How to Wear Leggings as Pants After 50

Examples of how to wear leggings as pants when you're over 50

For the last decade, leggings as pants have gone from “absolutely not” to a way of life. We know that teenagers and even young adults can pull off wearing leggings as pants, but what about women over 50? The answer is, of course! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Leggings Under an Asymmetrical Tunic

This bright and festive asymmetrical tunic is perfect for work or a night out with the girls. We love that with an outfit like this one, you are showing off some leg without leaving your bottom out in the open, to fend for itself.

2. Leggings Under a Poncho

Anyone can wear a poncho! Since most styles are long enough to cover the hips, the poncho makes a perfect companion for your leggings. Another plus is that ponchos can work as “outfit stretchers” — these are the pieces that combine with your tried-and-true basics to create a complete and put-together look.

This poncho from Evine offers a gorgeous v-neck cut with sleeves that swoop down for a comfy, yet sexy flare.

3. Leggings with a Skirt

Choose a skirt as an extra layer for dressier occasions, or when you’re tentative about wearing leggings as pants. This piece, a “skirted legging,” has the skirt built-in, but you can create your own skirted look with separates too. Look for skirts with a stretchier fabric that’s about the same weight as your leggings.

Another plus to this combo: it’s a conservative way to wear a short skirt at any age!

Choosing Shoes

Leggings can work with nearly any type of shoe — sneakers, pumps, sandals, boots and booties are all options:

  • Use a nice sneaker (vs. your beat-up cross-trainers) on casual days to let people know you’re not on your way to the gym.
  • Add femininity to your leggings ensemble with a sandal, flat or heeled.
  • Sleek open-toe booties and pumps are for your dressier, more sophisticated outfits.
  • Save the clunky boots for edgier days. If you tend to worry about your feet looking big, skip the boots entirely.
  • A tall boot with leggings keeps you warm and helps you feel less exposed in those tight pants.

If you’d like to see more on dressing over 50, try these:

How To: Shorts for Women Over 50

Dating Over 50? Three Foolproof Looks To Wear On a First Date


Jumpsuits for Women Over 50: How to Look Stylish



Martha-Raye is a senior at the University of Delaware, majoring in Environmental Studies. She loves fashion and music, especially eco-fashion. In her spare time, she sews, works out, and snuggles up with Netflix.

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