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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Leggings, Jeggings and Ageless Style


image from Black Milk Clothing, Brisbane
Leggings have been worn for some time now - and I frequently see them worn just like in the picture above.  Frequently on people who do not have the same figures as the model above.

I saw very sheer black  leggings being worn today by a lady with white hair and a figure not quite like that of the lithe model above (she was about three times the size for a start).   She wore them with a nondescript  lumpy jumper of indeterminate colour and sling back heels.  I am not sure if when she looked in the mirror she saw 18 instead of nearing 80, but in my opinion, it was not a good look.

A few minutes later I was in the bank and saw another lady with white hair - and about the same age as the lady I just mentioned.  She wore slim black jeans, a fitted black and white t-shirt with an overlayer that skimmed her body.  Her hair was up, and she wore gorgeous coral lipstick and nail polish (she was a spring).  She looked absolutely fantastic.

Further along I saw another very petite lady with very white hair, beautifully cropped. She wore dark blue denim jeggings tucked into knee high boots and over this, a mid thigh tunic in a pretty floral.  She looked gorgeous.

Now I think older ladies can look stylish in leggings - Mary commented the other day that they look fantastic with whimsical skirts and dresses - I agree, and the lady in the example above looked fantastic in that sort of outfit.  But I also think they can look awful...


Ezibuy leggings
  I think these could look smart with the right layering over them. But, I don't think a lady over a certain age should wear them like the young lady above.  In fact, I remember wearing leggings the first time around - and I wore them in the right context - a dance studio - and I always wore a little wrap skirt and cardigan over them when I left.

Some of you have already commented that you think leggings are inappropriate or not the style you would wear.

What do you think an older lady should wear - should she wear leggings, and if so, how should she wear them?  Do you think leggings can be worn in a way that can create Ageless Style?

Sarah Liz :)

29 comments:

  1. Ive just discovered legging, yes a bit late in the day. I have grey hair. I can see the appeal they are so comfy. My teenage daughter lives in them for that reason, like the top picture. I however would never wear them like that. Over a tunic, skirt or dress, yes. In answer to your question I think it depends on how you wear them and if you have that style about you to carry them off.

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    1. I quite agree Louise - it's not the age or hair colour, but the way you wear them that counts.

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  2. I love leggings. That being said, I really think it is a proportion thing. I have fairly shapely legs, which I think are made for them. My mother, on the other hand, has teensy little legs and a not so teensy torso, so it just doesn't work. Since I'm short, I also try not to wear something so baggy on top with them. A little skimming is in order. I have gray hair, but I color it away. I am pushing 40.

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    1. Hi Heather, you do have lovely legs, and leggings with a tunic over the top skimming your body would look fantastic - and youthful. 40 is a great age.

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  3. Well, I used to wear leggings when I was younger but never w/ them exposed - again due to my conservative nature. I have a pair of skinny jeans that I wear, but only w/ long tops or jackets to cover my bum LOL I do not think there is an age limit on wearing them, but holy cow, cover up - most especially those who really do not have the figure to pull it off. Where I live there are many, many obese/over weight people, and they seem to live in that type of clothing. Seeing those people day in and day out is a reminder to me to not dress like that. I guess I kind of ranted. Sorry...

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    1. Totally agree... There was a lady [mid 40's] walking away from church the other night. She had leggings on and a top that was right at her behind... It looked awful. From behind [which is what I saw] ,it looked like she had stocking and a blouse on].It was rough. ha

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    2. Hi ladies, I see this sight all the time where I live - morbidly obese people in leggings and tshirts with both large b..s and tums showing. Really offputting. That is what got me started yesterday - seeing an elderly, obese lady dressed this way was too much for me. With young girls I realise it's what they do. I like modesty as well - and dressing to flatter the body not show it off in all it's non glory.

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  4. I think an older lady should wear what she likes and feels good in. I hope that when I am elderly I don't give any thought to what other people think. I do now unfortunately - I guess when you are in business you have to - but I do hope to grow into a cantankerous old lady who thumbs her nose at others.

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    1. Hi BeaJay - I'm going to be a wicked old lady in gorgeous clothes, when I figure out how to sew them :) Looks as though you are looking forward to casting off the shackles of the corporate world :)

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  5. I am a firm believer in if you experienced a fashion trend once, you should really consider it, before doing it the second time ... :-)

    I am pear shaped and both skinny jeans and leggings with tunics don't really work for me. I don't like how I look with them. I think I and most other people could do leggings as a replacement for black winter tights though i.e. with a skirt or maybe even shorts on top.

    On old ladies dressing:
    Years ago I watched 'What not to wear' with Trinnie and Susanna in the UK where one of them went out and bought the various 'comfortable' clothes old ladies tend to wear. After spending all day in them, they then went out and redress some of the old ladies as part of the show. I found this a very eye-opening programme, because whilst most of them said they didn't care what other people thought, they did however feel down about themselves and the way they looked. Obviously when they wore something more shapely that defined their curves (despite it all going south as one lady put it), they felt better and they felt less invisible, but it's a TV show, so it should be taken with a grain of salt.

    Obviously you don't start out wearing elasticated waists and shapeless clothes, but I noticed that now that I am a SAHM where comfort and expediency seems to trump style and I don't know whether that's been so great for my confidence. The only time people seem to take notice is when it goes spectacularly wrong.

    Anyway, sorry to waffle on for so long :-)

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    1. Hello Giggles, you are quite welcome to waffle on as much as you like - I'm always interested in what people think and feel.

      I agree with you, pear shapes in leggings do not always look good :) At least you know that, many don't. And I agree, leggings are nice with clothes, not without them. It just looks like you forgot to get dressed :)

      Yes, comfort dressing seems to be what happens when you are SAH - whether as a Mum, student, work from home. I'm afraid I dress for comfort too, now, and I really have to solve the problem of style at home with practicality and comfort.

