Rules for Wearing Leggings for Women Over 50

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Black leggings are a staple in my wardrobe. They are so comfortable, practical, and they can be dressed up or down depending on where you are going. I know that the topic of wearing leggings out of the house can be a bit controversial, but today I am teaching you the 3 rules of wearing leggings for women over 50 and how to look fabulous doing it! I’m also sharing my favorite places to buy leggings, including faux leather leggings, and how I style them.

I’m a big believer that you can, and should, wear anything that you want as long as you feel great while wearing it; however, there are a few rules for wearing leggings, especially for those of us that are over 50.

If you want more inspiration on how to style and wear leggings for women over 50, you’ll want to read these posts as well:

The Rules for Wearing Leggings for Women Over 50

I love wearing leggings around the house all year round, but I’m not a fan of compression leggings. I don’t like feeling like a sausage; I would rather be comfortable. The biggest issue I have with most leggings is that you end up with a muffin top since they squeeze you at the waist. Luckily, my recommendations and tips below will help you avoid that!

1. Tight on the bottom, loose on the top.

I like to balance the look of the fitted leggings on my bottom-half with something that has more volume up top. This means I am usually looking for something like a flowy blouse or a cozy, oversized sweater. In the look above, I balanced out the leggings and knee-high boots with this cream turtleneck sweater.

2. Cover your rear.

While leggings really are pants, they can be too revealing for most of us women over 50. Try to make sure that your top hits below your hips so that your “business” is covered. Tunics are an easy option for making sure your shirt is long enough. I also like adding a cardigan over a tee for a cute, casual, and modest look. Similar to a cardigan, I added a longer puffer vest in the look above.

3. Elongate your legs by adding a shoe in the same color as the legging.

Make your legs look long and lean by pairing your leggings with your favorite boots, flats, loafers, and heels in the same color. I don’t always follow my own advice because I do love wearing white sneakers for a casual, sporty look, but I do think leggings are the most flattering when you follow this rule!

The Best Leggings for Women Over 50

I like looking for a nice thick material so that my leggings are not at all see-through. I also make sure to choose a pair with a thick waistband to help hold everything into place.

1. Lululemon Align Leggings

You all know these are my go-to leggings! I tried them a few years ago, and I am hooked. They are a bit of a splurge. The minute I pulled on the Align Leggings, I was hooked. They are incredibly soft and paper-thin. However, they aren’t see-through at all, and they seem to be durable. I’m not sure how they do that, but they do. My DIL tells me they have an incredible return policy, but I’ve not read it yet. These are the 23 “crops; I wear a size 10 in these, and I love the fit.

2. HeyNuts on Amazon

It’s important to note that you should strongly consider trying this Amazon pair that are very comparable to Lululemon’s Align leggings. They have excellent reviews and are under $28! I have these, and a large fits me best.

3. The Gym People on Amazon

Here is another pair of highly rated and loved leggings from Amazon. This pair of leggings are under $25 and will hold you in for a flattering fit. They also have a pocket, which is very handy for storing your phone or car key while you are out running errands!

4. Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

I have been wearing this brand from Nordstrom for a few years and I really love their leggings. They are very flattering and have a no-slip waistband. I think a large is the best fit for me.

5. Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

I love the edginess that faux leather leggings for women over 50 bring to an outfit! This pair from Spanx are fabulous, and I’ve been wearing mine for several years. They are very comfortable and flattering. If they are rolling down on you, then you likely need to size up!

What to Wear with Leggings: Outfit Inspiration

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