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Leggings Are Back! How Women Over 50 Can Rock The Trend

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Did you know that the once-casual legging has undergone a chic transformation, taking centre stage on this season’s runways? From luxe fabrics to unexpected pairings, the legging is no longer relegated to the gym; it’s ready to elevate your everyday wardrobe.

And the best part? This trend is for everyone, including women over 50 who know a thing or two about rocking timeless style.

How to choose the perfect pair of leggings

If you think of the qualities and versatility that make leggings such a beloved style item — it makes sense that we keep wearing them for running errands, and special nights out, too.

They have been a staple in streetwear fashion since the 1970s and 1980s and today with stylish details and shapes that mimic pants, they have evolved beyond just workout gear.

Leggings are a comfortable and supportive alternative to tights“, says the Fearless Fashionista, and CrunchyTales expert, Lauren Simmonds. “They provide us with coverage, flexibility and comfort and modern versions have structure – including shapewear, support, moisture-wicking properties, too. They can work as a stylish layering piece when balanced with flowy garments like tunics and robes. They also work with oversize blazers, and are fantastic when worn under skirts during the cold weather”.

Ideally, regardless of your taste, body shape and fitness level, you should opt for high-rise leggings made with premium fabric that offers excellent stretch without compromising on opacity. Look for a blend of cotton, spandex, and polyester to ensure a snug and flattering fit that retains its shape. Even better, if you choose a model with a wide waistband that stays in place. It can be quite frustrating when it rolls down beneath your stomach as soon as you sit down.

The rise of fancy leggings

The rise of athleisure, the blurring of lines between athletic and everyday wear, has played a significant role in the legging’s ascent. Consumers are demanding comfort and versatility, qualities that leggings inherently possess. But high-fashion brands go beyond basic black.

The legging has always been a foundation piece, but now it’s evolved into a statement. This season high-fashion brands are pushing the boundaries by using rich velvets and high-waisted cuts, creating a more sophisticated and elevated look. The legging is no longer just for the gym; it’s ready to conquer the streets and even the red carpet“, continues Lauren Simmonds.

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Here are some key trends to inspire your own stylish legging looks:

  1. Wide-leg silhouettes:
    Skinny leggings are taking a backseat this year, replaced by wider-leg styles. Think flares, bootcuts, and even palazzos with a legging-like comfort. These offer a versatile and flattering option, perfect for dressing up or down. Look for brands like Vuori, lululemon, and Alo Yoga leading this trend.
  2. Stirrup details:
    Remember the stirrup leggings of the 90s? They’re back with a modern twist! The subtle strap under the foot adds a touch of sophistication and can elongate the leg visually. Pair them with a flowy top or an oversized blazer for a chic and unexpected look. Also, think of versions with statement pockets, unexpected zippers, and playful ruffles that add a touch of personality and visual interest.
  3. The all-in-one bodysuit:
    This combines the comfort of leggings with the polished look of a top. Look for bodysuits with built-in leggings in various necklines and sleeve lengths. This option creates a streamlined silhouette and eliminates the need for constant tucking and adjusting.
  4. Luxe fabrics and textures:
    Leggings are no longer just for workouts. High fashion takes them into the evening with luxurious fabrics like leather, faux leather, and even velvet. These elevate the look and feel, making leggings appropriate for dressier occasions. Take inspiration from Victoria Beckham, who presented a sophisticated take on leggings in rich, chocolate brown leather, paired with a crisp white shirt and a longline blazer.
  5. Unexpected Pairings:
    Gone are the days of leggings solely with sweatshirts. This season, fashion houses are pushing boundaries with bold pairings. Chanel showcased a stunning combination of black leggings with a tweed jacket and a silk blouse, proving that leggings can be just as polished as trousers.

In conclusion, there’s no need to relegate leggings to the back of your closet just because you’re over 50. With a few key considerations – like choosing a flattering fit, ensuring appropriate coverage, and considering the occasion – you can rock leggings in your 50s and beyond.

Embrace the comfort and versatility they offer while still expressing your personal style and feeling confident and put-together. Remember, fashion has no age limit, so wear what makes you feel good!

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