to wear a shoe in the same color as your leggings as it elongates your legs even further. Tall flat boots can work really well with leggings, but short booties and ballet flats can work equally good.

For more info on what kind of shoes to wear with what pants check out this article. Depending on the kind of jeggings and skinny jeans, your tops can be shorter for these pants although they will also look good with longer tops.

They can be a great asset for any wardrobe of women over Skinny jeans are usually a bit thicker and roomier so can be worn with shorter tops. Be sure to wear the right underwear though, so there is no clear VPL visible panty line. Featured below are myself and Greetje. This concludes my guide on how to wear leggings. I may add to this guide later as I discover new tips on how to wear them best, or have new photos to illustrate. If you want to make sure, you never miss an article and to get the best tips straight into your inbox as well as a free guide on how to find your style, be sure to subscribe to the weekly newsletter.

I hope you got some more clarity on how to wear leggings! What do you think? Do you like wearing leggings and how do you usually wear them? Thanks for your feedback. Otherwise, I agree with you! I think when worn as you have noted, Syliva, with more generously long tops, they highlight the part of the leg that very rarely changes in size or shape as we age the knee to the ankle.

Thanks for all of the great inspiration above. I love all the pics and I am actually surprised to find that I like the very top pics that feature the dresses with cream leggings — very chic! I have a pair of black ones and a pair of brown ones. They are really heavy knit — hold their shape never bag at the knee or in back no matter how many hours I wear them and are very warm.

I like them to come to the top of my foot and I wear them with boots — ankle, to the knee, or over the knee. I would never want any skin to show between a shoe and a legging. I do not wear them when it gets warm. I also have 2 pair of denim leggings and I love those most of all but I apply the same rule as knit leggings. They look good with a more casual top. This way, even if the boots are short, I get a longer leg line. You definitely need to make sure that the leggings are thick enough to cover you legs and as you say, hold their shape.

Anja always looks wonderful! I appreciate her contributions to your blog. Mine are too heavy to wear with anything but boots. They just tend to not wear certain colors after a certain age. Also, they are feminine. I have yet to have anyone tell me I look horrid in one of my Salwar Kameez outfits.

But, I have had someone tell me I look horrible in western clothing. Hence, I still am a bit blundered as to why we in European countries and the USA always have such a calamity with our styles. Well, it looks cute on little girls, but once you hit about 13 the look should be avoided. The leggings as pants look is very popular in LA at the moment and lots and lots of women are looking really terrible as a result.

At one point I was also very against skinny jeans, but now that I have a pair I really love them. They give a lot more support than leggings and I think can look good with a regular top. I do like skinny jeans as I wore them above with a large jumper or similar. They are just too hot for Singapore! Some like to cover their skin and many like to flaunt it. Leggings are a hit and it is flattering to be in style. I would do the same for skinny jeans and not buy them too tight. Sounds like you look very stylish with leggings and skinny jeans indeed!

Very nice guide on how to where leggings. I too love wearing leggings and tight jeans especially right now with the colder weather. I pair it with short dresses, sweater dresses or long cardigans. Knee-high boots for sure. Thanks and welcome to 40plusstyle! Yes, they are great in cold weather. I know you are an expert at wearing them. It would be nice to feature some of your outfits in this post. This are a piece of clothing leggings,jeggings that I have not tried that much yet.

I have two skinny jeans and so liking it but still I am not really that confident. It shows some of those not good looking flabs, lol. So now I have to re-design my style especially if I am wearing skinny tights. Yes I know that feeling. I am a 70 year old women size 8 and still love fashion. I love dresses but have bad viens on my legs, so I wear pants or maxi dresses.

Would it be ok to wear a slightly shorter dress lenght with leggins or would I look ridiculous! I think that would be totally ok and can look very chic! Wear with a nice tunic or dress. You could combine with ankle booties or shoes with a 2. Thanks for your questions Valerie. Feel free to put images from you style up on the style forum. That is also a good place to ask more questions so I and others can help you. Hello, I am wondering if it is ok to wear a tunic dress with brown leggings and brown clark knee high boots in May?