      I did enjoy T and S shows - and most of us do feel better when we wear clothes in colours and styles that suit us.

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  6. The worst "leggings" I saw was on a largish girl. She wore a sweatshirt on top that did not cover her bum.... the problem was the black "leggings" were obviously cheap and so somewhat thin, so the white of her undies showed through! Yerughhh! She looked like she'd forgotten to put her skirt on and was out in her tights! Not a good look!

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    1. I've seen plenty of that here Mary - on super obese people - sometimes even the tummy is hanging down. Not an attractive look - please put a dress on, I feel like saying :)

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  7. For an older lady to wear leggings, she should !. Note her weight and hip size. 2. Match the leggings with a loose/flowing tunic that covers the hips. 3. Wear undergarments that are slimming and don't show under leggings. You know what? I think these rules fit for all ages!

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    1. Hello Regina, you are quite right - this is the correct way to wear leggings - and also with pretty dresses. And as you say, for all ages.

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  8. I'm going to vote with the crowd - it's more an issue of style and body shape than age. That being said, I hope that with age I have figured out that mini skirts are impractical for anything requiring sitting and bending. Leggings shouldn't be worn alone if they look like you forgot to finish dressing.

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    1. Hi Marjorie - you are spot on - shape and style are what matters. I don't like leggings, but that is because they don't suit me and they are not my style - on some people, worn with other garments they look fantastic

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  9. I am not comfortable with leggings and i don't own any. I fit into the white haired baby boomer brigade and my body shape is not what it used to be. I don't even like tight jeans on myself. I could probably get away with leggings and a long tunic, but I just don't feel that is how I want to look. There are many other options for looking smart without looking like mutton dressed as lamb.

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    1. Hi, like me, leggings are not your style. I won't wear them because I want to look more elegant one day to reflect who I am and who I am becoming.

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  10. I have recently started to wear denim jeggings after vowing I wouldn't! They are nice thick denim with good stretch so they keep their shape, and hold me in a little. As I'm quite short I don't like anything too baggy with them, but I tend to wear a fitted(ish) top which comes at least to the top of my legs with a longer loose cardigan over. I'm quite enjoying the look.

    I think you can wear leggings as you get older, but only if you've got the figure and style them right. Mind you, the same could be said for leggings at any age!

    My real pet hate is leggings that aren't completely opaque, so the wearers skin (and too often, underwear) can be seen thought the fabric.

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    1. Yes the see through legging look is not attractive, I agree :)

      Your jeggings sound gorgeous, and with the right layering pieces I think they can be a lovely casual look. Once again, if you have the figure for them, and if it is your style. I agree, the older lady who wears them this way would look elegant, but I am afraid that the older lady I saw yesterday had the look you described.

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  11. I Think Proportion Is Important, Even If They R Young And Model Type.I Once Saw A Top Model In My Country In ALadies Room In A Mall, Wearing Head To Toe Cobalt Blue Leotard. She is Gorgeous, But It Is Still A Weird Look Outside Of A Dance Studio. And Ladies Young Or Not young in Leggings With Cropped Or Short Shirts, Still Not A Good Look. Maybe Young Ones Get Away With It, Kinda. It's Not the Same As Jeans With Shorter Shirts.Hmmmm Am All For Self Expressions, Freedom Of ChoicE And So On. Esp Since I m also, So Appreciative Of My Freedom To Wear My Sadly Baggy
    Clothes(While I Find My WayTo ReconNect AnD Reconcile With My PostPost baby Body & Style) SO I Will Just cringe Inwardly Whenever I Get Flashed By HmmmmParades Of Camel Toes From Young And Old... Hehehe....

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    1. Hi Far - I think there is a consensus that leggings with short tops is not a good look - best with tunics or dresses to cover up. I love you comment about freedom of expression, and that you can wear what you like post baby, even if saggy - but at least you are covered up - wearing leggings and short shirts leaves nothing to the imagination in some cases :) I think flowing tunics over leggings can be nice when occupying a "transitional" body :)

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  12. Sarah, what a good question. I am older [and I don't wear leggings].However, I don't think you should be judged by your age, but rather how your clothing looks on you as an individual. Your body type has a lot to do with it.. What ever, you wear. I vote for modesty. And wearing what looks good on your body type.

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    1. I like modesty as well, and the top picture does not leave much to the imagination. Otherwise I agree with you - all ages can look good. I don't wear them as a rule because they are not my style.

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  13. Personally, I'm not a lover of leggings and would never wear them, but then I have tree trunks vs legs :-) :-). Unfortunately, some people (young and old) fail to make the distinction between fashion and fashion sense.

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  14. Janine, I love your body shape insight - I wish some of the leggings wearers had some :)

    Also, I quite agree with your comment about fashion and fashion sense. Wish I had said it.

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  15. I hate leggings. Ok, I don't hate them but I hate that people *think* they are pants! They are not pants!!! They are a layering garment. Like, a camisole is NOT a top - it isn't a "tank top" it's a layering garment!

    My daughter is 15, 5'7" and 115 lbs. Leggings are NOT pants. Leggings are NOT to be worn out of the house. Period.

    They're nice for lounging around at home and layering if you like (my daughter wouldn't wear a skirt or tunic if you paid her and dresses only for formal occasions)...but not treated as a normal pair of pants.

    Rant off. LOL!

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  16. I quite agree - I saw a white pair today with just a little top - nothing, but nothing was left to the imagination. I do wish they would think about how they look and what their look is saying.

    I don't mind leggings worn out but always with some sort of dress or skirt over the top of them.

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