I would do the same for skinny jeans and not buy them too tight.
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.
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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: Anyone can wear them. Some people will tell you plus size women should not wear leggings. This is simply not true. As long as any woman is wearing them properly, a woman of any size can find them to look flattering.
First and foremost, wear a long shirt! This is the basic rule of leggings. You want to wear a long shirt, preferably a tunic. Tunics are made with leggings in mind. Make sure to buy your long shirt so it goes about 2 inches below your rear end. Yes, that is why they exist. It is just not proper to walk around making us look at your butt. Some dudes might want to see it, but to be honest, no one's butt no matter how much you work out!
It just simply leaves nothing to the imagination. So cover it up! Let's not even mention no one wants to see the front region either while you are wearing them. Just remember to cover it up, girls! Second, you can achieve this same look with a cute dress, a sweater dress, or a short skirt. Sometimes a skirt or a dress is just too short to look appropriate unless you are wearing leggings under it.
Leggings are often a quick fix for the, "Is this skirt too short? The bottom line is you are still keeping the private regions covered and that is the correct way to wear them.
Jeggings are like leggings' weird second cousins. I don't recall jeggings being around when leggings originally became popular, but nonetheless, they are cute and most of us have embraced them. Just keep in mind, they are still not jeans, even if they are made to look like denim. Also, please remember they are not skinny jeans either. So please don't treat them as such. Treat them the same way you would treat leggings. The same "cover it up" rules apply.
Sure, we all have some really thick tights in a dresser somewhere. That does not make them leggings. Tights go under skirts and dresses. They are not pants at all. Tights should not ever be considered pants and worn without a skirt, dress, or a pair of shorts if you are feeling really bold.
However, there are those of you that attempt to push the limits of good taste. Oh yes, I have seen you at the mall. You are wearing hot pink tights, a shirt, and polka dot underwear.
You know who you are! Clearly you are wearing tights since everyone can see your underwear. It does not look stylish or trendy. Instead, people pity you because they think you walked out your house without remembering to put your skirt on. 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.
I've noticed some younger women, like college students, are starting to wear tunics as if they are actual dresses. I realize some websites are calling tunics "tunic dresses," but they are still intended to be worn with leggings. The same way the photo above shows the leggings without a shirt or tunic covering it properly, that is merely for display purposes. The same goes for any photo showing off just a tunic without leggings.
Please do not go out sporting a tunic without a pair of leggings. We can tell it is not a real dress. You might think us older chicks are just out of style, but that is not the case. We just know you cannot wear a tunic without some pants. Please do us all a favor and put some leggings on underneath your tunic.
Not only do I thank you for taking the time to read all about the proper way to wear leggings, I also thank you if you follow these rules. As a matter of fact, I am sure the world thanks you for properly wearing them from now on.
Now go out there and wear some leggings! To comment on this article, you must sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Dolores Monet, I have the same problem with tops. I have a long torso, but short legs. I can wear a tunic or a short dress just like a regular top sometimes. It may also be possible to tuck them under, but I am not sure if they will stay. I must admit I use boots as a solution to that problem.
Well I'll miss the whole tunic and leggings trend. I have an awful time finding tops that are long enough. So many are so short that I can't reach up without showing my midsection and at my age, it ain't something ya really wanna see. A nice long tunic covers it all up and is so comfortable!
I've noticed people not wearing long shirts with leggings so much anymore. Although I still think you need to keep things covered up some, I know you are not alone with this opinion. Thanks for dropping by! I like wearing leggings because they're comfortable, but I wearing them without a long shirt would feel sooo weird.
Victoria Lynn - I used to wear them in the 80s and now I am wearing them again. They are great pants since I like to have a variety of pants to wear and leggings are so cheap. Also, they are very forgiving when a person gains a little weight or has a big meal. As a matter of fact, I think I have been thinking about leggings too much lately - I am actually writing an entirely new hub about leggings.
I also target yoga pants in this one, too. I expect I will be done with it around Monday or Tuesday. Thanks for the votes! DzyMsLizzy - Oh no, the stirrup pants! They were so awkward because you had to be the perfect height for them. If you were a little too tall, it would basically keeping pulling your pants down all day. I remember that weird pocket that would form at the top of my legs as those pants tried to go south all day long. I hope they never make a comeback!!!
Thanks for the vote and thanks for the comment. Laughed my rear off! Well, metaphorically speaking anyway. Regrettably not actually possible. I remember these--but we never called them "leggings," they were just "stretch pants. And even further back, there were 'stirrup pants' which were the same exact thing, but with a sling at the bottom that fitted under you foot, holding the pants from creeping upwards. I'm dating myself now! I wore leggings in the 80s--with long, very long, shirts.
I don't like them anymore now. I prefer looser clothing these days. What are they thinking? Especially in a professional setting.
Oh, I feel your pain! Usually skinny people can still make leggings work for them. One of my friends wears a really long shirt or dress over leggings and then puts boots on. The boots give the appearance that your legs are not as skinny. Hope that works for you! Impressive article, I am too skinny whenever I wear leggings my leg look like a toothpick so what could be the alternative that I can wear? Or how to make leggings suits on me.
Thank you so much. I also have one about the pajamas, too. Now could you please address the people who insist on going out in public to the grocery store and else where in their Pajamas and slippers?????? I've gained some weight recently, so leggings are my best pants right now I think someone that does not know how to even spell the word ridiculous might not want to judge me.
I am trying to help others not look ridiculous when wearing things in an inappropriate way that grosses out the rest of society. Have a nice day!
How rediculous you sound. How about you let others wear things the way they want. I hate it when people are so insistant about the right and wrong ways to wear things. Its quite pathetic really. Sunshine - I think with a long shirt or a skirt, leggings can look good on adults, but it is all about the style of the leggings and how it compliments the rest of the outfit. I've seen some horrific leggings nightmares at the mall. For this reason, leggings are bound to go out of style soon for the rest of us.
Thanks for the comment! Thanks for sharing this with your daughter. Even though it sounds like she doesn't need the help, she probably knows girls that do. Thanks for the timely useful information you shared with us. I will be sharing this with my teen-aged daughter who is fond of wearing leggings, though there is not much to worry about but just in case she forgot and goes overboard: There should be an age limit on who wears leggings. Under ten yrs old, maybe younger.
I've never seen anyone over the age of ten look good in a pair of leggings. Thank you for getting on board with me on this one. In a perfect world, everyone would follow the rules of leggings. I know it isn't happening when I see the way people are dressed at the mall, but I can only do so much. I think there are a few people I work with who could do with reading this I love my leggings, but only ever wear them out of my house with a long top, or a woolen dress and boots.
I wouldn't inflict my horrendous backside on anyone!!! Trust me, I see the same look in the U. I am not just talking about skinny or average sized girls either. Great article, if only more people would pay attention! Walking down any street in England, you're pretty much guaranteed to see a girl wearing poor quality, black leggings as if they were skinny jeans - normally with white underwear underneath which you can see all too much of. I suspect you and your classmates are really skinny and can get away with it to some degree.
It still doesn't mean it is a good idea, but I see it everyday and appreciate you admitting you do it. I appreciate you views and opinions but it doesn't mean I'm going to stop.
I think it looks really good: I'm really happy I could help. If I can just change one life at a time with this hub, I feel good. I hope she takes your advice. Tunics were created for a reason. I definitely need to show this hub to my younger sister! She's 14 and she is one of those girls who wears leggings with short shirts and also wears jeggings as jeans. I tell her it looks ridiculous and she just won't listen to me.
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