I am going to a wedding rehearsal May 4th in California for my niece. But I am from the Seattle area. We wear boots here a bit longer in the spring because weather is cooler. I am 49 and the outfit is very age appropriate and have gotten complements on it. Thank you for your help. Hi Liz, I think that you can wear boots in cooler weather all the time. But then you are saying that it is a wedding rehearsal so that should probably be fine.

For the real wedding I would try to wear dressier shoes and I would stay away from leggings too. Thank you Sylvia for your response. As it turned out it was fairly warm so I wore sandals with the outfit and it looked just fine. Yes I agree about legging and weddings. I wore a flowery, flowing spring colored dress and some black ankle strap sandals. I found out that boots are often wore almost year around there in Long Beach area.

Thanks you again for your input. I am 70 and tried on leggings today. They are so comfortable! I have a calf length winter coat. Thought my short boots looked funny, so bought long boots. Thanks for the great advice. Yes, longer cardigans and tunics are definitely the way to go with leggings.

Hope you find something nice and I hope you can share your looks with us on the style forum! I am 62 and I got a pair of leggings from a friend for my birthday. She said I should wear them to my yoga classes but I am concerned about wearing them out in public at my age. I love how comfy they are but the material is not much thicker then a pair of opaque tights.

I been wearing them around the house but need some opinions on whether I should wear them out. I would not wear them if they are see through, but other than that leggings for yoga are ok. If see through, then only wear them as you would tights. You are never too old to wear normal leggings for your normal clothes, but I would never wear them without a long tunic or short dress over them.

At 66, I wear my leggings all the time but never without a tunic or top that is long enough to cover both beast……. It is a Huge pet peeve of mine to see anyone, of any age, advertising!! Must keep those beast in the barn ladies! Leggings are wonderful but do wear them modestly. I wear them with a tunic and booties or high boots and feel great. Any top should fall below the butt area. I am over 60 and love leggins, but have trouble finding things to wear with them…longer tunics, etc.

Can you give me some advice? I often wear short dresses over leggings instead of tunics. There are no special places to find them but you can see them everywhere. Just go for a style that suits you. Hit the stores perhaps wearing your leggings, and try a few! If you through all my outfits in the what i wore section, you can see many of my own examples.

The fabric is very high quality and a nice thickness. The hems are fully finished—not raw edged like a lot of cheap leggings. All the comfort and styling without the mess! I feel that some things like wearing short skirts not minis I am able to get away with. I do like solid colors and more fitted dresses and tops. As I am single, I would still like to dress to impress. I believe it immediately that you look a lot younger. So many Asians do; I can never guess the age of an Asian woman.

My site is dedicated to this topic so you will find articles throughout this site that tackle it. All the clothes I feature are in my opinion young and hip. I would say to trust your instinct. If you look in the mirror and it feels good to you, then it is.

I am a 42 year old woman who happens to be African American. I am fit, a size 2 and look like I am about 29… I still get carded at the liquor store. I would like to know how I can maintain my style without looking too young. While I prefer to look 29 vs 42 whatever 42 may look like, being stylish and chic is important to me. I also have trouble finding clothes sometimes because of my body type. So pants are usually tough. I have a size 2 waist and a size 4 butt like a tiny Kim Kardashian.

That is why I love my leggings and yoga pants. 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. I have been known to wear yoga pants and not keep my rear end covered. However, since they are thicker, I think this is more acceptable. I am honestly not sure.

I am considering investigating this subject further for a future hub. Thanks for the vote up and for the comment! I guess I consider my yoga pants to be a part of the legging family.

They're a staple for my around the house mommy look. I didn't wear many leggings when they were in fashion in the 80's and they're not any easier to find now.

For them to be long enough I need a 35" inseam. A top that is long enough to cover my bottom is just as much trouble. I'll wear leggings under ski pants or around the house, but I do wear yoga pants to the grocery store sometimes. When you see people there in their mismatched pajamas and house shoes I don't feel like I've fallen too far off the fashion mark. Thanks for sharing your fashion tips. Voted up and sharing! Thanks for the votes up! Leggings are so cute if worn the right way.

Thanks for helping promote my hub. Voted up up and up! I love leggings - my favorite look is my black leggings with ankle boots - long shirt and cute vest! Saiorse - Wow, thank you for being brave enough to admit you are one of the people that shows off without the tunic! It is not necessarily the panty lines that offends people though Some things are just not meant to be seen by everyone. But thank you for stepping up and admitting you proudly wear your leggings without the long shirt.

I see this look everyday, so I know there are people out there doing it. I hate to admit that I am old enough to have worn leggings, in the 's in high school. Back then, we never thought about pantylines, and I have to admit that I showed more than my share, in grey, and white leggings back then!!

With the fashion trends coming back to tight, unforgiving leggings, showing every little 'evil' bit of the chocolate that we adore, why hide all of the soft, cuddly parts, under tunics? My Fiancé loves when I wear tight leggings, with a visible pantyline! I am happy you both agree. I am hoping to force everyone to wear leggings the right way so not to offend the public.

Thanks for reading and for the comments! Jeannieinabottle, Great legging tips! You have made some suggestions that will be helpful to many! Leggings are wonderful and can be "flattering" when worn tastefully Totally agree with your comments - leggings can be very flattering if worn the right way!

I am glad you are on board with me on this one. I believe improper use of leggings is what ruined the fad the first time around. They are so comfortable and it is a shame that people don't get it. Everyone must stop abusing the look and wear some long sweaters. My eyes can't take it much more! My brother and I were discussing a campaign to ban skinny jeans; I added leggings to the ban because I am distraught nearly everytime I leave my house.

The fashion police needs to be ever present on this matter! What I've seen is downright undignified and uncivilized! Yes, I hope with this advice we can keep the leggings trend going. They are just so comfortable and affordable. I have seen some really scary leggings fashions out there. I suppose some people are not taking my advice. Thanks for reading and voting my hub up! Great hub Jeannie and here's hoping it will give longer life to our wonderful and 'forgiving' leggings.

I do agree with everything you have said about wearing leggings wrongly - omg the sights you see out on the street is vomit inducing!!! The sad part about it, is that I'm sure these women think they look good - but the opposite is true!! Well, I am glad we agree on this. I was sure someone was going to insist wearing leggings without a tunic or dress is OK, but everyone is on the same page that comments. It is interesting that I still see folks doing this though. Maybe they are not reading this hub.

I love leggings too, I wear them with long shirts, tunics or short dresses. Not that I wore leggings in the 80s I'm just a baby in that decade , but I totally agree with you jeannie, I also don't like the fashion faux pas that comes with leggings - it is not nice to look at from all angles! I am glad you read this hub then. I certainly hope you've at least been wearing the leggings as pants. I hope you did not mistaken them for a hat!

I am embarrassed to say that I have been wearing leggings all wrong. In fact, I'm pretty sure I was the cause of it's disappearance in the early 90s Thank you for helping me put the right leg ging forward in this regard. Thanks for reading and for sharing some leggings memories.

I also had leggings back in the day and I still have a couple of pairs. I can even fit into to them; they just don't look exactly the same on me now. I would say they are not quite a flattering as they once were. Just recently got back into leggings. The last time I wore them was, well, when you said they were popular too scared to say the year.

And the only reason I've put them on was because I got myself couple of dresses which tend to "travel up my legs" and look a bit I love your hub, made me travel back in time and gave me more courage to jump into my leggings. Yes, I loved the way you described stretchy leggings as forgiving!

Thanks for reading and for the comment. I really like leggings since they are very forgiving pants. You can gain or lose a few pounds, but they will just stretch along with you.

Leggings can definitely be hard to grasp, but I think when they're worn properly they're a great option. Thanks for the Hub! Yes, short shirts and leggings are not a good look.

Most people agree with me on this subject, yet when I walked through the mall yesterday, I saw so many people with that look. I guess I just have to try to reach one person at a time. Thanks for reading and for the comment! I never do that before with the short shirts and leggings together as I find it an uneasy and impolite way of match I am shocked at how many people I see in public wearing short shirts and leggings together. It is usually not a pretty sight.

You are right - leggings are intended for short dresses and sweater dresses. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment. Thanks for the hub! I adore leggings, especially now that I'm pregnant again, but they are a way to make short dresses and sweater dresses work.

I don't think I could even wear a short shirt and leggings around the house! Yes, there are some things best left to the imagination. Thanks for the votes and the comment! I love my leggings and you have it right on! Leggings ARE for under tunics and long shirts! Thanks for a good hub filled with good advice! Voted up and useful! Some of their shoes are cute though. Yes, perhaps a famous actress then. You are allowed to be curvy if you are an actress. Not likely to become a super model.

The poor girl is too endowed and curvy. They are all stick thin and boy straight. Maybe a famous actress. That is a really good point. I am sure at that height it is tough finding something long enough for her. Maybe she will become a super model! But for now, yes, leggings are a must. My daughter bought a dress shirt that was so short I wouldn't let her wear it without leggings. She is 5'10", just 14 and has a hard time finding dresses long enough.

She now has a colorful variety of leggings. She is allowed to wear the dress shirt. Thank you for your comment and thanks for using the word "tush. That is way nicer! Since then my once firm and toned body has gotten a little mushy It allows me to keep a feminine look while still covering up. They are a true asset in the closet if worn right! This hub has turned out to be much more popular than I anticipated. A lot of women have strong opinions about leggings.

I do know what you mean about jeggings vs. When I went to put the Amazon ads up, there was a pair of skinny jeans being advertised as jeggings. I changed the keywords a bit and fixed it. I can't confuse readers like that! I am trying to help the leggings wearers of the world, not confuse them.

Thanks for the vote up! So many people need to read this hub! I will say though that a lot of companies are calling things jeggings that really are skinny jeans. I have a pair from Levi that have denim and are thick, even hang like jeans but Levi says they are jeggings I suppose when it's put like that, maybe some gals should stay away.

But once again, if they bought the correct size, I am optimistic they could make it work. But then again, maybe I am not witnessing what you are seeing. Leggings are so cute, but there is so much leggings abuse! Thanks for reading and for your comment. A timely hub, Jeannie Sadly they do not realise this and think that a tunic makes it all right.

To them I would say You have been warned! Thank you both for your comments. Leggings and jeggings have become so popular. They really do look flattering when worn the right way. Hi Jeannie, Leggings are so popular here in the UK, everybody is wearing them! Like Cloverleaf I have never worn them out before, because I too felt self conscious! There is no need to feel self-conscious. Now you can go out there in public and wear leggings wherever you go.

Well, maybe not everywhere, but you get the idea. Thanks for the comment and the votes! Great fashion advice, Jeannie! I've always stuck to only wearing leggings around the house, mostly just because they are comfy. I think I've always been afraid of wearing them outdoors because I feel self-conscious!!!

But now I know how to wear them properly, so thank you! Thank you both for the comments and the votes. And yes, there are girls who wear tights as if they are leggings. Since the feet are not cut out, they are not fooling anyone. Maybe more people commit fashion crimes in Baltimore than other cities. See 4 more comments. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.

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Tunics are NOT Dresses I know this is an article about leggings, but while I am on the subject of styles gone wrong, I want to point out a disturbing new leggings-related fashion error. The World Thanks You! Please don't steal my work! Leggings Crime of Fashion Poll Have you ever worn leggings in public with a short shirt? Yes, and I will continue to do so. Yes, but I will stop now.

Thank you for showing me the error of my ways. No, I already know my fashion limitations when it comes to my butt. No, leggings are tacky. LOL I remember these--but we never called them "leggings," they were just "stretch pants. Voted up and funny! Thanks for linking my article.

What I mean is that this is just the style with teenage girls today. Thanks for dropping by and sharing! Plus 1 and tweeted!

Thank you Jeannineianbottle for yet another high quality hub!! Have you been wearing your hat as pants? That could be the problem. I now don't seem to have a proper hat There is also a beautiful bagCoach bag. Sorry to hear about your accident. I hope you are doing OK now. This is a great hub! I completely agree with you: I like Jeggings missus. My legs are the only skinny part on me, lol. I am usually found in my jeans though.

Great hub, made me laugh very much. Great hub and voting up and useful. Voted Up, makes me want to go out and buy some leggings. This website uses cookies As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.

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